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England vs New Zealand LIVE! T20 World Cup



The ODI world champions and the Test world champions go head-to-head in Abu Dhabi this afternoon, both looking to add T20 World Cup to their trophy cabinet.

Little more than two years on from their epic 50-over World Cup final clash at Lord’s, Eoin Morgan and Kane Williamson lead their sides out once again, with a place in Sunday’s final against either Pakistan or Australia on the line.

England were among the pre-tournament favourites and excelled in the group stage, winning their opening four matches before losing to South Africa with qualification all-but assured, but their hopes have been hit by injuries to key men in Jason Roy and Tymal Mills.

New Zealand have, as ever, gone slightly under the radar, but also won four of their Super 12 games to qualify ahead of India, with their bowling attack in particularly in fine form.

You can follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below…

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Moeen goes big, Moeen goes high… and survives! He launches Boult miles into the sky, but Southee can’t quite make up the ground and it drops inches short.

Boult tries the leg-stump yorker, but Moeen flicks it away to the fence for four. It’s go time now. Big swing, but only down the ground for a single.

Malan tries to ramp the ball away to the fine-leg boundary, but makes a bit of a mess of it. They run a single though.

Five overs to go, platform well and truly set.

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Mooen tries to slog Milne over cow-corner, but doesn’t catch it and will only get a single. Malan is similarly aggressive next ball, but completely misses the pull shot.

Hammers a full ball back down the ground, Milne sticks out a hand but it doesn’t stick! Tough to call it a drop, but it was a slight chance for the bowler.

Hundred up for England, but only six runs off the over. A really good one for the Black Caps.

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Sodhi back for his third over.

Short and down the leg side… lucky Moeen didn’t connect with the pull, but it’s a wide. Single gets Malan on strike, who brings out the reverse sweep but it’s well fielded in the ring, will only be a single.

Malan steps to the off-side to give himself some room, but slaps it to the fielder on the boundary. Short and wide off the last ball, and Moeen takes advantage as he cuts it to the fence.

Eight wickets in hand, seven overs to go. Time to really accelerate.

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Milne back into the attack, after his impressive first over at the end of the powerplay.

Malan yet again goes through the covers… this time just about cut off, but they will come back for a third.

Full toss to finish the over, and Moeen slices it away to the sweeper on the off-side boundary. England building a nice platform here.

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Williamson turns to Glenn Phillips after drinks, the seventh bowler he’s used already.

England don’t intend to let him settle. Moeen clubs him down the ground for a single, before Malan again goes aerial over cover for another boundary. He then tries a reverse sweep… but Phillips fires it in fast, and it very nearly bowls Malan.

That’s much better, over cover again. Four again. Looks so good playing that shot.

A couple of singles to finish off, and that’s 11 runs off the over.

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How Bairstow fell…

Here’s how New Zealand got their first wicket of the match. Brilliant work from the captain Williamson.

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Will Macpherson in Abu Dhabi

This is nicely poised as they take a little quarter-time break. Dawid Malan is getting going, and has to kick on.

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Jimmy Neesham into the attack, Williamson perhaps wary of giving Moeen too much spin.

Malan goes after a full, wide ball and edges it behind… DROPPED. Conway was diving to his left, but really should have taken that.

As is so often the way after a drop, Malan makes New Zealand pay – beautifully-timed cover drive, and that’s another boundary. Halfway stage of the innings, and that will be drinks.

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Will Macpherson in Abu Dhabi

Buttler, the leading runscorer in the tournament, is out. Moeen Ali, who loves legspinners, comes in at No4. Someone has to stand up for England.

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Moeen Ali in at four, a brilliant player of spin.

Malan and Moeen keep it safe for the rest of the over, just knocking it into space for easy singles. That is until Malan lofts Sodhi inside-out over cover for four, that’s a great shot.



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