India and England are playing the second semifinal of the T20I World Cup at the Adelaide Oval. England skipper Jos Buttler won the toss and decided to field first. Coincidentally, of all the 11 T20Is played on this ground, the team which has won the toss has never won the match.

This might be a good omen for Team India, who have lost 10 times in the semi final or finals (men’s and women’s both) since 2014.

The first T20 International was played at Adelaide Oval between England and Australia in 2011 which England won by 1 wicket. Since then, the trend in Adelaide has always gone with the team losing the toss. In the ongoing World Cup, the first match in Adelaide Oval featured a Super 12 contest between Netherlands and Zimbabwe which the former won with ease.

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India in its only match at the Adelaide Oval in this cup, played a thriller against neighbours Bangladesh. Virat Kohli’s return to form coupled with his tremendous record at Adelaide worked in India’s favour as yet again the team losing the toss went on to win the game. 

Other statistics also seem to favour India as they have a very creditable 70.83 winning percentage batting first in T20s in 2022, having won 17 of the 24 games played. Comparatively, the Brits have things to worry as they merely won 4/11 games while chasing in T20s this year, making it a pitiable winning percentage of 30.77.

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India will look towards the in-form Virat Kohli and the super consistent Suryakumar Yadav to continue firing while a strong English pace attack will surely demand worthy contributions from other Indian batters. 

The tournament has already had its share of surprises with heavyweights England and Pakistan losing to Ireland and Zimbabwe respectively and still being in contention. Like always, the knock-out stages promise a lot of excitement.