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'It's not Looking Great' - Moeen Ali Expresses Concern Over Dawid Malan's Availability For Semifinal vs India

By: Cricketnext Staff

Edited By: Aditya Maheshwari

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Last Updated: November 07, 2022, 17:10 IST

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Dawid Malan (AP Image)

Dawid Malan (AP Image)

Ali suggested that things are not looking great for Malan and hinted that he might miss the semifinal match.

England all-rounder Moeen Ali expressed concern over Dawid Malan’s availability for the T20 World Cup semifinal match against India on Thursday. Malan sustained a groin injury during England vs Sri Lanka Super 12 stage match. He felt some discomfort during the first innings and didn’t come out to bat as England managed to beat Sri Lank by four wickets to seal a place in the semifinals where they will now face the table topper of Group 2 - India.

Malan hasn’t been at his best in the ongoing WC but he is still a very important part of England’s T20I set-up and they will want him to recover in time for the mega clash at Adelaide Oval.

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However, Ali suggested that things are not looking great for Malan and hinted that he might miss the semifinal match.

“He has been one of our best players for a number of years. I don’t know but to be honest with you it is not looking great. He went for scans yesterday and when he arrived, we don’t really know much but it is not looking great,” Moeen Ali told BBC.

The all-rounder further suggested that England will enter the match as underdogs as India have played dominant cricket in the last year.

“England are the underdogs. India have been playing fantastic over the last year and even if you look at the tournament they have been playing really well. I don’t think we have to be honest, we have been a little behind,” Moeen Ali further added.

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From Group 1, New Zealand qualified for the semifinals on the basis of topping the group and also being ahead of second-placed England on net run rate. India entered the semifinal with four wins out of five matches in the Super 12 stage. They won close matches against Pakistan and Bangladesh while suffered a defeat to South Africa. While Pakistan finished second in Group 2 after beating Bangladesh on the final day of Super 12 matches.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced that Kumar Dharmasena and Paul Reiffel will be the on-field umpires for the second semifinal between India and England. Chris Gaffaney will be the third umpire while Rod Tucker will take charge as fourth umpire and David Boon will be the match referee.

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first published:November 07, 2022, 17:10 IST
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