Abu Dhabi: Title contenders but suffering from injury-prone problems, England will look to take some of their elite players to dominate New Zealand, who have been performing consistently well in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup, to be held here on Wednesday.

In the T20 World Cup, these two teams have faced each other 5 times and England has won 3 times and New Zealand has won 2 times. England has the upper hand in a total of 21 T20 matches. England 13 then New Zealand can win only 7 matches. One match is inconclusive.

England were considered title contenders even before the tournament and performed to their laurels but their loss in the last Super 12 match against South Africa made it clear that the Eoin Morgan-led side was not invincible. .

England’s trouble increased due to injured players

England has suffered a setback after opener Jason Roy was ruled out with an injury. Roy and Jos Buttler have been an explosive opening pair of the tournament. With Roy out of the World Cup, Jonny Bairstow could join Buttler to open the innings. For England, players like Butler, Bairstow and Moeen Ali have been special, who have the ability to turn the game on their own.

Sam Billings can be kept in the playing XI as a middle-order batsman in place of Roy. The positive side for England is that most of their batsmen have spent time at the crease and are ready for the semi-finals.

The team’s concern has increased after Tymal Mills was ruled out of the tournament due to a thigh injury in bowling. Mills was doing well in the death overs. This would be an area the opposing team would like to take advantage of.

Mark Wood has the pace but not the variety like Mills. He was the most expensive bowler against South Africa. However, England will try to forget that defeat and start afresh. The role of spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid will be important. They would like to put pressure on New Zealand by getting successes in the powerplay and the middle overs.

Players of both the teams will also have fond memories of the final of the 2019 ODI World Cup when England won the title for hitting more boundaries. Has consistently performed well. These include the title of the World Test Championship.

New Zealand certainly have the best bowlers in the tournament, restricting a strong team like India for 110 runs. Even a dangerous team like Afghanistan could score only 125 runs against him.

It is not easy to face the dangerous pair of Trent Boult and Tim Southee who bowl with excellent line-lengths. Lockie Ferguson’s exit due to injury could have messed up his strategy but Adam Milne did not let him miss him. Both the spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner have also been effective.

Opener Martin Guptill has scored the most runs for his side while his partner Daryl Mitchell has been in very good form. The rest of the New Zealand batsmen have not made that much impact so far. This is why the Chinese were short in victories against teams like Scotland and Namibia.

Captain Kane Williamson is their dependable batsman and he would like to make a significant contribution in the semi-finals.
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has been favorable for batting and big scores can be scored in this match.

The teams are as follows:

England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, David Malan, Adil Rashid, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, Reece Topley.

New Zealand: Ken Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Bolt, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Sentner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne.

The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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