The second stage of 2016 ICC World Twenty20 competition is starting from 15 March, Tuesday and we have got 10 teams to compete for 4 spots in semi-finals. These ten teams are categorized into two groups; 1 and 2. Top two teams from these groups will through to the knockout stage. Sri-Lanka, South Africa, England, West Indies and Afghanistan are in group-1 and India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Australia are placed in group-2.
2016 World T20 Semi-Finals Prediction
South African cricket team will be hot favorite from group-1 to qualify for wt20 semi-final. They are having a good side in all prospects of the game. The main strength of the side is their batting which is lead by AB De Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller and Quinton de Kock. The 360 degree player de villiers will be the most vital part of batting line up as as knows very well about these Indian conditions.
David Miller and JP Duminy’s striking capabilities and power to hit the big sixes in the middle and last overs of the innings, really makes Proteas strong team. Dale Steyn, Rabada and Tahir will be crucial on this conditions, especially Tahir who is becoming a world class spinner. Hence South Africa is out first choice from Group-1 for semi-final.
SA WT20 Squad: Faf du Plessis (Captain), AB de Villiers, Kyle Abbott, JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Dale Steyn, Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Hashim Amla, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Chris Morris, David Wiese.
England is the second team I’ve predicted from Group-1 for world t20 semi-final 2016. The English side knows how to play and handle pressure in big matches as they won championship in 2010. Though this is not the side which lifted the trophy but still they have been performing good in recent few months. Eoin Morgan has really made an impact with captaincy.
Joe Root, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali are the key players in England roster for wt20. Hales, Buttler, Root, Morgan are very important batsmen in the side along with all-rounders Stokes and Moeen Ali. Liam Plunkett will be the crucial fast bowler for English team.
ENG WT20 Squad: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Reece Topley, James Vince, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, Chris Jordan, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson.
From second group of super 10 stage, Indian team are favorites to make it into the semi-final. They are having a good side under MS Dhoni’s leadership. Men in Blue have been playing some great t20 games over the past 1-2 months in which they defeated Australia, Sri Lanka and won Asia Cup. India is having good playing line up and perfect combination to go beyond in the tournament.
Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and MD Dhoni are in tremendous form and can really destroy any bowling attack in the event single handedly. Bowling has become India’s strength as experienced Ashish Nehra returned to the side and youngster Jasprit Bumrah’s un-orthodox has really done the trick for Men in Blue. Spin attack has already done great insights of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
IND WT20 Squad: MS Dhoni (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi.
Kane Williamson can really give the joy to nation that they have been waiting for quite long. New Zealand are the second prediction from our side to be in the semi-final for 2016 wt20. Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Grant Elliott and Corey Anderson are the vital players for Kiwis to perform well in the competition. Though Group-2 is the group of death having Australia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Tim Southee, Michell McClenaghan, Trent Boult will definitely be crucial bowlers for Blackcaps. But the fact is NZ team is quite weaken with their spin bowling options. Ish Sodhi and Nathan McCullum have to play their parts if they want to go further in ICC world t20 2016.
NZ WT20 Squad: Kane Williamson (Captain), Grant Elliott, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Corey Anderson, Nathan McCullum, Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
What are your thoughts on this prediction, which four teams will reach to the semi-finals of ICC World T20?