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NZ v England T20 semi-final talking points

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/03/2016

HOW NEW ZEALAND AND ENGLAND STACK UP

ROOT v WILLIAMSON

By common consensus Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith represent the vanguard of modern three-format batsmanship. The first two will face off in Delhi and shoulder big burdens.

WINNING THE TOSS

Williamson has won all four tosses at the tournament and chosen to bat first, each time to winning effect. England have chased just once in the tournament so far, fearlessly knocking off a tournament record 230 against South Africa. Their record of defending is less impressive.

Kane Williamson with Corey Anderson © Getty Images Kane Williamson with Corey Anderson

BIG HITTING OPENERS

Martin Guptill has been in rare form at the top of the Black Caps order. They'll hope he's shaken off a hamstring niggle which sidelined him from the final pool win over Bangladesh. England's Alex Hales remains the country's only centurion in the format but he has yet to catch fire in the competition so far and missed the Afghanistan game with a bad back.

WILL NEW ZEALAND CALL ON BOULT OR SOUTHEE?

Prior to the tournament seamers Trent Boult and Tim Southee were among the first names on the New Zealand team sheet. That all changed when they played India on a turning track in Nagpur, gambling on a spin-dominated line-up that saw Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Nathan McCullum play star roles. But on a Delhi pitch where England have favoured pace, will New Zealand shuffle the deck again?

TIME FOR RASHID TO STEP UP

Much was expected of Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid in India following his eye-catching efforts in the Big Bash League earlier this year. But it has not quite happened for him so far. He has completed his four-over allocation just once in four matches and been hit for a total of 10 sixes - joint most in the tournament alongside spinning teammate Moeen Ali.

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