India has concluded its Super 12 campaign in T20 Globalism 2022 Cup with a comprehensive victory over Zimbabwe on Sunday and taking first place in Group B. India’s win, India’s fourth win in the competition, means they will face England in the semi-finals at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Zimbabwe’s problems started with the first delivery thanks Virat Kohli He took an impressive low catch in short cover with Bhuvneshwar Kumar landing an early hit. Soon they found themselves in deep trouble on 5/36 as all four of the Indians hit Muhammad al-Shami’s blows to score two of them.
Ryan Burl and Sikandar Raza tried to rebuild the chase with some great shots. They succeeded in their efforts to some extent, adding 60 strokes to the sixth wicket.
However, Ravichandran Ashwin then fired a slip as he cleaned up Pearl in the 35 before hitting twice in one to leave them reeling at 106/8 in 15.5 trailing. Then Raza hid at 34 while India tightened the noose.
This was after Suryakumar lit up the MCG with some amazing hits as he sprinted to 61 of 25 unbeaten to push them to what turned out to be an overall match win. Kuala Lumpur’s Rahul also scored half a century – his second consecutive goal in the tournament.
Suryakumar was at his best as he produced impressive shots with the scoop over his exact leg from the final delivery was the best to help India finish at the highest level. At some point, Zimbabwe would have felt confident limiting their opponents under 160 but thanks to SKY’s brilliance, India managed to plunder 79 points out of the last five.
SKY hit six fours and four sixes during his attack.
Although Zimbabwe had a moment after taking three wickets in quick succession including Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant raised their hopes of keeping India under 160.
However, Suryakuamr and Hardik Pandya (18 of 18) settled into roles with a 65-run position for the fifth wicket to set the base for a runway finish. For India, Ashwin took 3/22 while Muhammed Shami and Hardik Pandya came in with a few stakes each.
In the first semi-final on Wednesday, New Zealand, last year’s runner-up, will play Pakistan.