Bold Selection Calls help NZ

Sure, New Zealand are the World Test Champions, and 50-over World Cup finalists, but not many gave them a chance to even qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup.

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Bold Selection Calls help NZ

They were pooled with three Asian teams - India, Pakistan and Afghanistan - all more familiar with UAE conditions.

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Bold Selection Calls help NZ

They lost their gun bowler Lockie Ferguson to injury hours before their tournament opener against Pakistan.

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Bold Selection Calls help NZ

They've also made some challenging selections on their way to their maiden T20 World Cup final. This is how New Zealand have made it.

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Dropping Ross Taylor for Conway

Although Taylor has raised his ODI game to an all-new level, he has fallen behind the curve in T20 cricket. Conway's left-handedness and calmness - both in front of the stumps and behind it - was vital to New Zealand's balance

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Non-selection of Colin Munro for Philips

The non-selection of Colin Munro was another hard call. But Gary Stead, the head coach, reasoned that Munro hadn't appeared as regularly for New Zealand in the recent past and so he was omitted from the T20 World Cup squad.

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Dropping Finn Allen for Tim Seifert

Then, there is Finn Allen, the new kid on the block, who has a T20 strike rate of 171.02 - the second-highest among batters who have faced a minimum of 250 balls.

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Allen shellacked 71 off 29 balls in a rain-truncated T20I against Bangladesh to push his case for a World Cup spot.

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Dropping Finn Allen for Tim Seifert

But New Zealand chose to go ahead with the incumbent Tim Seifert as Guptill's opening partner.

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Dropping Finn Allen for Tim Seifert