“It wouldn't have worked if I was…”: Axar Patel explains his match-winning spell

“It wouldn't have worked if I was…”: Axar Patel explains his match-winning spell

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After the 68-run win over England in the second semi-final match of the T20 World Cup 2024, Indian spinner Axar Patel said that if he had bowled fast in Guyana, he would not have been able to take three wickets. Axar was named 'Player of the Match' for his brilliant performance in the second innings. He took three wickets for 23 runs at an economy rate of 5.80 in his four-over spell. After the match, Axar said that the pitch at the Providence Stadium was slow, so he could not bowl fast on Thursday. He also praised the partnership of Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav and called it excellent.

Akshar said, “I have bowled in the powerplay before, so I had to bowl in the powerplay, that was the plan. The wicket was stopping and staying down, so tried to bowl in the right areas. The wicket was slow, so I tried to bowl slow in this match, it worked for me. If I had bowled fast, it would not have worked, it would have been easy for their batsmen. Our batsmen told us that the wicket was not easy, so according to us the score of 160 was good. That partnership (between Rohit and Sky) was great, they hit boundaries in between and rotated the strike. I am not thinking about Barbados at the moment, will win the Player of the Match award first.”

The summary of the match is that Jos Buttler-led England won the toss and decided to bowl against Rohit Sharma's India.

Thanks to Rohit Sharma (57 off 39 balls, 6 fours and 2 sixes) and Suryakumar Yadav (47 off 36 balls, 4 fours and 2 sixes), India scored 171/7. Hardik Pandya (23 off 13 balls, 1 four and 2 sixes) and Ravindra Jadeja (17* off 9 balls, 2 fours) also played supporting roles in the first innings.

Chris Jordan led the England bowling attack, taking three wickets for 37 runs in three overs.

During the run chase, England failed to read the nature of the pitch and eventually managed to score 103 runs in 16.4 overs. Harry Brook (25 runs off 19 balls, 3 fours) and Jos Buttler (23 runs off 15 balls, 4 fours) were the only good batsmen for the Three Lions.

Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav led the Indian bowling attack and took three wickets each in their respective spells to help India win by 68 runs. Defending the target of 172 runs, Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets.

The T20 World Cup final is now all but confirmed, with unbeaten teams India and South Africa taking on each other in Barbados on Saturday.

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