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ICC T20 World Cup
World T20 first semi-final: The contest would be between New Zealand's bowling V/s England's batting
England and New Zealand will clash in the first semi-final at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Kane Williamson-led Black Caps are the only side in the ICC World Twenty20 2016 which has remained unbeaten in the group stage.

Apart from the Australians who gave them a scare, no other team has come even close to beating them. Full credit must go to the skipper Williamson and coach Mike Hesson for reading Indian conditions remarkably well.

They deliberately left out Trent Boult and Tim Southee against India in the first game, inviting criticism from all quarters. But look what conspired, their three spinners claimed nine wickets in 11 overs giving away only 29 runs on a dry, dusty Nagpur wicket. All three New Zealand spinners have been consistent with an economy rate of less than run a ball.

The Kiwis have not conceded more than 158 in any match so far, and that too in a game in which they had batted first and scored 180 runs. Bowling has been New Zealand's strength in the tournament so far and if they do manage to win the title, it would be only because of their bowling.

England on the other hand are a young and new side and their batting is firing on all cylinders. But the same cannot be said about their bowling. In the only game England have lost so far, Chris Gayle made a mockery of their bowling attack.

England bat deep with Moeen Ali coming at number seven and David Willey, who has a 40-ball hundred in T20 batting at number nine. In the match against Afghanistan, it were the runs from these two that rescued England home after being reduced to 85/7, chasing 142 to win. Otherwise, England have chased even 230 against South Africa in the tournament.

In short, like New Zealand are in the semis due to their bowling, England are here due to their batting. The contest today is going to be between the Kiwi bowling and England's batting. But the deciding factor would be the Kotla pitch, where there has been little turn, which could be a major disadvantage for New Zealand.

Unlike New Zealand, England have already played two games at Ferozshah Kotla and are more familiar with the conditions. In my opinion today's match is almost neck and neck with a slight advantage to England for their batting form with players like Joe Root, who has a highest score of 83 in the World T20 2016 so far.

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