World Twenty20: England face tough semi against in-form NZ

England teams ready for T20 semi-finals
ICC World Twenty20 semi-finals
Date: Wednesday, 30 March Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, Delhi
Women's semi-final: Australia v England 10:00 BST
Men's semi-final: New Zealand v England 14:30 BST
Coverage: In-play highlights on the BBC Sport website; ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app; live text commentary

Eoin Morgan says England will have to beat the in-form side of the tournament in New Zealand if they are to reach the final of the World Twenty20.

England, who finished second in Group 1 after winning three of their four matches, face the unbeaten Kiwis in Delhi on Wednesday.

England's women face Australia earlier the same day for a place in the final.

"New Zealand have played out of their skin in the group stages," England captain Morgan told BBC Sport.

"They have probably played the best cricket of the tournament so far."

Kane Williamson's side qualified from Group 2 in top spot, courtesy of wins over hosts India, Australia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

England lost their first game, against West Indies, but recovered superbly to win their next three against South Africa, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

Route to the semi-final
EnglandNew Zealand
West Indies (Mumbai) - lost by 6 wicketsIndia (Nagpur) - won by 47 runs
South Africa (Mumbai) - won by two wicketsAustralia (Dharamsala) - won by eight runs
Afghanistan (Delhi) - won by 15 runsPakistan (Mohali) - won by 22 runs
Sri Lanka (Delhi) - won by 10 runsBangladesh (Kolkata) - won by 75 runs

"There is a a lot of excitement around the group," added Morgan. "Having done enough to get out of the group stages and play in a World Twenty20 semi-final, the guys are really excited.

"We have built a lot of confidence. We also showed a lot of character at different stages.

"We showed our development as a side in chasing down 230, our grit against Afghanistan and we played a lot of smart cricket against Sri Lanka."

Inspired by New Zealand

Joe Root v Martin Guptill
England's Joe Root and New Zealand's Martin Guptill are the top run-scorers for their respective sides

England's limited-overs performance in India is a marked improvement on the one they produced in last year's 50-over World Cup, from which they eliminated in the group stages having won just two of their six games.

New Zealand finished runners-up to Australia in that tournament, having played an aggressive, attacking form of cricket.

It is an approach England have attempted to emulate since Trevor Bayliss replaced Peter Moores as coach, with some success, including a 3-2 ODI series win over the Kiwis last summer.

Morgan added: "I think that New Zealand series was very important. We'd talked about emulating what Australia and New Zealand did at that World Cup.

"From where we were to where they were, we were miles away and in order to bridge the gap we had to try and emulate the fashion in which they played and the aggressive nature in which they went about their game.

"So they did play a key part, absolutely."

England improve at the death

Joe Wilson finds that Ben Stokes still isn't quite as popular in Delhi as Kohli or Yuvraj

England sealed their place in the last four of the World T20 with a 10-run win over Sri Lanka on Saturday, in which Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes impressed with their bowling in the final overs of the reigning champions' chase.

"You want guys to come in and say they want to bowl at the death," added Morgan.

"Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan are guys who I have relied on in the past and they have grown into death bowlers by virtue of their performance.

"It is an area we have struggled with in the past and he [Jordan] has taken on the responsibility of being the man who wants to bowl at the end.

"He always has a cool head, knows his plans and goes about executing them well."

The stats you need to know

England record v New Zealand in T20s
  • Both of these sides had only managed to progress beyond the Super 8/10s once before in five attempts prior to this year's World Twenty20.
  • England have posted 172+ in all five of their completed T20 international innings when batting first against the Black Caps.
  • New Zealand have won nine of their last 10 T20 internationals heading into this fixture, including all four of their matches played during the 2016 WT20 Super 10s.
  • David Willey's career-best T20 international bowling figures came against New Zealand (3-22, June 2015).
  • No bowler took more wickets during the 2016 WT20 Super 10s stage than New Zealand's Mitchell Santner (9), recording an economy rate of just 5.7 in the process.
  • Mitchell McClenaghan has taken more T20 international wickets versus England than against any other side he's faced - 27% of his total scalps have come against them (8/30).

