T20 World Cup: England v New Zealand semi-final contests to look out for

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Eoin Morgan's England defeated Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the World Cup 50-over final in 2019.

Semi-finals of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, England v New Zealand. Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2014 (14:00 GMT). Coverage: Live Test Match Special radio and commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra & BBC Sport website. Also available for desktop, tablet, mobiles, and app.

New Zealand will face England in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, the first semi-final in the Men's T20 World Cup.

Eoin Morgan's team won Group 1 while Kane Williamson's Black Caps placed second in Group 2.

In Sunday's final in Dubai, the winner will play either Australia or Pakistan.

These are the top contests and talking points to watch out for.

How does England replace Roy?

England's Jason Roy was injured in a left calf tore. This is a huge blow. It raises two important questions: Who will open with Jos Buttler?

Morgan stated that they have determined who will open, but did not name the batter.

Jonny Bairstow is the obvious choice because he is a one-day cricket opener, has a good record in T20 opening and is strong against spin and pace.

England could also promote Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali and Dawid Malan who all have plenty experience in batting in the top order of T20s.

Morgan said, "We are blessed to have guys who can bat at top of order and actually want to bat at top of order."

"If you look around, you will see that the highest runs are scored and the most prominent players all want to bat.

"And we are lucky that we have men who want to bat in the top three, which makes it great because they want go head-to-head with the big-named tournament players and big-named opposition bowlers."

Buttler is the second-most runs scored, has hit most sixes, and has scored a stunning century against Sri Lanka.

Morgan stated that it would depend on the surface and the conditions to determine who will be in the starting team. England will replace Roy with Sam Billings if they need another batter. He is a great against spin and could be anywhere from four to seven.

England's death bowling is still a problem - they lost 71 runs to South Africa in the last five overs - so they might bring in Tom Curran, David Willey or Reece Topley. They could also promote Chris Woakes, a bowling all-rounder, to number seven.

Powerplay is key

New Zealand will decide whether they bowl or bat first. They hope fast bowlers Trent Boult (New Zealand) and Tim Southee (England) can score in the first six overs of the match to expose the England middle order, which has only been briefly tested so far in the tournament.

Boult, a left-armer, has the joint-second-most wickets in this competition with 11, but only three of them have been in the powerplay. This proves his worth as a death-bowler.

Buttler has scored 240 runs thus far, surpassing Pakistan captain Babar Azm on 264. England could put up a huge total if Buttler is still in the field after six overs.

England will hope off-spinner Moeen, and seamer Woakes continue to dominate powerplay.

Woakes has been the most consistent bowler in powerplay, conceding just 5.1 runs per run in this phase. Moeen has bowled the most spinners and has taken five wickets on an average of 13 runs according to CricViz.

Boult is on level terms with Australia's Adam Zampa (Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan) on 11 wickets. Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga is on 16

Can New Zealand score enough runs to be considered a leader?

New Zealand's strength lies in their bowling. Fast bowler Adam Milne supports Boult, Southee and Ish Sodhi well, while spinners Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner keep things tight. England, however, will be a tough test for both.

Their batting is not consistent in big hitting, especially since Santner will be coming in at seven.

Martin Guptill, the Opener, can demolish opposition attacks but only 93 runs of his 176 runs have come in one match against Scotland. Williamson, on the other hand, plays a solid anchor role and scores under a run per ball.

New Zealand was limited to 134-8 by Pakistan's bowling attack. The Kiwis also needed a spectacular late assault from Jimmy Neesham and Glenn Phillips to achieve a par total against Namibia.

This is, naturally, a replay of the 2019 50-over World Cup final which England won in dramatic fashion.

Williamson, the New Zealand captain, said that they have played each other many times. "We've had some really great games in really excellent series.

"Over a number years, the England side and especially the white-ball sides have undergone significant changes.

"They're playing some great cricket as a team. It's a challenge we look forward to.