England's road to the World T20 semi-finals

England and England women will both play their ICC World Twenty20 semi-finals in a New Delhi double-header on Wednesday.

The men are looking to overcome New Zealand and Australia are standing between the women and a place in the final.

Here ecb.co.uk looks back at their road to the last four so far.

Group game 1

England (182/6) lost to West Indies (183/4) by six wickets in Mumbai.
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Like they did when they won the World Twenty20 in 2010, England started their campaign with a defeat to West Indies. They were on the receiving end of a brutal Chris Gayle innings after posting 182 for six. The big-hitting left-handed opening batsman made light work of the victory target by cracking 100 not out from just 48 balls including five fours and 11 sixes.

England women (153/7) beat Bangladesh (117/6) by 36 runs in Bangalore.
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England women eased into their campaign with a routine victory over Bangladesh. Skipper Charlotte Edwards set the platform with 60 in England’s 153 for seven, a total which proved beyond the Tigers as Anya Shrubsole returned figures of 2-27.

Chris Gayle celebrates a 47-ball century that saw England taste defeat in their first Group 1 match

 

Group game 2

England (230/8) beat South Africa (229/4) by two wickets in Mumbai.
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At the halfway stage against South Africa England’s World T20 hopes appeared to be hanging by a thread after the Proteas whacked 229 for four from 20 overs, built on a 96-run opening stand in 7.1 overs from half-centurions Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock. But England pulled off the unthinkable to breathe new life into their campaign, completing victory in the final over following Joe Root’s 83 from 44 balls.

England women (92/8) beat India (90/8) by two wickets in Dharamsala.
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Nails were bitten as England women lost a cluster of wickets when chasing 91 to beat the hosts. Katherine Brunt and Shrubsole got them over the line, with an over to spare, after they slipped from 42 for one to 87 for eight. They had earlier produced a fine performance with the ball to restrict India to just 90 for eight, Heather Knight and Shrubsole doing the damage.

Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid celebrate finishing an astonishing chase to leave South Africa shellshocked

 

Group game 3

England (142/7) beat Afghanistan (127/9) by 15 runs in Delhi.
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A shock was on the cards when England suffered a dramatic collapse to spin to slip to 57 for six after winning the toss against Afghanistan, but Moeen Ali and David Willey rode to the rescue with a rapid unbroken half-century stand that deflated the Afghans. Willey then led the way with the ball, claiming wickets in his opening two overs, to trigger an Afghanistan top-order collapse and ensure England stayed in the competition.

England women (109/9) beat West Indies (108/4) by one wickets in Dharamsala.

Another nail-biter in Dharamsala for England women after a second successive collapse. Another tight bowling display limited the Windies to 108 for four before Edwards and Tammy Beaumont got the chase off to a flyer with a stand of 59. However, England again got themselves in trouble with a dramatic collapse of nine wickets for 47. However, they emerged from the last-ball thriller with a third successive win courtesy of cool heads from Natalie Sciver and Rebecca Grundy.

A relieved England women dugout jump for joy after edging past West Indies

 

Group game 4

England (171/4) beat Sri Lanka (161/8) by 10 runs in Delhi.
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With West Indies beating South Africa the day before, England headed into their final Group 1 game knowing victory over Sri Lanka would secure a last-four spot. Eoin Morgan’s side were cruising after reducing Sri Lanka to 15 for four in pursuit of 171 for four, led by Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 37-ball 66, but Angelo Mathews took the game to the death with a brilliant innings. Ben Stokes was charged with the task of bowling the final over, conceding just four of the 15 runs required, leaving Mathews stranded on an unbeaten 73.

England (148/5) beat Pakistan (80) by 68 runs in Chennai.

England women left their best performance until last, setting up a last-four clash with Australia after topping their group with four wins from as many matches. Edwards was again at the heart of it, carrying her bat for an unbeaten 77 off 61 balls in a score of 148 for five, after another fast start with Beaumont. The bowlers then followed their skipper’s lead by skittling Pakistan for 80, Laura Marsh justifying her call-up with figures of 3-12.

A job well done as England women breeze into the World Twenty20 semi-finals


Source: ECB

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