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1st Semi-Final between New Zealand and England at Feroz Shah Kotla to Attract Masses

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1st Semi-Final between New Zealand and England at Feroz Shah Kotla to Attract Masses

March 29
13:18 2016

engnzNew Delhi, Tuesday, March 29 – Confidence of both New Zealand and England is up as they have entered into the semi-finals post registering victories on the opponents at different time intervals in the shortest format, earning points that made them stay in the competition.

Here is to mention that Kiwis were the table toppers of Group 2 for the reason that they logged success over India, Australia, Pakistan and Bangladesh beating them by 47 runs, 8 runs, 22 runs and 75 runs, respectively.

They left heavyweights in sheer shock thrashing them on different pitches. Talent housed by the Black Caps can’t be calculated any less at all.  Certainly, New Zealand hold a spot above all participants as far as latest performance is kept in mind. They registered wins in opposition to the teams that are considered good in both 50-50 and 20-20 over matches. After landing in Indian soil to contest in T20 Internationals of the World Cup 2016, motto seemed clear in their mind and that is nothing to beat all odds and emerge as a victor in next round to be the first one to enter Grand Finale and win the trophy.

Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi will host the first semi-final between England and New Zealand on Wednesday, March 30. Not to forget that Kiwis logged a memorable win on South Africa in cricket carnival to play against Australia for the winner’s title. But they lost in the Finals at the hands of Aussies. This time, they would certainly try not to repeat same old story. Not to forget that the way tournament was ended by New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland, on March 24, last year, their stature in the world of cricket became big since the batsmen on the crease that time preferred consoling shattered South African cricketers first rather than celebrating triumph in crucial stage.

If truth be told then it was one of the best mega face-offs that will be remembered for generations to come. When a team finishes a game on such a healthy note, there remains no possibility of rivalry. But yes, when playing XIs meet in a competition, the question that matters is stay on the winning side. As a matter of fact, both England and New Zealand are capable of being at leading spot. They aren’t under huge phase of transition but likelihood of trying out new combinations remains on the cards. No wonder if these two squads stick to the Playing XIs through which matches were won.

Players are spending time in net practice, which will help them hone their skills and work on the aspects that need improvement. Both young and experienced men need to hold the fort and give their skipper a view that they can change the game whenever chance is given to play or breakthrough is required. Needless to describe that fight between bat and ball during ongoing matches of the limited over witnessed good crowd and compelled viewers get glued to TV screens.

England squad includes big names like Liam Plunkett, Eoin Morgan, Adil Rashid, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Liam Dawson, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Joe Root and Reece Topley, while on the other hand, Ross Taylor, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner and Henry Nicholls have made Kiwis look unbeatable.

Viewers look forward to superb performance of the home side as losing on the familiar turf is something that one can’t accept. Physical and mental strength of Dhoni-led side has a lot of weightage. They have outperformed especially in the last two matches. People are keenly waiting to watch who wins and who loses in the contest when India will meet West Indies in the 2nd semi-final that is to take place at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Preparations are well under way at the venue to host the match, which is certain to pull attention of the masses. However, it is also true that they are equally enthusiastic to see which team wins tomorrow and book a berth at a place where each participant wanted to reach.

The team with enormous a bunch of talent will definitely have an advantage over the rivals. It has commonly been seen that skippers of different playing XIs did not stick to a five-bowler strategy. Employing seven bowlers (both part-time and full-time) by captains in the ICC World T20 on more than a few games was a big decision in several regards but objective was only one to pocket victory. Bowling skills need to be sharp in this format as several batsmen house the potential to strike hard and put a total that might not be an easy target to chase for the opponents.

Nonetheless, if talent is capitalized in a way near to perfect, contest between batsmen and bowlers will catch the eyes. Responsibilities on the shoulders of each teammate will be huge. Dynamic players from New Zealand showed constructive transitions and replicated the same in their performance right from the onset of this tournament. Backing budding cricketers by the seniors helped them shine.

England made South Africa had their biggest nightmare in the recent past post defeating them by 2 wickets, chasing a mammoth target of 230 runs in 20 overs. Focused batting by the opener Jason Roy and a special 83-run knock of Joe Root changed entire statistics by the Proteas, something they would not like to remember. Changes in strategies can change the game further. Individual performances, coupled with great efforts to rise as a unit, would be required from the beginning of the match.

Winning the toss will be crucial as like it has been always given that one of the captains will need to make a decision either to bat or field that can set base for their victory. However, this doesn’t mean that the party that loses it has no scope of upsetting the opponents. Top, middle and lower batting orders can perform better if unwanted stress is kept far away from their team.

Decisions of the captains will help their teams to reach at a strong position for the reason that great the leadership can bring the difference. Viewers speculate solid contest coming ahead and that adds to responsibility on the shoulders of each player since tournament turns big when all men pour devoted efforts to attain a common goal. With just a day left for the competition to begin, it will be surely a major point to watch which team makes best use of experience gained earlier or during recently played matches. Besides this, they are eager to note whether Kiwis continue their winning streak or will be upset by England, who rank second in Group 1, creating a place for themselves in last four after thrashing Sri Lanka in a do or die match by 10 runs.

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