New Delhi, March 30: An in-form New Zealand will take on England in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium here on Wednesday (March 30). India will take on the West Indies in the other semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday (March 31). [10 facts about India-WI semifinal]
Led by Kane Williamson, the Kiwis have not lost any game so far and topped Group 2 by beating strong teams like India, Australia and Pakistan. The team has been well-served by both its batsmen and bowlers. They skittled out their opponents twice below 100 in the group stage (India 79 and Bangladesh 70). [Preview: New Zealand vs England in 1st semi-final]
New Zealand, who finished runners-up in last year's 50-over World Cup in 2015, are playing their second semi-final in the T20 World Cup. The last time they played in a semi-final was in 2007 when they lost to Pakistan.[World T20: Umpires, match referees named for semi-finals]
Overall, England have won 8 of 12 T20 matches against NZ while one was cancelled
England, on the other hand, has seen a roller-coaster ride so far. They lost to Chris Gayle's blistering ton despite scoring over 180 and then brilliantly chased down South Africa's 200-plus score. They again survived an Afghanistan scare but defeated Sri Lanka in a key match to qualify for their second semifinal in the history of T20 World Cup. The only time England made the semi-final was in 2010 and they went on to win that edition.
In T20 World Cups, New Zealand have met England four times with both sides winning two games each.
Here is a look at the brief scores of New Zealand versus England matches in T20 World Cup:
- 2007: New Zealand beat England by 5 runs in the Super Eight stage at Durban, South Africa [NZ 164/9 in 20 overs; Eng 159/8 in 20 overs]
- 2010: England beat New Zealand by 3 wickets in the Super Eight stage at St Lucia, West Indies [NZ 149/6 in 20 overs; Eng 153/7 in 19.1 overs]
- 2012: England beat New Zealand by 6 wickets in the Super Eight stage at Pallekele, Sri Lanka [NZ 148/6 in 20 overs; Eng 149/4 in 18.5 overs]
- 2014: New Zealand beat England by 9 runs in the Duckworth-Lewis method in the Super 10 stage at Chittagong, Bangladesh [Eng 172/6 in 20 overs; NZ 52/1 in 5.2 overs]