'A proud day for England'

England celebrate beating Sri Lanka
England beat reigning champions Sri Lanka to reach the last four of the World Twenty20

The men's semi-final against New Zealand is the second part of an England World Twenty20 semi-final double-header in Delhi on Wednesday with Charlotte Edwards' women's side taking on Australia in the morning.

"It is a proud day," added Morgan. "The girls have been outstandingly great in the last five or six years.

"They have held the flag very high, even when we have been poor. It is nice to be able to share tomorrow with them. It would be remarkable to both go through to the final."

'Fiercest rivalry in cricket'

England v Australia will be 'one hell of a semi-final'

England's women won the inaugural Women's World T20 in 2010 - their only triumph in the event.

They have been involved in some extremely close games in this tournament but remain unbeaten, winning all four of their matches to qualify as Group B winners.

"We have learned a lot from our games," England captain Charlotte Edwards told BBC Sport. "We know we can get over the line and it has probably brought us closer together as a team."

Route to the semi-final
Bangladesh (Bangalore) - won by 36 runsSouth Africa (Nagpur) - won by 6 wickets
India (Dharamsala) - won by 2 wicketsNew Zealand (Nagpur) - lost by 6 wickets
West Indies (Dharamsala) - won by 1 wicketSri Lanka (Delhi) - won by 9 wickets
Pakistan (Chennai) - won by 68 runsIreland (Delhi) - won by 7 wickets

Wednesday's game gives England the chance for revenge after being beaten by their old rivals in the 2012 and 2014 finals.

Edwards is one of a number of England players who featured in the most recent Big Bash T20 competition in Australia, but she says any friendships will be put on hold during the semi-final.

"I have played with a few of the Australia girls but as soon as we step over the line... it is the fiercest rivalry in cricket and certainly in the women's game," she added.

The stats you need to know

Charlotte Edwards
  • Australia have won four of their last six T20 internationals played against England (L2) having mustered just two victories across their previous 14 to have taken place immediately before than run (T1 L11).
  • This will be the sixth time these teams have met in this competition, both winning twice with one tie, Australia winning in the super over.
  • The last two times these sides have met in this competition have been in the final - Australia went on to lift the trophy in those matches.
  • England come into this game having won seven of their last eight T20 internationals (L1).
  • This will be the sixth women's T20 international match hosted at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi; all of the previous five have been won by the side chasing.
  • Lydia Greenway averages 34.5 runs with the bat versus Australia, the best rate of anyone to record 10+ innings against them.
  • Ellyse Perry (Australia) and Anya Shrubsole (England) have taken more wickets in WWT20 cricket than any other bowlers (26).

'England shouldn't be afraid'

England celebrate
Charlotte Edwards (far right) became the first player - male or female - to pass 2,500 Twenty20 international runs

"With the ball England have been ruthless," says BBC cricket commentator Charles Dagnall. "Anya Shrubsole the pick, backed up well by the spinners, but Jenny Gunn has been a standout at the death.

"To progress, it's all about their batting. Head coach Mark Robinson has tried to change the dynamism of the England line-up, and up front it's worked.

"Charlotte Edwards' role quite simply is a boundary hitter. She isn't quick enough to pick up the ones and twos, yet she is the best in the world at piercing the infield during the powerplay.

"Tammy Beaumont has come of age and rather than play second fiddle to Edwards, she has been given the freedom to attack.

"England's middle order struggles on the slow pitches to get going against spin. Sarah Taylor, while her keeping is exemplary, 28 runs in four innings is under par for a player of her class.

"Lydia Greenway's place is under threat but her being the only left-hander in the side will be taken into consideration.

"Spin has dictated the women's WT20, it shouldn't change in Delhi. The winner of this match will be who copes best as both sides prefer the ball coming on. England shouldn't be afraid and I would play them all.

"Here is my team for the semi: Edwards, Beaumont, Taylor, Knight, Sciver, Wyatt, Gunn, Brunt, Shrubsole, Marsh, Grundy."

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