Following the conclusion of the second week of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, the tournament has got its four semi-finalists. New Zealand topped Group 1 and became the first team to qualify for the knockouts. England and Australia both ended the group with seven points. However, the defending champions and hosts got knocked out due to a low run rate.
In Group 2, the Men in Blue topped the points table with eight points. They beat Zimbabwe by 71 runs to finish on top. Pakistan also qualified as the second team in the group by defeating Bangladesh by five wickets. Pakistan sneaked in after South Africa were eliminated following a 13-run loss to the Netherlands in their last Super 12 match. He is the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 team of week 2.
Openers: KL Rahul, Alex Hales
India’s KL Rahul and England’s Alex Hales will be the openers in the dream team for week 2. After three successive failures, Rahul lifted himself and smashed 50 off 32 against Bangladesh and 51 off 35 against Zimbabwe. Alex Hales pipped his captain Jos Buttler to the opening slot. The comeback man hammered 52 off 40 against New Zealand in a significant win and then hammered 47 off 30 in the must-win game against Sri Lanka.
Middle-order: Kane Williamson (capt), Suryakumar Yadav, Lorcan Tucker (wk)
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will lead the team of the week. After a run-a-ball 40 against England, which led to a lot of criticism, he lifted himself with a blazing 61 off 35 against Ireland in a must-win encounter.
Suryakumar Yadav has been the easiest choice in playing XI. His batting has been on a completely different level. He followed up his 68 against South Africa in a losing cause in Perth with a 16-ball 30 against Bangladesh. SKY then hammered a terrific 61 not out in only 25 balls as India thumped Zimbabwe by 71 runs.
Yes, it came in a losing cause. But Ireland’s keeper-batter Lorcan Tucker’s unbeaten 71 off 47 balls was a top-quality knock. It came against an Aussie bowling attack comprising Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa.
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Shadab Khan
Australia may have been knocked out of the tournament, but Glenn Maxwell finds a place in the playing XI for week 2 for signing off with a typically flamboyant show. In what turned out to be the defending champions’ last game of the World Cup, the Big Show clobbered an unbeaten 54 in 32 balls against Afghanistan. He then produced a brilliant direct hit to run-out Gulbadin Naib and ended a threatening stand.
Shadab Khan’s all-round brilliance went a long way in resurrecting Pakistan’s World Cup campaign. His 22-ball 52 and 2/16 stunned South Africa and kept Pakistan alive. He also picked up wickets off consecutive deliveries in the victory over Bangladesh, which sealed Pakistan’s semi-final spot.
Bowlers: Shaheen Afridi, Mark Wood, Anrich Nortje, Arshdeep Singh
Last week, Shaheen Afridi was in the news for his fitness. Now, everyone is only raving about his bowling. His figures of 3/14 destroyed South Africa. The left-arm pacer followed it up by registering career-best T20I figures (4/22) against Bangladesh in the do-or-die clash.
England’s Mark Wood blew away Sri Lanka with his pace, registering figures of 3/26. He also claimed 1/25 in the win over New Zealand.
South Africa may have been ousted from the T20 World Cup, but Anrich Nortje made his impact felt in no uncertain terms. He was slightly expensive against Pakistan but did claim four wickets. Nortje (1/10) gave nothing away against the Netherlands. However, his batters let him down.
Arshdeep Singh carried on his great form with the ball. After a two-for against South Africa, he dismissed Shakib Al Hasan and Afif Hossain against Bangladesh. The left-armer followed it up with 1/9 in two overs against Zimbabwe, cleaning up Regis.