ENG vs NZ: After a flop show against India in their previous game, England will take on the Kiwis in the 13th Warm-up match of the ICC T20 World Cup.
England had a disappointing warm-up game against India at the ICC Academy Ground. Being asked to bat first, England did a commendable job with Jonny Bairstow’s gritty 49 and Moeen Ali’s action-packed 20-ball 43*. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers for India with 3/40 in his quota. England managed to set a giant target of 189.
While chasing, courtesy of Ishan Kishan’s magnificent 70 and KL Rahul’s quickfire fifty, India stormed towards victory with 7 wickets and six balls to spare.
Meanwhile, the Kiwis played Australia in their previous warm-up game. Despite Darryl Mitchell & James Neesham’s heroics, New Zealand was restricted to a sub-par total of 158/7. Kane Richardson’s 3/24 & Adam Zampa’s 2/17 did the trick for the Aussies. In reply, Mitchell Santner & Trent Boult’s heroics lead the match down to the wire. A four off the second last ball helped Australia bag a three-wicket win.
Both teams faced a loss in their previous games and would be hoping to bag a win here to get some confidence before starting their campaign.
Match: England vs New Zealand
Date & Time: 20th October 2021, 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 2, Abu Dhabi
It’s a balanced pitch. The average 1st innings score at this venue is approximately 153 runs. The team winning the toss should look to bat first as the majority of the games played on this ground have been won by the team batting first. However, pacers too have come in very handy at this venue.
It’s expected to be very sunny with mild humidity. The temperatures are expected to hover between 30-33 degrees.
ENG vs NZ Predicted Playing XI
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Mark Wood
Kane Williamson(c), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Seifert
ENG vs NZ Dream11 Team Prediction
Wicketkeeper: Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler
Batsmen: Kane Williamson (vice-captain), Martin Guptill, Dawid Malan
Allrounders: Moeen Ali (captain), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner
Bowlers: Trent Boult, Mark Wood, Tim Southee