Cricket’s 50-over champions England take on New Zealand in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
Cricket’s 50-over world champions England will try to make it a second World Cup final in a row when they beat New Zealand, the team they beat two years ago, in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup. in Abu Dhabi pak. Wednesday.
The clash places today’s cricket’s most dominant white ball team, England, against arguably New Zealand’s most consistent cross-format team, which has reached the final of three of the last four major world tournaments.
The most dramatic of those finals was at Lord’s in 2019 when Eoin Morgan’s England were crowned world champions with 50 overs through a narrowly scrapped boundary line rule after the match ended in a draw.
Kane Williamson’s team eventually lost their bridesmaid label by winning the first World Cup earlier this year and, like England, are now bidding to become reigning champions in two formats.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead has said their grief at Lord’s will not affect their 2020 World Cup encounter.
“I’m not sure they’ll be anything from the 2019 game that will really get into it,” Stead told reporters ahead of the clash at Zayed Cricket Stadium.
“They are a quality team and I think we are just looking forward to the challenge of playing the best team.”
New Zealand were beaten by Pakistan in their Group II opening match, but have won four consecutive matches, with Trent Boult leading a sublime bowling backed by tremendous catches.
With bat in hand, Martin Guptill was the aggressor and Williamson the anchor, although their ability to chase large totals remained untested.
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England’s injury problems
Opponents England looked like the team in form until they were beaten by South Africa in their last Group I match, that defeat felt even more with the loss of opening batsman Jason Roy due to a calf injury.
Roy’s absence will seriously force a top-order with Jonny Bairstow likely to partner with in-form Jos Buttler, even though the 2010 champions have many other options in an explosive series.
England will also have to deal with the absence of 20-over specialist Tymal Mills, who has been ruled out for a thigh injury against Sri Lanka, and may be tempted to step up their attack by including versatile bowler David Willey.
The English captain, Morgan, said that the team’s ability to “process” despite injury blows kept them positive before the semi-final.
“He is [Roy] played integral parts in our two previous World Cup campaigns. “So very similar to other guys who were injured or missed the tournament due to injury,” Morgan told reporters on the eve of the clash in Abu Dhabi.
“Other guys found something different in themselves to either try to fill that gap or contribute to the team in another way.
“I think of all the things we did well through this tournament, which is probably the strongest point, was the resilience in our team to find a way to move forward and move on.”