About the Match
After a game that had no effect on semifinal fixtures, we now move on to a game through which one of the semifinalists would be would be decided. This game between England and New Zealand would be played on June 16, 2013 at Cardiff. The winner of this game would go through to the semis. If New Zealand turns out to be the losing side, they would still have a ray of hope to qualify, if Australia beat Sri Lanka in the game to be played on 17th June. However, England would go be out of the tournament if they end up on the losing side. These two teams had close contest when they played against each other recently in a bilateral series and it is not expected to be any different this time as well.
England’s campaign in this Champions Trophy hasn’t been as good as they would have wanted it to be. They still have the opportunity to make amends and impress the crowd. Just before Champions Trophy, England lost to New Zealand with the score-line of two games to one in a bilateral series. They bounced back in the series with a consolation win in the last game. In Champions Trophy, they started their campaign by registering a clinical win over Australia. In the second game, their bowling vulnerabilities in the absence of assistance were highlighted by Sri Lankan batting. England have excellent batting lineup with Morgan, Buttler and Bopara in the late order to finish the innings on the high. If their bowling does well, they’d be a difficult side to beat.
Black Caps’ run in this Champions Trophy hasn’t been as easy as their placement on points table suggests. Their first game against Sri Lanka was a mighty close contest in which they emerged victorious by just a wicket. It was their bowling which led them to victory. Their bowling performed brilliantly well in the second game against Australia as well. Their batsmen are struggling a little, but with players like Mcullum, Guptill and Taylor, they can never be taken lightly. Daniel Vettori has added to the strength of their bowling lineup. Nathan Mcullum’s all-round performance has played a very crucial part in recent games. They’ve been bowling well and if their batsmen find their form, the Kiwis can be a very dangerous team to play against.
It is the last chance for England to qualify for the semifinals and they would like to make it count. This might not be New Zealand’s only chance to qualify for the semis, but they’d want to seal a spot for them in the final four by posting a victory. England have a good batting lineup with brilliant bowling unit under pace friendly conditions. The Black Caps have been bowling really well and it would be their batting that would matter the most. New Zealand have several match-winning batsmen and their recent series win over England would give them tons of confidence. I’d go with New Zealand in this game.
New Zealand, 2.30 @ Bet365
New Zealand batting hasn’t done well in the Champions Trophy games thus far. Their batting was exceptional in their previous series against same opponents. Kane Williamson did pretty well and Brendon Mcullum scored quickly as well. Williamson bats at the top of the order and is looking in good form. I’d place my money on Williamson to score more runs than the Kiwi skipper Brendon Mcullum.
Williamson v B McCullum - Batsman Match:
Kane Williamson, 1.73 @ William Hill