Tuesday, November 1, 2022

England face old foes New Zealand at Gabba to keep Semi Final hopes alive

England vs New Zealand at Gabba in Brisbane: Nov 01, 2022 - Match Preview

Group 1 is still wide open with all 6 teams mathematically in the race to qualify for the semi finals but while New Zealand might afford a slip up, England have no such luxury. England would not be totally out even if they loose but would then require miracles elsewhere to proceed.

England vs New Zealand T20 World Cup 2022 Group 1 clash at Gabba in Brisbane

Finn Allen and Devon Conway started like a run away train against Australia but both failed against Sri Lanka to spin very early. Kane Williamson remains short of form but the sensational century by Glenn Phillips and the return of Daryl Mitchell has definitely given New Zealand plenty of strength in that line up.

New Zealand have no reason to change their winning combination, Boult and Southee are running riot while Santner, Sodhi and Lockie are proving tough customers to handle for opposition batters in the middle overs.

Jos Buttler and Alex Hales are yet to fire and England would be hoping that the two find form quickly. The middle order is a bit of muddle as well with Malan, Stokes, Brook haven't looked convincing as well. England might do well to break that middle order up a bit by promoting Livingstone or Moeen up the order, both of whom looked good in their short stay against Ireland.

English bowling has been firing alright although they did give away cheap runs against Ireland. Wood, Curran and Stokes are picking wickets at regular intervals. Woakes, doesn't look like his usual self but he's just coming back from an injury and should be fine. Adil Rashid, though, isn't picking wickets in the middle and that is hurting England.

Key Battles: England vs New Zealand

Mark Wood vs Finn Allen and Devon Conway

Trent Boult and Tim Southee vs Jos Buttler and Alex Hales

Adil Rashid vs Glenn Phillips 

The weather prediction for Brisbane isn't the greatest for the match day but is expected to clear up by the time the match starts. As we move to the business end of the tournament, every match assumes greater importance as teams jostle to book their place for the semi final. These two teams have given us some magic games over the past few years, fans would be keeping their fingers crossed for one more.

Probable England XI

Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Probable New Zealand XI

Devon Conway, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson, Glenn Philips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi

Top 5 Fantasy Picks for England v New Zealand at Gabba, Brisbane

Ben Stokes

Sam Curran

Devon Conway

Trent Boult

Finn Allen

The match will start at 01.30 PM IST (streamed live on Disney Hotstar app & on TV on Star Sports 1)

Who will come out trumps in Gabba? Will rain play spoilsport again?

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