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T20 World Cup: England’s defining moments that led to the semi-finals

Despite all the talk of a turnaround, England have so far only beaten one Test nation at this World Cup: the West Indies.

But this victory was a clinical one, Eight-wicket defeat against the co-hostswho were unbeaten in their previous eight T20s.

It was probably England’s best white-ball performance since winning the T20 title in 2022 and meant they were likely to face a Narrow defeat against South Africa in their next game, which will finally relieve some of the pressure.

The decisive moment in the bowling came when Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid conceded four runs and a single each and took a wicket each in the 16th and 17th overs.

Phil Salt then managed an excellent 87 runs not out in the chase for 181 runs, withstanding the pressure at times but also scoring a brutal 30 runs in an over.

Salt then spoke about the advice he received from Kieron Pollard, the former West Indian World Champion who was part of the coaching staff for the tournament.

Pollard, never shy about bowling balls in training, has kept a low profile for the five-time Indian Premier League winners in this tournament, but hints of his influence have been regular in the training camp.

One player described him as someone with an “aura.”

Buttler said his calmness during the rain against Namibia helped management in tactical discussions.

“He’s been through a lot and seen everything. He has this relaxed attitude that these things happen and we can deal with it when it happens,” said Buttler.

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