England after dominating their group in the Super-12 stage will be facing Blackcaps in the first semi-final of T20 World Cup 2021. New Zealand after losing their very first game to Pakistan have ended up winning 4 games in a row, while England look like an unbeatable side at this moment considering their recent form.
Jason Roy’s absence might hurt the English side but they still have got a lot of match winners like Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid. England is expected to start as favourites in this clash against New Zealand.
Last time when these two sides faced each other in 2016 T20 World Cup semi-finals, England ended up winning the game convincingly by 7 wickets. Last time when these two teams played against each other in an ICC event, it ended up being a very controversial game as England ended up winning 2019 World Cup finals by the barest of margin, even after the Super Over got tied with the help of boundary count rule.
Notably, in T20 World Cup England lead New Zealand by 3-2 margin in head-to-head count.
Numbers and stats before start of England vs New Zealand game:
1 – Jonny Bairstow needs 1 more six to complete 50 sixes in T20Is.
Most sixes by batsman for England in T20Is:
Eoin Morgan – 119
Jos Buttler – 90
Jason Roy – 59
Alex Hales – 55
Jonny Bairstow – 49
2 – Both England and New Zealand have reached semi-finals of T20 World Cup twice in the past. England have won both the semi-final match that they have played in T20 World Cups, while New Zealand have never won a semi-final match in T20 World Cup so far.
England in T20 World Cup semi-finals:
2010 – Defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets
2016 – Defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets
New Zealand in T20 World Cup semi-finals:
2007 – Lost to Pakistan by 6 wickets
2016 – Lost to England by 7 wickets
3 – Tim Southee needs 3 more wickets to become New Zealand’s highest wicket-taker in T20 WC overall.
Most wickets for New Zealand in T20 WC:
Nathan McCullum – 23
Tim Southee – 21
Daniel Vettori -20
10 – Jos Buttler needs just 10 more runs to become highest run-scorer for England in a single T20 WC edition.
Most runs for England in single T20 WC edition:
Joe Root – 249 in 2016
Kevin Pietersen – 248 in 2010
Jos Buttler – 240 in 2021
11 – Trent Boult has taken 11 wickets in T20 WC 2021 so far, which has been joint-most for any New Zealand bowler in single T20 WC series.
Most wickets by a New Zealand bowler in single T20 WC edition:
Daniel Vettori – 11 wickets in 2007
Trent Boult – 11 wickets in 2021
Mitchell Santner/ Ish Sodhi – 10 wickets in 2016
36 – Jos Buttler needs 36 more runs to surpass Kevin Pietersen (580) and become the leading run-scorer for England in T20 World Cup. Eoin Morgan is also in contention to become England’s leading run-scorer in T20 World Cup.
Most runs for England in T20 World Cup:
Kevin Pietersen – 580
Eoin Morgan – 548
Jos Buttler – 545