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T20 WC: Kiwis off to lucky start, chose to field after winning the toss

New Zealand won the toss and chose to field first in their semi-final fixture against England during the ongoing T20 World Cup

Abu Dhabi: New Zealand won the toss and chose to field first in the semi-final fixture against England during the ongoing T20 World Cup. 

New Zealand will eye on winning the game to revenge the 2019 ODI World Cup defeat from the English opponent.

Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson said, “We’re bowling first. It’s a good pitch but a bit of dew later. We’re going in with the same team. Busy period for us, and we’ve come through, giving in good performances. The two most experienced bowlers have bowled beautifully throughout the tournament, and after Lockie, Milne has come in and done well too. England has a lot of depth, that’s their strength, and we have the opportunity to play our own brand of cricket.”

When asked whether England is favorites for the semi-final, Morgan in the pre-match conference said: “I would not say strong favorites. New Zealand has a full-strength squad. Our guys are extremely excited about the challenge of facing New Zealand. We need to play good cricket to beat them.”

Opening batter Jason Roy was ruled out of the World Cup due to an injury he suffered against South Africa, but Morgan said that the mood within the camp is alright and the team is buzzing to go ahead.

Teams:

England (Playing XI): Jos Buttler(w), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway(w), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

first published:Nov. 10, 2021, 7:07 p.m.

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