Welcome to the coverage of the T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 match between England New Zealand. This is Lalith Kalidas bringing you all the action as it unfolds at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
5:45PM IST: Key Battles
5:25PM IST: The 2016 semifinal: The last time the sides met in the 2016 semifinal, England put a tight leash over Williamson’s men. After opting to field first, Morgan’s bowlers restricted New Zealand to 153 for eight. Top order contributions from Williamson (32) and Colin Munro (46) notwithstanding, the Blackcaps stumbled in front of a fine bowling performance led by Ben Stokes’ 3/26.
England will miss its star opener Jason Roy tonight for the stylish opener smashed his way through to a 44-ball 78 to lead his side home in the 154 run chase. England won by seven wickets but went onto fall short in a thrilling finish in the final against West Indies.
5:20PM IST: The Kiwis are all set for third final bid. Will they cross the line this time?
5:15PM IST: Team stats in T20WC
NZ: Matches Played – 35, Won – 19, Lost – 16, Win percentage: 57.14, Best result: Semifinal (2007, 2016, 2021*)
ENG: Matches Played – 37, Won – 19, Lost – 17, NR – 1, Win percentage: 52.77, Best result: Winner (2010)
5:03PM IST: Here’s what the players had to say before the enticing contest:
Kane Williamson: It was an amazing game to be a part of. When it comes up in conversation, all the guys look back on it fondly and appreciate that experience. Although, at the time, the aftermath was very difficult to understand and perhaps didn’t make a lot of sense.
Moeen Ali: I’ve got very important roles and I’m really happy with my game and the way we’re playing as a team. To be given that responsibility with the new ball or just outside of the powerplay, and then going up the order when Morgs [Eoin Morgan] gives me the nudge, it’s always great.
4:55PM IST: It’s been a stellar run for Jos Buttler in the UAE. In a ballistic run at the top, Buttler coupled power-hitting and the ability of anchoring the innings to perfection in England’s run to the semifinal. Here’s a read on the top performers from the Super 12:
T20 World Cup 2021: Team of the Super 12
Won: ENG – 13, NZ – 7
In T20WC: ENG -3, NZ – 2
HS (ENG) vs NZ – 241
LS (ENG) vs NZ – 135
HS (NZ) vs ENG – 201
LS (NZ) vs ENG – 123
HS: Highest Score
LS: Lowest Score
4:33PM IST: How far are we going tonight, folks?
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is at its climactic phase. The quintessential cricket fans cannot ask for a better face-off than the one between England and New Zealand in the first semifinal at the Zayed Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday.
Over the last five years, this has emerged as one of the fiercest rivalries in lCC Championships. Be it World T20 in 2016 or the ODI World Cup in 2019, Eoin Morgan’s marauders and Kane Williamson’s characters have faced each other in the Worlds’ knockouts.
With England toppling New Zealand in both those ties, New Zealand would be gunning to avenge the defeats come Wednesday and keep its hunt for en elusive World title despite being one of the most consistent sides in World tournaments over the last decade.
Williamson would certainly be optimistic about overcoming England this time around, thanks to its clinical performance so far. Despite the loss to Pakistan in the Super-12 stage, New Zealand has hardly put a foot wrong so far in the tournament.
Its bowling attack is as dynamic and skilful as any other around the world and a rejigged batting order — with Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway playing their new roles to perfection — New Zealand emerged as a consistent unit.
England would be hoping to repeat its feats of 2016 and 2019 despite the absence of two key starts who had shone in those memorable encounters. If it was Ben Stokes’ assault that helped England clinch the World Cup title in 2019, Jason Roy’s blitzkrieg at the top had helped England waltz into the WT20 final in 2016.
With Stokes unavailable for the tournament and Roy having been ruled out of the tournament after injuring himself last week, England will be forced to tweak the combination. No doubt it has a readymade replacement in Jonny Bairstow to partner an in-form Jos Buttler at the top, but a forced change in the batting order could be a cause for concern.
New Zealand, meanwhile, will be banking on its seasoned pace duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee to counter Buttler & Co.
The long boundaries in Abu Dhabi could result in the spinners emerging as game-changers. Hence, much will depend on how Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali fare in comparison with Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner.
ENG vs NZ PREDICTED 11
England: James Vince, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
ENG vs NZ DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM
Wicketkeeper – Jos Buttler (c), Devon Conway
Batters – Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell
All-rounders – Jimmy Neesham, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone (vc)
Bowlers – Adil Rashid, Trent Boult, Chris Jordan
Team Composition: ENG 5:6 NZ Credits left: 0.0
ENG vs NZ SQUADS
England: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, James Vince, Reece Topley
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne
WHERE TO WATCH TODAY’S MATCH?
The T20 World Cup 2021 match between England and New Zealand will be aired live on the Star Sports Network at 7:30pm IST. The online live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.