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England will take on New Zealand in the first semi-final at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

England take on New Zealand in the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 at the Feroz Shah Kotla…

By Administrator in Sports on March 30, 2016

England take on New Zealand in the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. England and New Zealand both have played a total of 4 matches in this ICC T20 World Cup. New Zealand has won all 4 matches while England has lost 1 match. Both teams have some good all-rounders, hard-hitting batsmen, and potent spinners. England have the advantage on the all-rounders front but New Zealand have the better spin attack.

New Zealand team have been average at best with the bat, except for their game against Pakistan, but their bowling has been one of the best in the tournament. They have shown a good mix of pace and spin. New Zealand managed to dismiss Asian nations known for their ability to play spin India and Bangladesh for 79 and 70 runs, respectively. England will have a challenge at hand.  England, the binding factor has been Joe Root’s inspirational innings of 83 that helped them chase down a big 230-run target against South Africa. Eoin Morgan’s charges will be less under pressure compared to the New Zealand, who are expected to make the final owing to their form. Moreover, England have won the ICC T20 World Cup giving them more experience in a high pressure situation.

New Zealand, Martin Guptill has been their main batsman with 125 runs in 3 matches at an average of 41.66 and strike rate of 162.33. He has been in spectacular form this year, and he has continued with that form in this tournament. However, that is where the good news ends for New Zealand. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor average in the 20s, both with strike rates of under 120. Colin Munro averages less than 20 and at a strike rate of barely over 100.

This is only the second time both England and New Zealand have reached the semifinals of a World T20.



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