Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
England and New Zealand will lock horns in the 1st semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Wednesday evening. England lost against South Africa in their last Super 12 match but still managed to top Group 1. Meanwhile, New Zealand booked their place in the semi-final with a comfortable victory over Afghanistan in their final match of the Super 12 stage.
Toss has played a crucial role during the World Cup so far, with sides batting second getting a clear advantage with dew on the field. Scoring runs has not been so easy in the middle overs. Pacers and spinners are expected to get some assistance from this pitch.
Star England opener Jason Roy has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 after suffering a calf injury. Roy has been replaced in England’s squad by James Vince. The absence of Roy will be a big blow for England but their batting lineup still looks impressive with the presence of destructive batters like Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow. Skipper Eoin Morgan has also showed signs of finding his form back.
Meanwhile, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid have been able to execute their plans well. England bowlers were taken to the cleaners by Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram. England will be hoping that it was just one bad day at the office for their bowlers.
The Kiwis are in superb form at the moment as they have won their 4 out of 5 games against India, Scotland, Namibia and Afghanistan. The bowling attack of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner has been absolutely sensational and they have not allowed any breathing space to the opposition batsmen. Their batting department has also performed well with skipper Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell in solid form.
The role of all-rounders James Neesham and Mitchell Santner will be crucial in this clash as they are likely to be required with bat and ball.
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, Reece Topley.
Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne.
This match is expected to be a hard-fought match between England and New Zealand. Both teams have plenty of experience in their squad. Players will also have the 2019 ODI World Cup final at the back of their minds. England are the favourites to emerge victorious in this match due to the presence of T20 specialists in their team. However, the Kiwis are also perfectly capable of upsetting England if players like Kane Williamson, James Neesham and Glenn Phillips are at their best.
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