The first semi-final of the World T20 Cup 2021 will be played between New Zealand and England on 10th of November. England lost their last match against South Africa while New Zealand suffered a defeat in their first match against Pakistan. However, New Zealand will have a chance to avenge their Cricket World Championship 2019 final defeat today. The match will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
England's performance in the World T20 Cup 2021 has been exceptional. They lost their last match against South Africa, but the batsmen of the team did well in that match as well. Jason Roy might not be available for the team in this match, and that might create problems for England.
England's batting is unparalleled and Jason Roy's departure is not going to affect England much. Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes and even Adil Rashid, they are all capable of scoring runs under any conditions.
At the start of the World T20 Cup, very few expected New Zealand to reach the semi-finals. But New Zealand did well in the Super-12 matches and eventually made it to the semi-finals. However, their opponent is England in the semis. New Zealand will have a chance to avenge their so-called defeat in 2019 today. But the England team is also very strong and New Zealand will face a tough challenge.
Though the Kiwis have also done well, the English batsmen are more capable in terms of power hitting. Martin Guptill has played good innings. But Kane Williamson has the most consistent batting as he is the most experienced batsman of New Zealand. The responsibility of power hitting will be on Phillips, Neesham and Conway.
The minimum and maximum temperatures at Abu Dhabi are 14 and 30 degrees, respectively. Humidity is at 34 percent, and the chances of precipitation is less.
The match can be played on the new pitch in Abu Dhabi. This can help the batsmen and today we can see a high scoring match. The pitch can help spinners in the middle overs. The score of 160-170 is going to be challenging on this ground. After winning the toss, the teams would want to bowl first.
Probable Playing XI For England
James Vince, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Probable Playing XI For 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