The England cricket team will face New Zealand in the first semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup, which will take place in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. In Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), England has a lopsided record versus the Kiwis. They will want to play some good cricket and make it to the final of the competition.
So far in the competition, England has performed well across the board. Jos Butler has been the team’s most consistent batter. Jason Roy will be sorely missed at the head of the organisation, but Sam Billings will be a wonderful match as his successor. Morgan has had two good performances to help him regain his rhythm this season, with some good live cricket.
Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone have been sensational with the bat and the bowling this season, respectively. Chris Woakes has the potential to make a significant difference in this match too. The team looks well balanced at this point in time.
England Playing XI – Jason Roy/ Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Although New Zealand’s batting hasn’t been particularly strong, they have been able to maintain good control throughout the innings. Martin Guptill, along with Daryl Mitchell, will be essential at the top of the order. Devon Conway and Kane Williamson will be the two most important players in the centre of the field.
The bowling has been outstanding for the New Zealanders. Ish Sodhi has been great in the middle order, while Trent Boult has been outstanding in the powerplay and death overs. Adam Milne’s ability to bowl with sheer pace will be critical in this game.
New Zealand Playing XI – Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
England have faced against New Zealand in 20 T20I’s. Out of which, England have won 13 and New Zealand have won seven.
English players have dominated their way into the semifinals and seem to be strong favourites against New Zealand in their next encounter on Saturday.
Date and Time:
November 10, 2021 (Wednesday), 7:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi