As the group stage of the ICC World Cup 2019 is nearing its end, New Zealand will go up against England in a must-win clash to seal a top-four berth on July 3 (Wednesday) at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.
New Zealand made a thumping start to the World Cup remaining unbeaten in their first six matches but suffered two consecutive loss against Pakistan and Australia. Their top-order has failed miserably putting too much pressure on their skipper Kane Williamson and the middle-order. Martin Guptill needs to raise his hand and deliver the goods for his side in this crucial encounter against England. The bowling led by Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult has been good as they are likely to go with an extra pacer in Matt Henry against the host.
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On the other hand, England bounced back in style in their last match ending India’s unbeaten run. The return of Jason Roy boosted their top-order as he and Jonny Bairstow posted 160 runs for the first wicket before Ben Stokes ran an absolute carnage. There were glimpses of their dominance over the last four years during their game against India and England will hope to continue to play with the same intensity against New Zealand. Besides, the bowling has also don well, which will give them the confidence to go for the kill when they face a tough Kiwi side.
Date and Venue: England vs New Zealand, July 3 (Wednesday) at 3:00 PM IST, Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street
Predicted Playing XI
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid
New Zealand: Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
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World Cup Head to Head
i) Jofra Archer (16) needs one more wicket to become the highest wicket-taker for England in one World Cup edition. In the 1992 edition, English pacer Ian Botham also took 16 wickets.
ii) Liam Plunkett (197 wickets) is three wickets away from completing his 200 international wickets.
iii) Joe Root (901 runs) is 21 runs away from becoming the most ODI run-scorer for England against New Zealand. Currently, Allan Lamb is the highest run-scorer with 921 runs.
iv) Ben Stokes (5,971 runs) is 29 runs away from completing his 6,000 international runs.
v) Kane Williamson (926 runs) is 74 runs away from completing his 1,000 ODI runs against England.
vi) Trent Boult (35 wickets) needs to pick up two more wickets to become the most wicket-taker for New Zealand in Cricket World Cup history.
A fresh straw-coloured deck will be on offer which will please the home side England. Meanwhile, the most notable thing about this particular ground are the longer square boundaries which raised Virat Kohli’s eyebrows. The wicket has been under the covers by the ICC and the pace of the ball will come in handy.
Another lovely day in Durham, with blue skies and sunshine expected. The temperature will be hovering around 19 degrees Celsius and there no rains in the forecast.
England have been a dominant team in the last four years beating almost every team leading to the ICC World Cup 2019. But New Zealand peep them by 5-3 in the eight matches they have played against each other in the history of World Cup.
It will be an outstanding game of cricket between the two top sides of the world. While England have always been in the news and entered the tournament as the favourites, New Zealand have preferred to concentrate on their job without much media attention. And going by their calm and composed attitude in pressure situations, the Kiwis will start the tie with a little advantage over the host.