England v New Zealand betting tips: Buttler and Ali key for England
Preview and odds for T20 semi-final
The T20 World Cup has reached the semi-final stage and we have analysed the odds to pick out some England v New Zealand T20 betting tips.
The winners will meet Pakistan or Australia in the showpiece and England will be hoping for a repeat of their famous win in the final of the 50-over World Cup at Lord’s.
Wednesday’s match starts at 2pm and is live on Sky Sports.
England v New Zealand match odds
England have a 12-7 head-to-head lead over New Zealand in the shortest format, with one tie and one no-result, but recent meetings have been evenly matched.
That tie came in the deciding fifth match of their most recent series in November 2019, with England winning in a super over to take the series 3-2 – just four months after a more memorable six-ball decider in the 50-over final at Lord’s.
England v New Zealand key battles
A fast start will be the key for England, who have two of the five highest powerplay totals in this tournament.
England can be backed at 4/6 to score the most runs in the first six overs, although the loss of opener Jason Roy due to injury is a blow.
England’s Jos Buttler has been the standout batter of the tournament, striking the only century to date against Sri Lanka while a brutal unbeaten 71 against Australia helps him to an average of 120.
He trails only Pakistan’s Babar Azam in total runs, 264 to 240.
The absent Roy is England’s only other batter to make over 100 cumulative runs in the tournament, with Eoin Morgan and Dawid Malan having respectable averages but pedestrian strike rates while Liam Livingstone, in just two innings, and Jonny Bairstow have scored quickly.
Moeen Ali could be England’s key man – he has a high strike rate and trails only Adil Rashid with seven wickets for England so 12/1 for him to be named man of the match appeals.
For punters keen to back the underdogs in England v New Zealand T20 betting tips, Black Caps bowler Trent Boult (pictured above) has 11 wickets at 10.45 and Tim Southee seven at 16.29, with both seamers giving up less than six runs an over.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication