The ICC World Twenty20 2016 has reached its final stage. The final will take place on Sunday, April 3. However, teams have to get past the semi-finals before they can battle for becoming the next world champion.
Women’s Semi-final 1 (8:00 pm AEST, March 30)
England v Australia
While Australia has already been eliminated from the men’s tournament, the women have kept hopes alive. Australia has a fabulous record in ICC World Twenty20 tournaments. On their way to win the tournament on the last three occasions, they beat England twice in the finals.
Prediction: Australia 66 percent, England 34 percent
Women’s Semi-final 2 (8:00 pm AEST, March 31)
New Zealand v West Indies
New Zealand won all the matches in the group stage, just like the men’s team. It beat defending champion Australia in the group stage. Off-spinner Leigh Kasperek has been in a tremendous form. West Indies, on the other hand, has regularly been reaching semi-finals. They’ll depend a lot on all-rounder Deandra Dottin and captain Stafanie Taylor.
Prediction: New Zealand 60 percent, West Indies 40 percent
Men’s Semi-final 1 (00:30 am AEST, March 31)
New Zealand v England
New Zealand is the only team in the tournament that is yet to be beaten. England, on the contrary, lost to West Indies by six wickets. Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill have been leading the batting line-up for the Kiwis while Jos Buttler and Joe Root are taking England ahead. The key factor in the match could be the spin attack. English spinners have taken eight wickets, with 9.92 runs per over. Kiwi spinners have taken 20 wickets so far in the tournament, with 5.13 runs per over.
Prediction: New Zealand 75 percent, England 25 percent
Men’s Semi-final 2 (00:30 am AEST, April 1)
West Indies v India
West Indies had a shocking defeat against Afghanistan just before the start of the knock-out stages. India, on the contrary, had a massive win against Australia to enter the semis. These two teams have not played any Twenty20 match against each other in two years. However, the players are aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses pretty well, as they play together for the Indian Premiere League. The match will be decided between Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. Between the two, Kohli is more consistent with 55.42 average runs in 39 innings. Gayle averages 36.82 in 45 innings, according to ESPNCricinfo. However, West Indies has been a slightly better team in the tournament.
Prediction: West Indies 51 percent, India 49 percent