In more T20 World Cup Cricket action, New Zealand will be facing off against England in a Super 8 match. Although the Black Caps lost in their Thursday night game against Sri Lanka, they were very close to making a comeback. Saturday's opponent at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, England, is a team that many believe is New Zealand's best chance for a victory since they went head-to-head with Bangladesh one week prior.
Although the English are indeed the defending champions, they are still not generally considered a top-notch squad. Most of the players have only experienced success at the domestic Twenty20 level of play, and the median age of the team is 25.
On a positive note, New Zealand's team captain Ross Taylor was back at number 4 against Sri Lanka and has been hitting the ball extremely well. He had an opportunity to speak to Stuff about his squad's upcoming approach going into match against England.
"It's an easy equation - we just need to win the next two games to make it through to the semifinal."
James Franklin's performance will also be crucial for New Zealand's success. He is widely considered the best ball striker on the squad. He has been batting behind Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori and Nathan McCullum in different circumstances.
On the other hand, McCullum hasn't met the expectations that many were hoping for him. However, Tim Southee has been a bright spot, as he's currently supplanting himself as one of the league's top death bowlers, and Vettori has been economical.
In hindsight, Pallekele stadium is not considered large, but the pitch is more effective. Hence, containing opposing batsmen is no easy task. The highly-anticipated matchup will serve to set the stage for more exciting T20 World Cup game play to come.
Coverage will begin Saturday, Sept. 30 at 15.30 SLT.
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