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England lead the head-to-head record against New Zealand by 13 wins to 8.
New Zealand are undefeated in the ongoing tournament.
England need to win this match to keep their semifinal hopes alive.
The two teams have faced each other in 23 T20 internationals, with England leading by a decent margin. England have won 13 games whereas New Zealand have been victorious on nine occasions. The Black Caps are undefeated in the tournament but England have the tools to stop them.
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England: Alex Hales, Jos Buttler (c/wk), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
England will be fighting for their lives when they take on New Zealand in the next Group 1 fixture at the Gabba on Tuesday. New Zealand sit at the top of the group table while England and Australia are in a race for second place. But keep in mind the tournament has been utterly unpredictable.
The Jos Buttler-led side crawled their way to a five-wicket victory over Afghanistan in their opening game. They were then defeated by Ireland by just five runs on the DLS method in a match they were in a good position to win if not for the rain.
England then had to share a point each with Australia after their much-anticipated clash was rained out. They have three points from three games with a net run rate of 0.239. England now need to win both games while keeping an eye on the net run rate.
New Zealand, on the other hand, have five points from three games with a ridiculous net run rate of 3.850, which keeps them in great shape even if they tie on points. They hammered Australia by 89 runs in the first game before the clash versus Afghanistan was washed out.
The Kane Williamson-led side then smashed Sri Lanka by 65 runs on the back of a sensational century from Glenn Phillips. He propelled New Zealand from 15/3 to 167/7 before Trent Boult claimed his career-best 4 for 13 off four overs to bowl out Sri Lanka for just 102.
England have a settled side and they're unlikely to make any changes barring late injuries. Their top order failed in the first two games, something they can't afford in a must-win situation. The likes of Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, and Ben Stokes need to step up. Liam Livingstone and Moeen have looked in good touch. Livingstone has also done well as the fifth bowling option alongside Stokes. In the bowling department, Sam Curran and Mark Wood have been excellent but Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid can be a concern against a top side.
New Zealand had Daryl Mitchell back in the side for the previous game after the all-rounder fully recovered from an injury. They are likely to stick with the same playing XI for this fixture as well. The bowling attack has been outstanding in the tournament so far with Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner, and Ish Sodhi in good form. Lockie Ferguson hasn't been at his best but remains ahead in the pecking order. The batting unit has seen two exceptional performances from Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips but there's still a lot of vulnerability that England would want to exploit.
Mark Wood has been bowling at a rapid pace in recent times and will be a key factor in this game with some of the New Zealand batters being vulnerable to express pace. He has snared 11 wickets in the last four T20Is with three three-fours. Wood has 37 wickets for England in 24 T20Is at a strike rate of 14.2.
Trent Boult is coming off career-best bowling figures of 4 for 13 in the previous game. The left-arm seamer has the ability to win matches with the new ball if any movement is on offer. Boult has 72 wickets in just 52 matches for New Zealand at an economy of 7.77, striking every 16.2 balls.
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|England vs New Zealand
Tuesday, 1st November, 1:30 PM IST/8 AM GMT
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