The second fixture for England on the race to semi-final. Winning against Bangladesh, the team has already made its mark, but the match against New Zealand would be a crucial bet. It’s final fixture in the league stages is with Australia, for whom losing is not an option. A win against New Zealand will make England’s case stronger in the tournament. However, New Zealand could come up as a strong attack especially in absence of players like Chris Woakes. England’s batting line-up is bolstered with players like Alex Hales, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan. In their last victory, the players made it apparently clear that the team has much more to show up. For England, the road seems straight. The victory against New Zealand will haul the team to Semi-final.
New Zealand has some of the players in good form. Kane Williamson, Luke Ronchi, Brendon McCullum and Ross Tylor forms a sturdy batting line-up. While Tom Latham’s stance as the opener has been worthwhile. It was back before a couple of years when New Zealand and England were face to face. Both the teams changed a lot not only with new players, but also with new approaches to the game. However, the teams confronted each other in other formats and has fair knowledge about players from the opposite camps. In bowling as well, both teams, has tested players.
Weather forecast for the match is not that positive. Also, the pitch remained covered throughout Monday. Downpours and strong wind are quite certain. This will press on the benefits to the team bowling first. Although average first inning score at Sophia Garden has been better than that of the second, batting early might not offer advantages due to weather. England captain, Eoin Morgan has already taken the changes in pitch condition on account. Meanwhile, Mike Hesson, New Zealand Coach is eager to play with enthuse collected from their campaign against Australia.
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