About the Match
The ICC event days are over as we move from Champions Trophy to International T20s between England and New Zealand. The second T20 between the two sides would be played at The Oval on 27th July 2013. England and New Zealand faced each other recently in Champions Trophy group game which was a reduced 24 over game and England emerged triumphant in that game. Prior to that, New Zealand won the ODI series which was played just before the beginning of Champions Trophy. The first T20 was won by New Zealand in a closely fought contest. Once again it promises to be nothing short of a thriller.
England has now lost a couple of games on the trot. First, they lost to India in Champions Trophy which was more or less a T20 game with ODI rules and then they lost to New Zealand in the first match.Their top order is new yet experienced with Hales and Lumb at the top. Morgan still is a crucial player in the middle order and Bopara plays a key role with both bat and ball. Their bowling attack looks when compared with their Test or ODI counterpart. Kevin Pietersen is expected to make a comeback and he can turn out to be a vital difference between the sides. Despite being an altogether different side as compared to their ODI side, England still remains a formidable team and would be difficult to beat.
Just like England, Kiwis too have a changed side, but it’s not as changed as the English side. Their form in bilateral series’ has been impressive and they won their last game against England as well. Their test opener, Hamish Rutherford played a sensational innings in the previous game. Brendon Mcullum seems to be playing with freedom as well. Ross Taylor now has two good innings to his name in previous two encounters. Nathan Mcullum’s is a handy player due to his excellent skill with both bat and ball. Their bowling is a little vulnerable, but New Zealand is a good young unit overall. If their batsmen get going, it would be very difficult to stop them from winning.
The Black Caps, quite unexpectedly, won the last game due to excellent counter-attack by their batting. England would be disappointed after losing two close games consecutively. The arrival of Pietersen would surely help England. A win in previous encounter would certainly have built the morale of the Kiwis. A win would seal the series for the Kiwis and I expect them to win this all important game due to excellent form shown by their batsmen.
New Zealand, 2.20 @ Bet365
It was a high scoring first T20 with almost every bowler taken apart by batsmen. The man from Ireland, Boyd Rankin proved to be a tough customer to face for every batsman in Kiwi camp as he was most economical bowler of the match. Jade Dernbach bowled well, but he wasn’t as good as Rankin. Rankn is once again expected to do well due to his height and pace he generates.
Dernbach v Rankin - Bowler Match
Boyd Rankin, 1.91 @ William Hill