About the Match
New Zealand remained unbeaten in the group stage and has taken its campaign ahead in a clinical fashion; they will take on England in the 1st Semi-Final match of the World T20 at Deli on 30th March. England defeated Sri Lanka in a must-win game by 10 runs to reserve their semi-final berth; they have emerged as another strong unit that can surprise its opponents under crunch situations too. Both teams have their own set of positives that can help them dominate the other on the field; it needs to be seen which of them stands tall in the end on Wednesday to fight for the title.
The Kiwis have put up an all-round effort in all departments of the game that has kept them right on top; the players have delivered time and again, whether defending a low total or posting competitive target. Martin Guptill, Kane Wilimason, Colin Munro and Ross Taylor have been consistent in the top-order and can belt out runs at will.
Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi and Santner hae the ability to stabilize the middle-order and keep the scoreboard ticking; the bowling department has spinners Santner, Nathan McCullum and Ish Sodhi who have combined well to outwit the opposition while pacers Adam Milne, Corey Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan and Elliott have been effective.
New Zealand has steamrolled the other teams in the group stage and can be a formidable force to reckon with; they will strategize well against the in-form English batting line-up on Wednesday.
They have overcome their fears in the batting performance to put up superb displays of determination and skills against strong units like South Africa and Sri Lanka; while Buttler’s brilliant 66 off 37 helped them post a formidable total of 171 against the Lankans in a decider, Joe Root’s amazing 83 from 44 steered the team to victory against South Africa, successfully chasing a huge target of 230 runs. Jason Roy has been consistent with the runs as an opener and along with others like Ben Stokes, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali, England has proven to be a tough unit.
Against Sri Lanka, they posted a competitive total of 171 runs, which the bowlers defended easily; Chris Jordan was the pick of the lot as he took 4-28 while Willey and Plunkett took 3 wickets between them to take the team across the finish line. Moeen Ali and Rashid were effective with their spin bowling against South Africa while Stokes is in good form and contributes in stifling the opposition.
However, in the match against West Indies, the seamers gave away too many runs despite taking wickets at regular intervals and this is something they need to be wary of against the Kiwis. Overall, their batting performance has surely done wonders in uplifting their morale, which is a good sign.
New Zealand has a well-balanced team that comes together to overcome challenges; however, they haven’t been tested yet in a chase; England has match-winners who can put up a tough contest here. The match will certainly be a thriller but we feel the Kiwis are clear favorites to continue with their winning momentum and emerge as the first finalist of the World T20 2016