England was the favorite to finish atop Group 1, but it had to overcome major hurdles to qualify for the semifinals.

In a stunning reversal, it lost to Ireland in a rain-affected game by 5 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. Then its highly anticipated match against Australia was washed out at the MCG.

England came through in the last two games, beating New Zealand in Brisbane and edging Sri Lanka in Sydney. That was just enough for England to edge into second spot behind New Zealand and narrowly ahead of 2021 champion Australia afer all three teams equal on points.

Openers Alex Hales and Jos Buttler have been in fine form, scoring 125 and 119 runs from four games, respectively.

The England middle order is struggling though, with Ben Stokes the top scorer in four games with a mere 58 runs.

Dawid Malan, the former No. 1-ranked T20 batter, has 56 runs in four games and could be in doubt for the semifinals owing to a groin injury sustained against Sri Lanka.

If Malan were to be ruled out, it would likely mean Stokes bats at No. 3 in the semifinal.

It would also mean more would be expected of big-hitting Liam Livingstone, who has scored 54 runs in four innings.

India also has form and injury concerns over skipper Rohit Sharma, who has tallied just 89 runs in five innings and took a blow to the arm during practice on Tuesday. He is expected to be fit the semis.

England hasn’t played in Adelaide in this tournament, while India beat Bangladesh here in its penultimate group game. The pitch is expected to be batter-friendly, with no rain on the forecast.

Unlike the other test match venues in Australia, the square boundaries at the Adelaide Oval are short, ranging from 55-65 meters, and are a prime target for big-hitting batsmen on both sides.

Meanwhile, England captain Jos Buttler doesn’t want to see Pakistan-India final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

“We certainly don’t want to see Pakistan-India final . We’ll be trying all we can do to make sure that it doesn’t happen,” he said.

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