T20 World Cup 2021, Semi-Final 1: England vs New Zealand, Stats Preview: Player records and approaching milestones

T20 World Cup 2021, Semi-Final 1: England vs New Zealand, Stats Preview: Player records and approaching milestones

Jonny Bairstow is just one big hit away from completing 50 sixes in T20Is.

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England cricket. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

With a place in the final at stakes, England and New Zealand will lock horns in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2021. The encounter takes place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (November 10). Tension, controversies, and high-voltage drama was witnessed when these two sides last met in an ICC match and it would be interesting to see how this game pans out.

Going by the form and performances of both teams, the Three Lions will definitely take the field as favourites as they have ticked most of the boxes. Although there might be some loopholes in their bowling attack, the overall composition of the side seems solid. Not to forget, they ended the league stage as Group 1 table toppers, having won four of their five games.

On the other hand, the Kiwi side, which controversially lost the 2019 World Cup final against England, would fight to settle the scores. Like most of the ICC tournaments this decade, the Kiwis were the dark horses for this competition as well. However, they somehow know the mantra of thriving in ICC competitions. Hence, Eoin Morgan’s men can’t afford to put a foot wrong.

Meanwhile, let’s look at important stats and numbers ahead of the Semi-Final 1 match of the T20 World Cup 2021:

Head to head: England dominate New Zealand as far as the head-to-head record in T20Is is concerned. These two sides have met in 21 T20Is before Out of which 13 games landed in England’s favour, while the Kiwis won seven games. One of their encounters got abandoned. As far as World Cup clashes are concerned, the head-to-head record is 3-2 in England’s favour.

3 – Dawid Malan is three sixes away from completing 200 sixes in T20 cricket.

1 – Jonny Bairstow is just one big hit away from completing 50 sixes in T20Is.

2 – Bairstow is also a couple of grabs away from completing 100 catches in T20 cricket.

45 – Daryl Mitchell needs 45 runs to accomplish 2,500 runs in T20 cricket.

1 – Daryl Mitchell is also one big hit shy of completing 100 sixes in T20 cricket.

3 – Devon Conway needs 3 boundaries to complete 400 boundaries in T20 cricket.

1Eoin Morgan is just one big hit away from completing 350 sixes in T20 cricket.

4 – David Willey is four wickets away from completing 200 scalps in T20 cricket.

57 – Willey also needs 57 runs to complete 3000 runs in T20 cricket.

1374 – Glenn Phillips has scored 1374 runs this year, third-most by any player in 2021.

30 – Tim Seifert needs 30 runs to complete 2,500 runs in T20 cricket.

1 – Mitchell Santner can complete 50 sixes in T20 cricket. He needs one hit over the fence to get the milestone.

1 – Martin Guptill (23) needs one six to become the New Zealand player with the most sixes in T20 World Cups. He currently shares the record with Ross Taylor.

53 – Guptill also needs 53 runs to go past Brendon McCullum’s tally of 637 and become New Zealand’s leading run-scorer in T20 World Cups.