England will take on New Zealand in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup on Wednesday (November 10). The match will start at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi at 8 pm Bangladesh time.
Earlier, the two teams also faced in the ODI World Cup in 2019. The service was also led by Ken Williamson and Eoin Morgan. Interestingly, this time they are also leading in the duality of the World Twenty20.
England won the World Cup for the first time under Eoin Morgan. New Zealand, on the other hand, won their first Test championship under the leadership of Ken Williamson.
Meanwhile, in the current World Cup, both the teams have won 4 out of 5 matches of Super Twelve. Despite winning the first four matches, England lost the last match by 10 runs to South Africa. In the knockout stage, therefore, the three-Lions are convinced to stand on their own two feet. Jason Roy, who was in great rhythm with the bat, dropped out of the event due to injury.
But the rest are in form. English batsman Jos Butler scored the only century of the event. Moin Ali-Johnny Bairstow can also twist the opponent’s bowlers. Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid are getting regular success with the ball.
But New Zealand’s bowling line-up needs to be kept a little ahead. The Trent Bolt-Team Saudis are strong in speed and swing. The Kiwis also have effective spinners like Ish Sodhi. Guptill-Darrell Mitchell is giving a good start in the top order. Why Williamson-Devon Conway are also hitting four-sixes.
England have won three of their last five matches at the World Twenty20. New Zealand won 2 matches. So the spectators and supporters are also waiting for a big fight.
Meanwhile, in a pre-match press conference on Tuesday (November 9), Kiwi captain Ken Williamson said: Now we are ready to take on the challenge of the English who are in great form. Everyone is fit, that’s a great thing too. I hope it will be a good match. I have reached the semi-final, I hope I can play another match (final). ‘
On the other hand, England came in the last four after becoming the group champion. However, the team’s captain Eoin Morgan still does not consider himself a favorite. Maybe this strategy of the English captain is to continue the fight by showing less complacency.
“New Zealand is great as a team,” he told a pre-match press conference. I can’t call myself a strong favorite in this match. In addition, they do not have the problem of injury, but we have the problem of injury. However, after all this, Morgan is optimistic about playing in the final.