About the Match
After a dismal performance against red ball, the Black Caps would be looking to bounce back in the shorter version of the game and get some momentum and confidence before all-important Champions Trophy. The first ODI between England and New Zealand would be played on 31st May at 10:45 GMT at Lord’s. There might be some changes in the New Zealand side for ODIs while the hosts are expected to keep the same combination going. The Kiwis would be hoping for the change of luck with the change in color of the clothes. It would be an interesting contest as New Zealand looks to be a far better ODI side than their performance in the Test series suggests.
England has been in pretty good from and they would be looking to copy the results of their Test Series into the ODI series as well. England didn’t do much with their batting in the Test series, but it was their bowling which has kept them on winning ways. With Broad and Anderson swinging the ball both ways, Kiwis can expect tough going early on in the innings. Swann doesn’t offer any respite in the middle overs as evident from Tests where he troubled everyone with his slow and loopy off-spinners. Their batting is certainly an area of concern which hasn’t performed the way they were expected to.
The Kiwis would be majorly concerned with their batting which fell down like a house of cards in the first test. Their performance in the second test bettered but only marginally. Ross Taylor played well in both the innings, but he’d need support from other lads if New Zealand is to make any mark in this ODI. Their bowling, in contrast to their batting, was fine in both the matches. Trent Boult and Tim Southee bowled with heart and swung the ball both ways with ample support from other bowlers. However, Boult isn’t expected to play this game due to injury. If their batting improved, New Zealand can give a tough competition in the opening game.
This is an important series before the Champions Trophy as it would help the teams to get adjusted to the conditions and get their nerves settled. England has looked strong throughout the season and New Zealand gave them a hard time at home. Can New Zealand come out on top away too? They would most probably come out with a better mindset. With Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson in good form and Brendon McCullum at the top of the order, they can give hard time to the hosts. Teams look even on paper, but betting on visitors offer better returns. Therefore, I’m tempted to go with the Black Caps in this game.
New Zealand, 2.62 @ Bet365
Alastair Cook has looked brilliant with the bat and is in sublime form. He scored a quick hundred in second test to take his team closer to the victory. Considering his form and consistency, it won’t be surprising if he top scores for England.
Top Team Batsman:
England - Alastair Cook, 4.00 @ William Hill