ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Group 1 Status Post England vs Australia T20I match+ Betting odds & tips
As England hammered Australia by eight wickets in a Group 1 match of the T20 World Cup on October 30, it’s the best time to look at how Group 1 looks like and which teams are likely to make it to the semi finals.
But before that, a bit on how England defeated Australia comfortably. England is one of the favourites to win theICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Therefore, it didn’t come as a surprise that England could beat Australia, but the manner in which it did shows that England is going to win all matches of Group 1.
In terms of sheer ability, no other team of Group 1 comes even within the touching distance of England, and therefore, England is likely to top Group 1. In the Australia match, England bowlers ensured that, except for Aaron Finch (who scored 44 runs), no other Aussie batsman could make a respectable score.
Chris Woakes, who, until a few months ago, wasn’t even in the T20 lineup, was all over the Australian top order. He took the wicket of David Warner and followed that up by trapping the in-form Glen Maxwell LBW, leaving Australia struggling at 15 for 3 in the 4th over of their batting.
So dominant were English bowlers that they never let the Aussie batsmen come back into the match. Late hitting by Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc helped Australia reach 125, but 125 was no score for the kind of batting England has in the T20 format.
Joss Buttler hammered Australian bowlers all over the park by hitting five 6’s and five 4’s, eventually scoring 71 runs off just 32 balls. As a result, England could chase the score in just 11.4 overs.
England has two matches remaining, one against Sri Lanka and the other against South Africa. With its form, England is likely to win both the matches and stay at the top of Group 1.
Betting prediction for the other team from Group 1, which will reach the semi-final
Now that we have explained how England is well on course to top Group 1 and reach the semi-final of the T20 World Cup, let’s look at which other team is likely to make it to the knockout stage from Group 1.
Fun88’s experts think that betting odds favour Australia to reach the semi-final from Group 1. You may ask how? Australia has two matches left, one against Bangladesh and the other against West Indies.
We think that Australia is going to win both of its remaining matches comfortably, given the form it is in. Even though it was badly beaten by England, Australia has performed reasonably well in the world cup.
For example, it beat South Africa by five wickets and Sri Lanka by seven wickets. On both occasions, Australia looked well at ease against the opposition. Therefore, we think it is most likely to end at the Number 2 spot in Group 1, thereby making it to the knockout round.
That also means that South Africa, which is currently ranked Number 2 in Group 1, will be eliminated. South Africa has two matches left, one against Bangladesh and the other against England.
While the Proteas can win the contest against Bangladesh, it will be very tough for them to beat England, who are in great form at the moment. The only way for the Proteas to reach the semi-finals is if they beat England, and we think the probability of that is very low.
So, England and Australia are likely to end as Number 1 and Number 2 sides of Group 1, respectively.
Teams to crash out of the tournament will be West Indies, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Bangladesh
Betting odds clearly indicate that West Indies, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Bangladesh will crash out of the T20 World Cup. The defending champions, West Indies, will be disappointed by the result, but they have not looked their best.
So far, the Windies have won only one of the three matches they have played. The one match they won was against Bangladesh, which also was a narrow victory. They lost comprehensively to England and South Africa.
Their key players, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, and Kieron Pollard, have aged and are well past their peak. Meanwhile, their younger players aren’t doing that well. As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, they just don’t seem to be having the right kind of players to do well in a T20 tournament.
Let’s talk of Bangladesh, which has one of the best all-rounders in the world in Shakib Al Hasan. Having one or two great players doesn’t win you matches. Bangladesh has lost all three games it has played.
Simply put, teams, which don’t have the right combination of players, will struggle to advance to the knockout stage. South Africa may have a few good players like Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada, but as a unit, it’s not as capable as other teams.
England and Australia are two teams, which indeed have the right balance and are therefore expected to go far in the tournament.
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