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Will India win the ICC World Twenty20 2016?
Oh yes, England has beaten New Zealand in the first semifinal of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 at the Firozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. New Zealand was expected to be the strongest team of the tournament with excellence in both the batting and bowling departments along with being a tight fielding unit.

It is surprising how New Zealand's batting lineup surrendered in the last 5 overs of their innings and how undisciplined bowling their bowlers bowled in the power-play and other overs. Only Roy and Buttler were the star batters for the English team, and if unfortunately they both had got out before they could explode, then surely New Zealand could have won the match easily. Cricket is a game of uncertainties and anything can happen anytime.

Second semifinal will be held today at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, with the match being played between West Indies and India. India has an advantage of Rohit Sharma as the stadium is his home ground in the IPL. The only players India needs to fear are Andre Fletcher and Chris Gayle, as they could run away with the game if not handled properly.

Chris Gayle likes left-arm spinners like Ravindra Jadeja, and if India wants to win the game they need to get rid of Gayle within the power-play overs and don't allow Jadeja to bowl against Gayle. Chris Gayle doesn't likes yorkers, so sending Jasprit Bumrah to bowl yorkers against Gayle in the very first over of the innings would be better. There's nothing much that can be done against Fletcher, as the way he got out in the tournament in all the matches so far has been different each time.

India has an advantage as WI bowling lineup is not that much strong to restrict India to a low total, if India bat properly. Also the replacement of Yuvraj Singh with Manish Pandey could be a poor decision as we have the option of Rahane who has watched all the matches of the tournament and has a better idea of the teams, while Pandey hasn't even practiced with the team as he might have been busy with IPL preparations. Pandey in the last IPL also didn't perform better than Rahane, although he is good in ODIs as we saw in Australia, but T20 is quite a different and unpredictable format. Considering the above facts I predict India to win the semifinal today.

England has already reached the final and will face India (as I predict) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The stadium is quite bigger where scoring boundaries is not an easy job and the pitch is also spinner friendly which will help not only Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja but also Moeen Ali to perform well. The final might be a close encounter and the team who will face the pressure better will win, and as per my point of view, India has 60 per cent chances of winning the final and lift the trophy.

India's weakness is over-reliance on Virat Kohli and poor fielding by Bumrah and Pandya. If we take a look at Bumrah's fielding, anyone can notice that he doesn't put in much efforts on fielding practice. While chasing the ball he runs like a turtle, so slow, and we also saw that he has failed to take even the easiest of catches. He surely needs improvement as the match will be a close encounter and dropping catches and leaving the ball at the boundaries may hurt India at crucial times.

Pandya has failed both in bowling and batting departments. The match against Bangladesh was won because of Dhoni's experience and guidance, otherwise Pandya had already given away two fours in that over. So, according to me there was no hope for India to win the final if it had to face New Zealand, but now they have 60 per cent chances to win if they play cleverly and in a disciplined manner. But again cricket is a game of limitless uncertainties, so Dhoni needs to be careful.

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