England vs New Zealand T20 World Cup

England vs New Zealand

Twenty teams started in the competition, and now only four remain as we reach the business end of this year's T20 World Cup.

The first semi-final is set to be a cracker, with England vs New Zealand in a re-run of the 50 over World Cup final that England won back in 2019. If this match has half of the drama of that one, we should be in for a cracker.

England are in this semi-final courtesy of winning their Super 12 group while the Black Caps finished as runner up in their group, losing to Pakistan in their opener but then going on to win four straight. These sides know each other well and played a warm-up match in the lead-up to the tournament, which England won.

England are the favourites for the match and can be backed at 1.53, with New Zealand being priced at 2.50.

 

England vs New Zealand T20 World Cup

Team news for England 

England's 100% Super 12 record came to an end with a defeat to South Africa by 10 runs. England's defeat perfectly showed what can happen if just a few things go wrong. England's length when bowling was slightly off, which allowed Rassie van der Dussen to put England under severe pressure by scoring 94 off just 60 deliveries.

England, in their chase, struggled with the loss of Jason Roy to injury and the early departure of Joss Buttler. Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, and Eoin Morgan led a fightback, but Kagiso Rabada's excellent final over hat-trick bought an end to England's chances.

After a dream start to their World Cup beating the trio of the West Indies, Bangladesh, and fellow semi-finalists in Australia, England haven't played as well as they would have liked. They were pushed all the way by Sri Lanka with a Joss Buttler century proving to be the real difference-maker before Saturday's South Africa defeat.

England have lost opener Jason Roy for the duration of the tournament, and in his place comes James Vince.

One man who looked to be finding some good form was all-rounder Liam Livingston. Livingston stepped into the side to replace talisman Ben Stokes and with the ball has been good, but he has struggled to score runs. That changed on Saturday with Livingston starting to find the boundary rope, scoring 28 off 17 balls, which included three sixes. Livingston is priced at 4.50 to be England's top scorer, and that could be an attractive bet.

Likely playing 11 of England
James Vince, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (c), Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

 

Team News for New Zealand

New Zealand have been essentially playing knock-out cricket ever since their first defeat to   Pakistan. Edging a crucial encounter against India, New Zealand's last three matches against Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia was all about maintaining focus and professionalism. Knowing that victory in all three of these matches would guarantee qualification to the semi-final phase, New Zealand went about their business in the manner of a top team. Although there were a few nervy moments along the way, the Black Caps got the job done to set up this crunch encounter with England.

New Zealand have struggled with the bat at times, but they have excelled with the ball, with all of their main strike bowlers contributing to crucial wickets. The pick of the bunch has been Trent Boult, who finished the Super 12 phase as the second-highest wicket-taker. Boult has a good record against England and will be looking to make some early inroads into the English batting lineup. He is priced at 3.50 to be New Zealand's leading wicket-taker.

Likely playing 11 of New Zealand

Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

 

Pitch and Weather Conditions

This match will be played at the Zayed Sports City Stadium. Both England and New Zealand played one game here during the Super 12 phase, with England beating Bangladesh and New Zealand defeating Afghanistan.

Of all the pitches at this World Cup, this one is the slowest, with the ball being slow to come on to the bat.

In total, there have been 52 T20 International matches played at the stadium, with the team that bats first having won 23 times and the team that bats second 29 times. The team batting second has won on the majority of occasions at this venue in this World Cup.

 

Betting Predictions for England vs New Zealand

Let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for England vs New Zealand:

Match Result Prediction

This is a fascinating match-up on so many levels. England stand on the cusp of making history by being the first team to hold both the 50 over World Cup and T20 World Cup titles at the same time, while for New Zealand, after several near misses in major white-ball tournaments, they have yet another chance to reach another major final.

When these two sides last met in competitive tournament action, it couldn't have been any closer with England defeating New Zealand in the 50 over World Cup final in a super over. The two sides are so finely matched; despite England being the favourites, this could be a match that goes either way.

You feel the key in this match is the contest between England's opening batsmen and New Zealand's bowlers. England have proved countless times that they have the power and ability to really take the game away from the opposition in the first power play. If England can do this, they will be tough to beat in either their chase or in the first innings. If New Zealand can make early inroads, particularly if they are able to remove Joss Buttler early, then it really is anyone's game. This should be a thriller, but we will side with Eoin Morgan's men to sneak through to the final.

Match Winner: England (1.53)

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Toss Prediction

Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that could be hard to bat on, the side that wins the toss will want to bat to make the most of the better batting conditions before scoring gets harder as the game goes on. Any score over 150 could be very hard to chase.

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Top Batsman for England

Joss Buttler has been England's star man in this tournament, and he finished the Super 12 phase as the second-highest run-scorer and the only man to have scored a century, and the smart play is on him to be England's highest scorer at odds of 3.00.

However, one man who can thrive in these big pressure matches can be Jonny Bairstow. Due to the hitting power of both Buttler and Roy, Bairstow is often overlooked, but he is a top-class player who can flip a match on its head with just a few swings of his bat. With Jason Roy missing this game due to injury, Bairstow may open the batting, and at odds of 4.50 to be England's top scorer, he could be the value play here.

Top Batsman for England: Jonny Bairstow (4.50)

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