The historic Sydney Cricket Ground will host the first semi-final between New Zealand and Pakistan on Wednesday, while the picturesque Adelaide Oval will play the second semi-final between India and England on Thursday.
TimesofIndia.com held a poll asking readers to vote for their favorite teams.
The first question was: Who will win the title?
The options were the obvious semifinalists.
8,122 votes were called in favor of the inaugural T20 World Cup champions India. Rohit Sharma’s men led Group 2 with 8 points after their win over Zimbabwe at the MCG on Sunday.
2,048 votes were requested for New Zealand, which has never won the T20 World Cup title. Kiwis led by Kane Williamson topped Group 1 with 7 points.
Winners of the 2009 T20 World Cup Pakistan got 1033 votes. Babar Azam‘s men reached the semifinals after South Africa lost to the Netherlands on Sunday, beating Bangladesh in a virtual quarterfinal.
2010 T20 World Cup champion England received the fewest votes – 1006. Jos Buttler defeated Sri Lanka to reach the semi-finals – a result that also knocked out the defending champion and Australia hosted.
The second question was: Will it be a clash between India and Pakistan in the final?
While a clash between India and Pakistan would spark unprecedented hype and hysteria, the majority of fans did not vote for an India-Pakistan final.
The results show that 7,926 votes were requested against an India-Pakistan final.
4,268 votes were called for a final showdown between India and Pakistan in the MCG on November 13.
India had a thrilling final win against Pakistan in their opening match at the MCG on October 23. And had also beaten their arch-rivals in a pulse-pounding 2007 final to win the inaugural title.
The third question was: Will it be a repeat of the 2019 ODI World Cup final between England and New Zealand?
England and New Zealand had collided in a memorable ODI World Cup meeting at Lord’s on 14 July 2019. The match was decided in the Super Over and England were declared the winner of the border count.
But the majority of fans don’t want a repeat of the 2019 ODI World Cup final. 10203 votes were called against a clash between England and New Zealand.
Only 1979 votes were called in favor of an England-New Zealand final.
The fourth question was: What was the biggest shock of this T20 World Cup?
There were some disruptions in this T20 World Cup. Two-time champions of the West Indies lost to Scotland and Ireland and failed to reach the Super 12 stage.
But the Netherlands, beating South Africa to knock them out of the tournament, was declared the biggest surprise of this edition of the T20 World Cup, as 9575 votes were called for this option.
1291 votes were called for the option to defeat Pakistan by 1 run on October 27 in Perth.
1107 votes were given to Ireland beating the West Indies (by 9 wickets) and England (by 5 runs via the DLS method).
184 votes were called in favor of Namibia beating Sri Lanka by 55 runs in the first match of the tournament.
The fifth and final question was: Who is the best player of this T20 World Cup so far?
While Virat Kohli is the top points scorer in this tournament with 246 runs in 5 matches, it is Suryakumar Yadav who set things on fire with his blitzkrieg stroke play.
Surya, who has scored 225 runs in 5 matches, received 6,519 votes, while Kohli collected 5,335 votes.
Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva, who is the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 15 wickets in 8 matches, received 157 votes.
Dutch medium pacer Bas de Leede, who has 13 wickets in 8 matches, received 109 votes.