New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult was confident about his team causing a major upset when they meet the tournament favourites, England, in the first semifinal of the T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
The Black Caps have a similar record as England coming into the knockouts, having registered four wins in five matches in the Super 12 stage. However, the Englishmen have been the far more convincing team in the tournament, beating their opponents at will before losing to South Africa.
“England are a team full of match winners. They are a very well-balanced team and are playing some good white-ball cricket at the moment. So let’s hope we can create a big upset.
“There has been a good history between both sides in white-ball cricket. So I am sure there are a lot of people back home watching this with interest,” Boult was quoted as saying by New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
“We’ve tried to be as accurate as we can” – Trent Boult
Speaking about the things they need to do right when they meet the No.1 team in the world, Trent Boult mentioned that it boils down to the basics and mostly trying to get a read of the wicket as quickly as possible. So far, the teams that have won the toss have generally opted to bowl first because of the dew factor.
“For me, it is starting again. We are against some classy opposition coming to the business end of the tournament. And what has worked really with us currently is that guys worked together, tried to be as accurate as they possibly can, and they tried to, I suppose, read the wicket as quickly as they could. Pushing forward, that’s gonna be a big couple of things to check for us,” Boult added.
The Kiwis lost their first match in the Super 12 stage against Pakistan but managed to string four wins in a row. They have the momentum on their side against England, who is hurting after their latest loss to the Proteas.
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