Eoin Morgan s England have been hit by injuries but go into Wednesday s Twenty20 World Cup semi-final as favourites against New Zealand, two years after both sides clashed in a dramatic 50-over final.
England have lost opening batsman Jason Roy and pace bowler Tymal Mills but they sealed a final-four place with four wins in five Super 12 games.
Roy collapsed on the pitch with a calf injury in England s final group match that they lost to South Africa and was later ruled out of the tournament and replaced by James Vince.
England s aggressive brand of cricket got them past West Indies, Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka with clinical ease to finish as group leaders ahead of the Aussies.
But the Kiwis are no pushovers and who better than England to appreciate the Black Caps worth after they needed a super over to edge out Kane Williamson s side when the 2019 ODI World Cup final finished in a tie.
“If England and New Zealand provide a fraction of the drama they did on a glorious afternoon at Lord s in July 2019, then the T20 World Cup might get the spark it desperately craves this week,” former England captain Mike Atherton wrote in The Times.
New Zealand matched England s 241 courtesy of Ben Stokes unbeaten 84 at the end of 50 overs and then their 15 in the super over before England were declared winners on boundary count.
England have reached the final four of the T20 World Cup without star performers Stokes and Jofra Archer and Roy s departure adds to their woes ahead of Wednesday s game in Abu Dhabi.