England vs. New Zealand 2016 T20 World Cup Semifinal: Preview
England Vs New Zealand semi final match set to be played at New Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium is being awaited with bated breath. Cricket fans from across the world are hoping that the match will be a closely fought one.
While New Zealand team has played exceptionally in the tournament thus far, the English cricket team too has won applause from cricket lovers. In this tournament they have shown an uncanny thirst for win, unlike in previous tournaments played in recent years.
The team New Zealand has remained unbeaten in the IC T20 World Cup 2016 thus far. This must be giving hope to their fans and millions of others whose hearts they have won in the last few weeks. Nonetheless beating England will not be that easy for the nation with a population of less than 5 million people.
If we go by statistics, England enjoys huge advantage over New Zealand. England lead New Zealand 8-4 head-to-head in T20 Internationals ahead of their semi-final clash. The former are aiming for their second final in the T20 event, while the latter are looking to make it two World Cup finals in a row after losing to Australia in the summit clash of the 50-over 2015 ICC World Cup. It is the Black Caps’ second semi-final after they made the last four in the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup.
There is no denying the fact that the team has benefited immensely from the powerful leadership of the captain Kane Williamson. His captaincy has won praised from almost everyone.
It must be kept in mind that other than Kane Williamson’s captaincy, Kiwis’ main strength during the tournament has been their spin bowling and they will hope it comes good against the Englishmen, who are susceptible to the turning ball.
Nonetheless English cricket team is a tough side to beat. They have done pretty well in India in the ongoing T20 World Cup. They have looked superior in the batting department, as their most impressive win came when they chased down South Africa’s 229 in their second game. Joe Root and Jos Buttler are in good nick and they will fancy themselves against the less experienced New Zealand side. If their batsmen come up with the matching performance, it will be a tough challenge for New Zealand cricket team.
If you are eager to watch the match live, Star Sports will carry a live stream of the match at this link. But the most reliable way to watch the England Vs. New Zealand T20 Cricket World Cup first semifinal match, via live stream in the United States, is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link. Fans can also use The Willow app for mobile devices or on Willow TV’s own site, accessible by clicking here with a monthly subscription fee.