In the build-up to the much-awaited final of the T20 World Cup 2021 scheduled on Sunday in Dubai, England and New Zealand will take on each other in the first semifinal of the tournament. Eoin Morgan's side and Kane Williamson's black brigade are slated to play against each other on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
Both the contestants of the first semifinal- England and New Zealand have cruised their way by winning four of the five games in the league matches of the tournament. While the men in red are from Super 12 Group 1, the Kiwis played their games in the Group 2 segregation.
As the two sides are up against each other today, fans are expecting a last-ball thriller contest, much similar to their game in the 2019 50-over World Cup which was won by England via the boundary count after the scores for the teams were levelled.
England: England have suffered a big upset as their key batsman Jason Roy has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a calf injury. Their side had earlier received a blow as pacer Tymal Mills had been ruled out because of a thigh strain.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson's elbow niggle is nagging the Kiwis skipper a little. However, he would still be playing this crucial game against England.
ENG vs NZ Dream11 Jos Buttler, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali (VC), Jimmy Neesham, Liam Livingstone, Trent Boult, Adil Rashid, Ish Sodhi.
Wicket-keeper (Jos Buttler)
Jos Buttler is in sublime batting form with the memories of his century against Sri Lanka still fresh in everyone's mind.
Batsmen – (Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Dawid Malan)
Guptill and Williamson are leading run-scorers. Mitchell is consistently providing a good start. Williamson's dependability with the bat also makes him a good choice to be a captain for the XI. Dawid Malan is helping consolidate the middle-order.
All-rounders (Moeen Ali (VC), Jimmy Neesham, Liam Livingstone)
Moeen Ali has been showing good form with the ball and is an instrumental wicket-taker for the English side. On the contrary to his batting prowesses, Liam Livingstone has appeared a fine bowler in the tournament. Jimmy Neesham has delivered the goods with the ball and has made his batting handy too down the order.
Bowlers – Trent Boult, Adil Rashid, Ish Sodhi
Trent Boult has been the main man with the ball for New Zealand while spinner Ish Sodhi has been smartly notching up wickets in the middle overs. From England, Adil Rashid has often forced batters to stretch their limits with the wrist-spinner enjoying the slow conditions.
England: Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
England: Jos Buttler(w), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, David Willey, James Vince, Reece Topley, Tom Curran
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway(w), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Todd Astle, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Seifert, Mark Chapman
You can watch the T20 World Cup 2021 semifinal 1 game- England vs New Zealand Live Online on Hotstar and TV Telecast on Star Sports Network.