'It is not looking great'- Moeen Ali says Dawid Malan likely to miss semi-final clash against India

Dawid Malan did not bat for England after pulling his groin against Sri Lanka.

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England stormed into the semi-final after keeping their cool in the narrow victory against Sri Lanka to dump the defending champions Australia out of the tournament. But their triumph came at the cost of an injury to star batter Dawid Malan, who hobbled off the pitch after sustaining a groin injury. Ace English all-rounder Moeen Ali has revealed that the former no.1 T20I batter is unlikely to feature against India in their semi-final clash.

Jos Buttler's England have looked scratchy in the tournament and will face a stern test from an Indian side, who are coming into the clash off a thumping victory against Zimbabwe. Moeen Ali lamented the injury to Dawid Malan in the encounter against Sri Lanka, as he has been one of their best batters in the format for several years. 

Although there has been no official announcement regarding Malan's injury, Moeen reckoned he was unlikely to feature against India. Malan's injury will mean that the team management might look at Phil Salt, who has been warming the bench in the tournament so far.

"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 in an interview.

I think we have been a little behind in the tournament: Moeen Ali

England were one of the favorites heading into the tournament, but have not been able to perform at their usual high standards in Australia. Moeen felt that his side were the underdogs heading into the semi-final clash against India, who have had a few concerns of their own in the competition. 

"England are the underdogs because I think India have been playing fantastically well over the last few years. Even if you look at this competition, I think they have been playing really well, generally. I think we have been a little behind, but hopefully, we can pull it off," Moeen Ali further added.