T20 World Cup: India set up England semi-final with 71-run win over Zimbabwe

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Group 2, Melbourne
India 186-5 (20 overs): Suryakumar 61* (25), Rahul 51 (35); Williams 2-9
Zimbabwe 115 (17.2 overs): Burl 35 (22), Raza 34 (24); Ashwin 3-22
India won by 71 runs
Scorecard; Tables

England take on India in the Men’s T20 World Cup semi-finals on Thursday as Rohit Sharma’s side clinched top spot in Group Two with a 71-run win over Zimbabwe.

They scored 186-5 with Suryakumar Yadav smashing a masterful 61 off 25 balls to add to KL Rahul’s 51.

Zimbabwe were unable to do so after Weseley Madhevere lost the first ball and were bowled out for 115 in Melbourne.

Pakistan will face New Zealand in the first semi-final on Wednesday.

Men’s T20 World Cup semi-final schedule

Wednesday 9 November (Sydney, 08:00 GMT): New Zealand v Pakistan

Thursday 10 November (Adelaide, 08:00 GMT): India v England

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India were going well, but they went from 87-1 to 101-4, and were in danger of going under the mark.

Rahul helped set the platform, but for the second game in a row he bowled out after reaching his half-century.

However, Suryakumar stood tall again, taking advantage of some questionable areas from Zimbabwe with leg-side boundary flicks and ramps to pepper him constantly as India scored 79 runs from the last five overs.

The chase was tame, with the wicket of the first ball swinging Zimbabwe, and their top order could never recover or score against a high-quality Indian bowling attack.

Ryan Burl played beautifully, hitting sweeps on both sides of the wicket in 22 balls of his 35, as did Sikandar Raza for his 34.

However, once Burl fell after 13.2 overs, Zimbabwe’s tail quickly withered as they were bowled out in 17.2 overs to slide to a heavy defeat.

They finished last in Group Two, which means they will have to qualify for the next T20 World Cup in 2025 in the West Indies and the United States.