The T20 World Cup is nearing it’s end after a dramatic and suspenseful tournament full of big wickets and even bigger hits around Australia’s many grounds. England are just one step away from reaching the grand finale on Sunday having made it through the group stage of the tournament, beating Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the process.
Their win over Sri Lanka on Saturday (5 November) ensured that not only had they made it through to the semi-final, against many odds, but had also knocked out the hosts of the competition, Australia, in the meantime. Australia had been strong favourites to take the trophy once again having won in 2021 but ultimately failed to get out of the group stage.
Pakistan and India were the two teams from the second group to have made it out of the group stage and following Pakistan’s triumphant win over New Zealand earlier today, Wednesday 9 November, they have now secured their place in Sunday’s final. Babar Azam returned to form and along with player of the match Mohammad Rizwan, the pair secured their squad’s pathway to the final where they will now face either India or England.
India have had one of the most successful group stages of the tournament, winning four out of five of their matches, losing only to South Africa early on in the tournament, and will hope to continue their good fortune when they take on Jos Buttler’s squad first thing tomorrow morning.
Here is all you need to know about the structure of international cricket’s shortest format...
How long are T20 cricket matches?
Matches tend to last in the region of three hours, depending on how quickly the bowling team can get the batting side out.
Each innings is expected to last in the region of 80 minutes, and fielding penalties are often given against the bowling side if they have failed to complete the overs in the required time. This means they can lose one fielder from the outside of the 30-yard circle (used for powerplay) for the remainder of the innings.
How long is the break in between T20 innings?
The standard break time in between innings is 10 minutes long. Often, these breaks expand to around 20 minutes, but officially they are meant to last no longer than 10 minutes.
When is the T20 World Cup?
The T20 World Cup started on Saturday 16 October with Sri Lanka taking on Namibia. After a week of qualifying group stage fixtures, it was Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, Ireland and Zimbabwe that all qualified for the Super12 tournament which started on Saturday 22 October.
The Super12 fixtures end on Sunday 6 November with the first Semi-final being held on Friday 9 November and the second on Saturday 10 November. The final of the T20 World Cup will then be held on Sunday 13 November 2022. England’s next match will take place on Thursday 10 November 2022 and it begins at 8am GMT. Buttler’s squad will take on India for a place in Sunday’s final.
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