With victories over Pakistan and South Africa in their second round matches, England are virtually through to the semifinals and Paul Collingwood‘s men would be hoping to complete a hat-trick of victories tomorrow.
Their fine form notwithstanding, it, however, would be far from a cakewalk for the English side as New Zealand have put behind their 13-run loss against South Africa and eked out a thrilling one run win over Pakistan to put their campaign back on track.
New Zealand would seek to carry on the momentum against England to keep themselves in the semifinal hunt and shed their choker’s tag.
Incidentally, the Kiwis’ cause could be helped by in-form Kevin Pietersen‘s absence in the English ranks tomorrow.
England would badly miss Pietersen after the right-hander took a break from the tournament to be with his pregnant wife Jessica as the couple prepares for their first child.
Pietersen has been in sparkling form in the tournament, scoring an unbeaten 70 in England’s win over Pakistan and made a blistering 53 yesterday against South Africa.
England have an dependable opening pair in Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter, who have so far given solid starts to their innings.
Especially with Pietersen away, captain Paul Collingwood would expect yet another good showing from his openers.
Head to Head
The two countries have played four games in Twenty20 Internationals. England have won three and New Zealand one.
New Zealand, after winning the only game played against England in ICC World Twenty20 at Durban by five runs on September 18, 2007, have lost their next three games to England.
England and New Zealand’s Results Summaries in Twenty20 Internationals
England and New Zealand’s Results Summaries in ICC World Twenty20
– Stuart Broad (29) needs just one wicket to become the first English bowler to complete 30 wickets in Twenty20 Internationals.
– Shane Bond (23) needs two wickets to become the second New Zealand bowler after Daniel Vettori (33) to complete 25 wickets in Twenty20 Internationals.