About the Match
New Zealand has registered 2 straight wins and will now go up against England in the upcoming group A match on 20th Feb at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington. The Kiwis are very enthusiastic with their performance so far and hope to continue their dominance and gain a third straight victory; on the other hand, England which lost its first match against Australia will definitely work hard and try to get some confidence back.
Winning the match against Scotland by 3 wickets with 151 balls to spare, the players just proved their strengths in delivering the goods with both bat and ball bowl. They chased down the target of 143 runs with 25.1 overs to spare despite losing a flurry of wickets; the bowlers did a fantastic job and restricted the opposition. Trent Boult and Tim Southee destroyed Scotland’s top order batsmen and took 4 for 12 by the fifth over; Corey Anderson grabbed three middle order wickets while Vettori finished off the tail with 3 wickets for 24 runs. On the batting line-up, Kane Williamson scored 38 off 60 balls while GD Elliott scored 29 runs from 41 balls to build the foundation of the chase however, the other batsmen were out scoring below 20 runs each. While they have overcome the challenge from the minnows, they will need to do better in the upcoming match against England to be at the top. Overall, they have the talent and ability to do well but they must ensure to come out all guns blazing if they want to be here for the long haul and win more matches.
England lost their last match against Australia by a whopping 111 runs leading to embarrassment for the team yet again; the batsmen had to chase down 343 runs but the whole batting line-up got out for just 231 runs. James Taylor blasted a superb 98 runs off 126 while Ian Bell scored 36 off 63 and Woakes posted 37 off 54; however, the other batsmen failed to score well and gave up fighting. On the bowling front, Steven Finn finished for 5-71 while Broad took 2 wickets. Losing the match against Australia would surely have hurt their confidence but the team has the necessary talent and experience to bounce back with players like Ian Bell, who has silenced critics with a hundred and a fifty in the tri-series. Moeen Ali’s contribution with both bat and ball adds another dimension to the side; James Taylor has posted 50+ scores four times since December 2014 while Joe Roots continues to be one of the key batsmen in the middle order. They also have an established bowling attack with James Anderson, Steven Finn and Stuart Broad while the off-spinner Ali has so far worked wonders for them; they would need to come out with better rhythm to contain the Kiwis here.
It will be a close contest between New Zealand and England, as both teams have strong contenders; New Zealand won two consecutive matches and looks stronger mentally whereas the English need to make good use of the well-established players they have. Going by New Zealand’s recent performance on the field, we feel that they are better placed to continue with their winning momentum.
New Zealand, 1.50 @ Bet365