ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Matches, 2021
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 2, Abu Dhabi
Date & Time: 20 October 2021
RR: 7.76 | England beat New Zealand by 13 runs
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Apart from a bit of extra work towards the end, England will be satisfied with their bowling show. They were put under pressure initially by Martin Guptill but after that, the English bowlers picked up the intensity in the middle overs. As mentioned earlier, Adil Rashid picked three crucial wickets and was quite handy with his variations. The English batting though still needs to get more effective and sharp. Jos Buttler had a good outing and Sam Billings also showed his skills in the death overs but the form of Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan and Dawid Malan remains a big concern for them.
It was a stiff target for New Zealand but apart from Martin Guptill and his stand with Devon Conway, there wasn't much fight shown. Todd Astle and Ish Sodhi did put up a good resistance but you can't take a lot of confidence from their partnership. All the other Kiwi batters looked in a hurry and England had no qualms in giving them the return ticket. Adil Rashid bounced back well after a disappointing show against India and picked up three wickets. Mark Wood also bowled with a lot of fire and pace and claimed a 4-wicket haul. Not the kind of outing the Blackcaps would have planned for but at least they now know the areas they need to focus on.
Great fight from the final partnership but eventually, England managed to cross the line. From 103/9, the Three Lions let the game drift away a bit and can certainly not afford to do that in the main tournament. To close the game effectively is something England would like to do better in the coming games.
15 needed off 6 balls. Can New Zealand pull it off? Chris Woakes to bowl...
Tymal Mills (3-0-20-0) comes back into the attack.
Update - India have won their warm-up game against Australia by 9 wickets whereas Namibia have managed to outclass the Netherlands, all thanks to the knock from David Wiese. They have opened their account and made Group A very interesting.
Chris Jordan comes into the attack now.
Chris Woakes (2-0-8-0) comes back into the attack.
Todd Astle is the last man to come in.
Ish Sodhi walks out now.
Kyle Jamieson comes out now.
DRINKS! New Zealand looked to be in a comfortable position but a flurry of wickets has put them in a spot of bother. They would hope the current pair takes the game deep. England have bounced back in this game and have made it difficult for the batters to score. Can they keep the similar pressure?
Mark Chapman walks out now.
Glenn Phillips walks out at number 4.
Adil Rashid comes into the attack now. He replaces Mark Wood.
Tymal Mills comes into the attack now.
Devon Conway walks out at number 3.
Mark Wood comes into the attack now. He replaces Liam Livingstone.
Chris Woakes to bowl from the other end.