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England vs New Zealand ICC T20 World Cup 2021 first semifinal preview: Possible playing XI, betting odds and head-to-head

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Both English and New Zealand players will have the 2019 ODI World Cup final at the back of their minds where both teams could only be separated by a boundary countback rule as they take on each other in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 semifinal.

England vs New Zealand ICC T20 World Cup 2021 first semifinal preview: Possible playing XI, betting odds and head-to-head
Title favourites but injury-hit England will bank on their X-Factor players to upstage a remarkably consistent New Zealand in the first semifinal of the T20 World Cup here on Wednesday.
England were the pre-tournament favourites and played like one for the majority of the Super 12 stage. However, their loss in the final group game to South Africa showed that they were not an invincible outfit.
The absence of Jason Roy, who suffered a calf injury against the Proteas, is a big blow to the team heading into the semifinals.
Roy and Jos Buttler made arguably the most destructive opening pairing of the tournament.
With Roy ruled out of World Cup, there is a strong possibility that Jonny Bairstow will be promoted to bat alongside Buttler, who will be expected to play another match-winning knock on Wednesday.
Sam Billings is likely to come into the team and bat in the middle order. A big positive is that most of the batters have spent valuable time in the middle going into the knockout game.
However, concerns have emerged in the bowling department after Tymal Mills was ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury.
Mills was doing a brilliant job in the death overs but now, it will be one area that the opponents would look to exploit.
Mark Wood, who has the pace but not the variations of Mills, was the most expensive bowler against South Africa.
England would be hoping it was just one bad day in the office for their pacers as all of them leaked runs.
The role of spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid will be massive as they will aim to provide the wickets in the powerplay and middle overs.
Players will also have the 2019 ODI World Cup final at the back of their minds where both teams could only be separated by a boundary countback rule.
Where to watch LIVE:
The match will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The toss will take place at 7 pm (IST), while the match will begin at 7.30 pm (IST). The India vs New Zealand game will be telecast LIVE on Star Sports Network.
Live streaming of the match is available on Disney+ Hotstar.
You can catch the LIVE blog of the game on CNBCTV18.com.
Since their heartbreak in the finals of the 2019 ODI World Cup, New Zealand has shown that they are not just a very consistent team in ICC events, they can also go all the way with their triumph in the World Test Championship final.
The "nice guys" of world cricket look good to finish first in this competition too.
New Zealand has been arguably the best bowling unit in the tournament, restricting the likes of India to 110. Even a dangerous side like Afghanistan could only muster 125 against them.
The seasoned new-ball duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee has been very hard to put away as they both have been immaculate with their line and lengths.
Lockie Ferguson's unavailability could have easily disturbed their plans but Adam Milne has proved to be an able replacement. Both the spinners, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, too have been impressive.
Sodhi has provided wickets in the middle overs which has not allowed the opposition to break free.
New Zealand's batters have also made an impact during the course of the tournament. Opener Martin Guptill has been their leading run-getter with his partner Daryl Mitchell also in decent form.
Skipper Kane Williamson got runs in the last game and will be itching to make another memorable contribution in the all-important semifinal.
Abu Dhabi has had the best batting surface across the three venues of the showpiece so one can expect a high scoring affair.
England probable XI: 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 probable XI: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Head-to-Head:
England have won 13 of the 21 T20Is played between the two sides while New Zealand have won seven (with one No Result). In T20 World Cups, England won three of their five encounters.
England: 4/7
New Zealand: 6/4
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi T20I stats:
Total matches played: 61
Matches won batting first: 27
Matches won bowling first: 34
Average 1st Inns scores: 141
Average 2nd Inns scores: 128
Highest total recorded: 225/7
Lowest total recorded: 84/10
Highest score chased: 166/6 (19.4 overs)
Lowest score defended: 129/6 (20 overs)
Weather conditions:
While there is no possibility of any rain, the conditions will be hot and humid.
Pitch report:
Surfaces in Abu Dhabi have been the best for batting among all three UAE venues. The fact that there are no short boundaries will give the bowlers a little something to work with.
With inputs from agencies.
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