New Zealand look to strangle England with spin
Luck has deserted England quite a few times in the lead up and during the T20 World Cup. They lost key players to injury before and now during the tournament, lost two more with the latest of them, Jason Roy, arguably the biggest blow. They have strong replacements, however, and going past this and making an impact isn’t beyond them. They have odds of 1.55 to win this game.
New Zealand, on the other hand, have a big task against their 2019 ODI World Cup foes. The Blackcaps have thrived on strangling teams with spin and it is their best hope against England. NZ have odds of 2.40 to beat England, but it will take some doing, especially if they can’t find a massive individual performance.
Overall and recent record favour England
England have won 13 of the 20 completed matches between these sides with New Zealand winning seven. When these sides a T20I bilateral shortly after the ODI World Cup in 2019, England won 3-2, but not before we saw another Super Over in a thrilling final game.
RECOMMENDED BET: England are the strongest team in the competition. They are favourites to win with odds of 1.55.
However, New Zealand have been in terrific form this tournament with their only loss coming against Pakistan… England come into the semi-finals with a loss against South Africa behind them.
Keep an eye on…
Bairstow: England’s gun middle-order batter might have to move back up the order to his old role with Jason Roy ruled out. If Bairstow can give England a rousing start, half their job is done.
TIP: Bairstow is due a massive knock and it could well come against New Zealand, favoured opponent for him. Back him at 3.60 to be England’s top batter!
Ish Sodhi: The wrist spinner has a knack of picking up wickets through the middle overs and is key for New Zealand if they are to stifle England’s aggressive middle-order batters. Sodhi will have a few left-handers to contend with, though.
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