About the Match
After a dramatic exit from the World Cup just a few months ago, no one expected the kind of performance England went on to put in the last game. Not only did they win the match, they outclassed and outplayed the World Cup finalists in all departments of the game. The Kiwis once again take on England on 12th June 2015 at The Kia Oval, London at 17:30 IST. New Zealand will be looking for the change in fortunes with the change in venues whereas the hosts will be keen to prove that the victory was not by chance. The toss proved to be of utter importance in the first match and with the possibility of rain in London when Duckworth-Lewis can make its way into the game, its importance has only grown. The pitch will have lots of runs on offer, especially with short boundary on one side. It will be test of character for the Kiwis and one things is for sure; exciting cricket and plenty of fireworks is definitely on the cards.
Picking the wicket of Jason Roy in the first over was definitely not the sign of things to come. In fact it could well be termed as silence before the storm. After being in a good position for first ten overs, the Kiwis lost the plot and let their opposition score freely. The absence of Tim Southee was clearly felt as no bowler was able to stop the flow of runs or pick wickets of young English batsmen. Their fielding didn't help the cause either. Their batting too was not up to the mark as they kept losing key wickets at regular intervals. Williamson and Guptill got out after looking well-settled at the crease. Although Taylor scored a fifty, he did not look as fluent during his knock. The colossal target of 409 was always going to be next to impossible to chase, but their batsmen could have done better. Going into the second ODI, their batsmen would want to make amends and score runs whereas their bowlers will be looking to bowl into right areas and put hosts into trouble and if they are able to do that, this Brendon Mcullum led side can be a tough nut to crack.
Their victory was termed as 'close to perfect' by skipper Eoin Morgan and rightly so. They were energetic in the field, clinical with the ball and ruthless with the bat. Jos Buttler played a brilliant hand in taking their total to 408 after England collapsed to 202 for 6 in 30 overs. Adil Rashid, playing in his 2nd ODI, provided much needed support to him as he scored a quick fifty. Earlier, Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan stitched a nifty century stand which bailed them out of trouble. The former went on to score a century while Morgan got out just after reaching his fifty. Steven Finn proved to be the pretty useful with the ball along with Adil Rasheed as both picked up four scalps each. England had a difficult World Cup, but they bounced back brilliantly in the first game. With familiar conditions, superb form and energetic team, there's no doubt that this team can topple kiwis yet again.
England proved far too much for Kiwis at Edgbaston. It will be tough for the the Kiwis to forget the massive defeat coming into the second ODI. Brendon Mcullum has been a superb captain so far and once again a lot will depend on how he handles his troops. New Zealand showed glimpses of brilliance, but failed to convert those into notable ones. With experience at their disposal along with a talented squad, I expect the Kiwis to bounce back and level the series here.