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T20 World Cup: England vs New Zealand preview

England's defeat to Ireland continues to cast a very big shadow over their hopes of reaching the semi-finals, with the washout against Australia not helping their cause.

There is no let-up in the pressure for Matthew Mott's men as they face another make-or-break game, this time against Group 1 leaders New Zealand at the Gabba in Brisbane on Tuesday.

The Black Caps have won their two completed fixtures with a net run rate far superior to Australia, who are now level on points in second after their victory over Ireland on Monday, having played a game more.

England are third in the Group 1 standings but cannot afford another defeat with the hosts and defending champions taking on bottom side Afghanistan in their final game, while the Three Lions face Sri Lanka.

Given the manner of their two victories so far, one more win for Kane Williamson’s men will surely send them through to the knockout stages, and if they don’t get it on Tuesday, they will look to seal their progress against Ireland in Adelaide on Friday.

All the action from the Gabba can be followed on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

Group 1 on weather watch

What England vs New Zealand 
Where Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 
When 08:00, Tuesday 1st November 
How to watch Sky Sports Cricket/Main Event and bet365 Sports Live Streaming 
Odds England 8/13, New Zealand 13/10 

With the weather having already played a massive part at the T20 World Cup, particularly in Group 1, there will be more than just the two sides involved keeping an eye on conditions in Brisbane on Tuesday, as rain is expected - which could shake things up dramatically.

With two games scheduled for the Gabba on Tuesday, it remains to be seen if one or both are affected but if it does play its part then England are likely to be the big losers in terms of those teams still retaining semi-final hopes.

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Afghanistan take on Sri Lanka in the earlier contest with either side unlikely to make the knockouts and, if the second game is washed out, then England will have their destiny taken out of their hands.

Should there be no play, England would be two points behind New Zealand and one adrift of Australia going into the last round of group matches and hoping that either Ireland or Afghanistan can cause a huge surprise.

The Three Lions have already come off second best to Ireland in a rain-affected match, no matter how close they were to getting on top and will be desperate for the weather to hold and allow them to find their better form.

If there is any consolation for England, it is the first game that is looking most in danger, according to forecasts, but that is not to say that their contest will escape entirely from interruption.

Batting form with the Black Caps

After two games completed for each, it is the New Zealand batting that looks in better shape, even if there was plenty to be concerned about for Kane Williamson's side in their second win over Sri Lanka.

Finn Allen's bludgeoning 42 set the tone for the Black Caps against Australia while Devon Conway saw the side through to 200 with an unbeaten 92, with cameos from others providing the support.

While both then failed against Sri Lanka in the second match as New Zealand slipped to 15-3, Glenn Phillips showed there was more to the line-up than the top two with a brilliant 104 that allowed his side to post a competitive total.

Despite showing strength on paper, England's batting line-up has yet to get going, making a meal of chasing the meagre total against Afghanistan, before they found themselves behind the eight ball when rain ended their chase against Ireland.

Dawid Malan's 35 remains England's highest individual score of the tournament so far and he is 10/3 to be his side's top batter on Tuesday, with the Three Lions still waiting for Jos Buttler (3/1) or Alex Hales (3/1) to fire.

Harry Brook came into the tournament with a burgeoning reputation while Moeen Ali and Liam Livingston have enjoyed little cameos in the two completed matches but, as a unit, England have not delivered.

The worrying aspect for head coach Mott is the fact that England's have under-performed against two of the weaker sides in the group and it remains to be seen whether the added pressure against New Zealand will be a spur or a hindrance.

Dominant power play for Black Caps

Another factor that makes the 13/10 for a New Zealand win look a little on the big side is the form of the frontline bowlers, particularly during the powerplay.

Having racked up 200 against Australia, there may have been cause to believe that the pitch favoured the batters but Trent Boult took 2-24 off four overs and Tim Southee claimed 3-6 off 2.1 as the defending champions slipped to 34-3 inside the powerplay before eventually being bowled out for 111 - with Mitchell Santner chipping in with 3-31.

To show that was no fluke, Southee claimed 1-12 off his allotment before Boult snared figures of 4-13 as Sri Lanka were reduced to 8-4 after 3.3 overs on their way to being dismissed for 102.

The opening duo can cause plenty of problems for England's top order, particularly if they are not quite on their best game, while captain Buttler has not been able to rely on the same sort of early breakthrough.

Afghanistan may have eked their way to 35-2 in the powerplay in what was ultimately a disappointing innings but Ireland lost only one wicket in the powerplay themselves in a winning cause, and New Zealand arguably pose much more of a threat.

England have the power and quality in their batting ranks to make a mockery of such suggestions but they have not been firing consistently throughout the year, and it is something of a leap of faith to think that all will come good on Tuesday - that is if the rain stays away in the first place.

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