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Zampa to Malik: Players Who Can Prove Decisive in T20 WC Semi-finals

The 2021 T20 World Cup has reached its business end and this is where teams would expect their best players to stand out. At the same time, it is important for the players in form like Australia’s Adam Zampa or England’s Jos Buttler to continue their good touch and carry it in these crunch games.

In this article, we’re looking at all such players who are in decent touch going into the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup.

ADAM ZAMPA (Australia)

Australia’s leg-spinner Adam Zampa’s 5/19 against Bangladesh stands as the best figures of the tournament so far. Interestingly, it is also the best ever figures by an Australian bowler in T20I cricket. Adam Zampa has picked up 11 wickets in the competition which is the second-best in the tournament behind Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga. He would be key in the match against Pakistan as well. The Pakistani batters are usually good against spin so he’ll be under the sword in this particular match. Australia would be hoping for Zampa to have an impact in this crucial semi-final game as well.

JOS BUTTLER (England)

The man who is in tremendous touch currently is England’s Jos Buttler. In conditions where most batters have struggled to get the ball off the square, Buttler has already smashed a century in the tournament. He would be the most valuable wicket in the game against New Zealand and with his opening partner Jason Roy missing out on this game, Buttler would be hoping to play a mature innings in this semi-final.

TRENT BOULT (New Zealand)

New Zealand has always been one of the consistent performers in ICC tournaments in the previous few years and it is down to the meticulous approach. They always have plenty of game plans against the opposition batters and also have world-class players like Trent Boult who can execute these plans perfectly. Boult has picked up 11 wickets himself in the competition so far and is the joint-second highest wicket-taker. He’d be taking the new ball for the Kiwis in the semi-final against England and his main agenda would be to get the wicket of Jos Buttler.

SHOAIB MALIK (Pakistan)

Just five days before the start of the T20 World Cup, Pakistan didn’t have Shoaib Malik in their squad. He was a late addition given the amount of experience he brought to the squad and so far his experience has paid off. Malik has averaged 99 so far in the tournament and scored the fastest half-century of the competition in Pakistan’s last Super 12 game. He is a wonderful player of spin and at the same time can finish matches off calmly as well. He’d be key in this crucial encounter against Australia.

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