After a stunning victory against tournament favorites India, England has found to be back on track as they are set to face New Zealand today at Riverside Durham today. A win will help both the teams to seal their semi-final berth so this semi-final calculation makes the game more interesting. England is a well-balanced side but somewhere they fell apart. But they peaked at right time and emerged victorious against India on their last match. Return of Jason Roy provides a major boost to them and experienced campaigners like Liam Plunkett and Johny Bairstow’s return to form will England in both bowling and batting departments. Their batsmen ben stokes, Eion Morgan, Joe root all are in right form which will definitely help them against mighty kiwis whose bowling unit contains the like of world-class bowlers like Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and matt henry.
Kiwis on the other hand got the flying start but failed to perform reasonably well against top quality teams like India and Australia. With semi-final berth looming they have to regroup and perform well in order to defeat rampage English side. They looked balanced on paper with both the all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham perform exceptionally well along with their captain Kane Williamson and experienced campaigner Ross Taylor. Their bowling unit looks solid with the likes of trend boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry. Mitchell Santner has evolved as a perfect lower order batsman and a smart bowler these days but his inability to pick up wickets at middle overs costing the side very badly it coupled with the form of their regular opener Martin Guptill who is yet to make a century. So kiwis have to face an uphill task today against well-balanced and in-form English side
Interestingly kiwis performed really well when it comes to the world cup as both the teams have met against each other in 8 occasions where kiwis managed to emerge victorious in 5 occasions whereas England managed to pull off a victory in 3 occasions. So today’s match is going to be interesting for the cricket fans. Since both are the top-quality sides and both are eyeing for the victory and other teams like Pakistan and Bangladesh will be watching closely because the outcome of the match will also help them to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
Expected playing XI:
England: Eoin Morgan(capt), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, and Mark Wood.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson(capt), Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Players to watch out for:
Jason Roy made an immediate impact after returning to the side with a hamstring injury. With the ability to play long innings coupled with the ability to switch gears at any time makes him a major threat for opponent bowlers and he will look to continue to the same form to earn the semi-final berth for his team.
Johny Bairstow return to form at the right time him along with Jason Roy are the best combination to give nightmares to any opponent bowlers. He can score daddy hundreds so England will be ho[ing for him to repeat his performance against India to seal a semi-final berth.
Kiwis captain is in red hot form throughout the tournament but last two matches have not gone in his favour so he will look to be at his top of the game in order to pull off a victory against rampage English side.
Experienced campaigner Ross Taylor has already got three half-centuries and a century to his name with semi-final berth under thread he will look to bring all his experience to play to put up a strong performance that will help his side to seal semi-final berth
Toss is going to be a crucial factor as the pitch has become slow in later part of the innings and England can emerge victorious if openers are able to put a strong performance at the top.
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