About the Match
England's dismal performance at the world cup continues as they suffered another humiliating defeat, this time against the Kiwis. They will now go up against Scotland on 23rd Feb at the Hagley Stadium, Christchurch and will try to make amends with a much-needed win. England lost two consecutive matches and are placed at the last place on the points table while Scotland has won one match and lost one and are placed at the second last position; they are eager to win against England with a good batting line-up although its on the slow side. England is definitely much more experienced but they will need to come back with more strength and earn a victory here; the team that puts its best foot forward and keeps a cool head above its shoulders will emerge victorious on Monday.
England lost massively against New Zealand by 8 wickets after being bowled out for 123 in 33.2 overs, choosing to bat first. Only Joe Root, the last man standing in the 34th over, offered resistance with 46 while opener Moeen Ali scored 20 and Morgan managed just 17 in an otherwise disappointing batting display thanks to Tim Southee. The bowlers also did not perform well with only Chris Woakes taking 2 wickets for 8 runs and the bowling change decisions were also not working in their favour. England has a star studded batting and bowling line-up but failed to deliver in spite of favorable conditions; they need to pull up their socks and deliver results. The team has many explosive batsmen such as Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Ian Bell, and James Taylor and they will need to rethink their shot selections and work on their strategy before its too late. In the bowling department, James Anderson, along with Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Chris Woakes are some of the most dangerous bowlers and they would definitely take advantage of their experience against big teams. England must win against Scotland in the upcoming match if they want to keep their hopes alive and progress to the quarterfinals.
Scotland lost its last match against New Zealand by 3 wickets after the batsmen set a target of just 142 runs in 36.2 overs. They had a disastrous start, losing 4 wickets in under 5 overs; however Matt Machan and Richie Berrington saw off the threatening spell with some solid batting. The pair did all the hard work and then started to play freely as they added 92 runs for the 5th wicket and got their respective fifties. However, with other batsmen getting out for ducks, they could only steer to a 142 run total. On the bowling front, Josh Davey and Iain Wardlaw took 3 wickets each but it was hardly sufficient to contain the pumped up Kiwis. The Scots were mighty impressive in the warm up game against Ireland and they are ready to fight back against England in the upcoming match. They have a pretty strong batting line up with Calum MacLeod, Matt Machan, Preston Mommsen and Richie Berrington, who will be crucial to their fortune. Overall, they have the ability and necessary fire-power to overcome any situation and win the upcoming match provided they are able to keep their determination strong.
While Scotland lacks experience their recent performance has been nothing less than heroic; on the other hand, England is wounded and will be eager to redeem itself with a win here. Both teams are under pressure and they must win the upcoming match to keep hopes for a quarterfinal berth. Although England has a lot of good players, they don’t seem to have gelled as a unit quite as much as the Scottish have over the past couple of years and though this could be a major factor for a Scotland's lifted performance on Monday, we believe that England will prevail.
Scotland, 1.083 @ Bet365