T20 World Cup: England to play against New Zealand today

Dubai: England and New Zealand, on Wednesday, will face each other today in the first semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, in Abu Dhabi Stadium.

Eoin Morgan’s England will face New Zealand in today’s Twenty20 World Cup match, two years after the two teams met in a thrilling 50-over final.

Despite the loss of opening batsman Jason Roy and fast bowler Tymal Mills, England secured a spot in the final four by winning four of their five Super 12 games.

In England’s last group encounter, which they lost to South Africa, Roy collapsed on the pitch with a calf injury. He was eventually ruled out of the tournament and replaced by James Vince.

England’s aggressive style of cricket saw them cruise through the West Indies, Bangladesh, Australia, and Sri Lanka to finish first in their group, ahead of the Australians.

The Kiwis, on the other hand, are no pushovers, and who better to recognize the Black Caps’ worth than England, who required a super over to beat Kane Williamson’s side in the 2019 ODI World Cup final, which ended in a stalemate.

Former England captain Mike Atherton stated in The Times, “If England and New Zealand offer a fraction of the drama they did on a brilliant afternoon at Lord’s in July 2019, the T20 World Cup could acquire the spark it urgently deserves this week.”

Ben Stokes’ undefeated 84 at the end of 50 overs and then their 15 in the super over helped New Zealand level England’s 241 before England were declared victors on boundary count.

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