After the Super 12s, the world’s premier short-format competition comes down to these four teams. Who will win the semis and make it to the final?
England vs. New Zealand – 10/11/21 – Abu Dhabi
England enjoyed a fearsome start to their T20 World Cup campaign. During the super 12 round, the Three Lions completely outplayed West Indies, Bangladesh, and Australia. Later, they edged past Sri Lanka. However, they lost to South Africa in their last match.
Eoin Morgan’s team will have to do without the services of left-arm fast man Tymal Mills, as well as opener, Jason Roy. The duo picked up tournament-ending injuries in the Sri Lanka and South Africa games respectively.
Keep an eye on Jos Buttler with the bat and Adil Rashid with the ball.
During the super 12s, New Zealand lost to Pakistan in their opening game by 5 wickets. The Black Caps then found their form and brushed aside India, Scotland, Namibia, and Afghanistan.
Skipper, Kane Williamson, is a man for the big occasion. With the ball, Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult could be influential.
This isn’t the easiest match to call, but despite their injuries, England should have too much for New Zealand. Our prediction is a narrow England win.
Pakistan vs. Australia – 11/11/21 – Dubai
Pakistan have been the most impressive team at the tournament so far. They are the only nation to win all five of their matches in the Super 12s, including a landmark World Cup success against huge rivals, India.
Look out for Mohammad Rizwan and captain, Babar Azam, at the top of the batting order, and Shaheen Shah Afridi with the ball.
Not much was expected of Australia coming into the competition, but with defending champions West Indies faltering badly, Aaron Finch’s side took advantage with a thumping victory over the Caribbean side in the final Super 12s clash. The result edged out South Africa on net-run-rate and enabled Group 1 qualification alongside England.
Watch out for Josh Hazlewood with the ball and David Warner with the bat.
Our prediction is that Pakistan go marching on to the final. In these conditions and with their record in the UAE (unbeaten since September 2016!), they look unstoppable.