England vs New Zealand LIVE SCORE: England batting first after losing toss – T20 World Cup semi-final latest updates
ENGLAND are taking on New Zealand with a place in the T20 World Cup final up for grabs.
But they have lost the toss and been put in to bat first by Kane Williamson's team.
Pakistan or Australia await in Sunday's showpiece final in Dubai.
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2ND OVER: ENGLAND 12-0 (BUTTLER 5, BAIRSTOW 7)
Boult has his hands on his heads as he pitches one up which completely beats Bairstow and somehow misses both the stumps and his edge.
The New Zealand bowler turned away in despair when the last ball of the over went for a boundary – an inside edge from Jonny which missed the stumps and ran fine past the wicketkeeper.
Good start from the Black Caps. England have done well not to lose a wicket.
1ST OVER: ENGLAND 6-0 (BUTTLER 5, BAIRSTOW 1)
Tidy first over from Southee which is ruined a tad with one on the pads, which Buttler flicked away to square leg for the first boundary.
A little bit of swing for the New Zealand bowler and he had Buttler reaching for it, lucky not to get an edge on it through to the wicketkeeper.
Boult with the new ball at the other end.
Jos Buttler will take strike first up for England.
Tim Southee has the ball in his hand for the Black Caps.
And umpire Dharmasena calls PLAY!
Anthems and formalities done and we're about set for play at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Bairstow and Buttler are padded up and ready to face this dangerous New Zealand bowling attack.
Good support for England in the stands tonight.
So England will have to set a target tonight and then hope the dew stays away for their bowling attack to get to work.
The teams will be on their way down the steps for the anthems next, then it's all eyes on Bairstow and Buttler to open the England innings.
Nasser Hussain on Sky Sports says the toss is a 'reasonably big' advantage for New Zealand, but he did also say he's just tipping England to win.
"It (the toss) is reasonably big. Out of the three venues, the dew came down most at Sharjah.
"The stats in general in T20 cricket, sides prefer to chase. They need to and want to know a target and New Zealand have a very good bowling attack.
"If England get above par in a big semi-final, all eyes will be on New Zealand's batting line-up.
"Jonny Bairstow is a great opening batsman in white ball cricket, so that is no problem. The issue maybe is the three left handers in Malan, Morgan and Moeen Ali and what you do with Billings. I like leaving Livingstone as late as possible."
Here's how both teams will line up today.
England: Buttler, Bairstow, Malan, Morgan, Billings, Livingstone, Moeen, Woakes, Jordan, Rashid, Wood.
New Zealand: Guptill, Mitchell, Williamson, Conway, Phillips, Neesham, Santner, Milne, Southee, Sodhi, Boult.
One change for England – Billings in for Roy.
Morgan confirms Bairstow will move up to open with Buttler.
New Zealand are unchanged. I'll get you the full XIs soon.
Kane Williamson: "It looks like a good surface and perhaps a bit of dew later so want to make best use of it first up."
Eoin Morgan: We would've done the exact same. It's obviously been a trend in the tournament, hopefully it doesn't decide the game. Two evenly matched teams."
New Zealand win the toss and elect to field.
In a few minutes from now we'll see Eoin Morgan and Kane Williamson walk out for the toss.
Win the toss and bowl first has been the favoured play in this tournament – expect nothing different today.
HERE ON IN
Tonight is the last game in Abu Dhabi during this tournament – the Sheikh Zayed Stadium has been a fabulous host.
Tomorrow the second semi-final between Australia and Pakistan takes place in Dubai.
And then Dubai will be the centre of the cricket world on Sunday for the final.
CHAMPION VS CHAMPION
We actually have a meeting of the last two winners of ICC events today.
England are the reigning champions in 50-over cricket having famously won the 2019 World Cup on home soil.
And they face a New Zealand team that won the World Test Championship earlier this year at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
NEW ZEALAND'S JOURNEY
New Zealand's campaign has been opposite to England.
They were beaten by Pakistan in their first game in a result which meant Babar Azam's team virtually ran away with the group and India vs New Zealand became a bit of a knockout.
The Black Caps were superb in beating Virat Kohli's men and they've made no mistake in their last three against Scotland, Namibia and Afghanistan.
Kane Williamson's side are in form and New Zealand have history and a pedigree in ICC events.
ROAD SO FAR
It was all going far too easily for Eoin Morgan's men in the Middle East – right up until Saturday.
England barely broke sweat in demolishing West Indies, Bangladesh and Australia to start their campaign.
Sri Lanka made them work a little harder in Sharjah before South Africa edged a close one on Saturday.
That 10-run win for South Africa just brought England back down to earth a bit and could be the reality check they needed.
As mentioned, England lost Jason Roy in their last game and he's out for the remainder of the tournament.
The obvious choice would be for Jonny Bairstow to go up and open with Joe Buttler, but Dawid Malan is also an option.
Sam Billings is expected to come into the batting line-up in Roy's place, unless Morgan decides to try and get another bowling option in instead.
We'll find out in just over an hour.
MIDDLE EAST SHOWDOWN
Good afternoon everyone – welcome along to our LIVE coverage of England's World T20 semi-final against New Zealand.
After three weeks or so of group stage sparring, it's time for Eoin Morgan's men to land a knockout blow.
They face a well led, tough and dangerous New Zealand team in Abu Dhabi tonight with a place in the final up for grabs.
Both teams won four of their five games in the super 12 stage, so neither is unbeatable and one has to fall tonight.
England will have to do it without opener Jason Roy – more on that in a sec.
Play starts at 2pm GMT, 6pm local time in the UAE.
We'll have all the build-up before the toss and team news at 1.30pm.
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