Familiar foes England and New Zealand will meet once again this afternoon with a place in the T20 World Cup final on the line, only two years on from their epic at Lord’s in the 50-over equivalent.
Since then, the Black Caps have won the World Test Championship to make this a clash between bona fide champions. Pakistan or Australia will await the victor in Sunday’s final.
After losing to Pakistan to open their campaign, New Zealand dispatched India to knock out many people’s tournament favourites before rolling over the Group II minnows.
Meanwhile, England won Group I but suffered a defeat to South Africa in their last outing.
England have won 13 of the two teams’ 21 T20 meetings, including a warm-up game ahead of this tournament. And for those fearing yet another an edge-of-their-seat climax, they even played out a Super Over two years to the day before this semi-final - which England won in Auckland.
Date, UK start time and venue
England vs West Indies is scheduled for a 2pm GMT start today, Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
The match will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Where to watch England vs New Zealand
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event, with coverage starting at 1.30pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.
You can also follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated blog.
England vs New Zealand team news
England are without Jason Roy after the opener suffered a calf injury against South Africa. James Vince has been called up to the squad as his replacement.
Eoin Morgan is expected to shuffle Jonny Bairstow up the order to open with Jos Buttler but Moeen Ali is another option to be promoted. An alternative would be to throw in an extra bowler instead, in the form of David Willey.
Squad: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Reece Topley, Adil Rashid, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
New Zealand have little reason to change the XI that cruised past Afghanistan on Sunday, which saw pre-tournament worry Martin Guptill hit 28 runs and captain Kane Williamson 40 not-out.
Squad: Kane Williamson, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee
England vs New Zealand prediction
Without Roy and off the back of a defeat, England are facing their biggest test at their weakest moment of this short tournament.
It is all relative of course, with Morgan’s side incredibly strong so far and full of tournament experience - but the same can be said of New Zealand.
It will be incredibly tight and the Black Caps may have enough to eke out some revenge for that 50-over heartbreak back in 2019. But the incredible form of Buttler and England’s explosive power should get the job done.
England to win. Just.