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England has taken a 2-1 series lead against New Zealand in the ongoing ODI series; the two teams will now battle it out in the 4th ODI at Dunedin on 7th March wherein the Kiwis face a must-win situation to keep the series alive. The visitors kept their nerves strong and made a superb comeback despite the Kiwi skipper’s ton and wrapped up a thrilling victory in the last match by 4 runs. England, which won the ODI series against Australia too on this tour, will be eager to sweep a series win again on Wednesday.
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Kane Williamson led from the front with a brilliant 112 but failed to steer the team across the finish line, falling short by 4 runs as Moeen Ali choked the middle order. Colin Munro scored 49 while Mitchell Santner yet again shone with the bat as he pitched in with 41 runs before getting run-out. Others like Martin Guptill, Mark Chapman, Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls failed to contribute, and the good efforts of the bowlers went in vain. Earlier the bowlers combined well to restrict the English to 234 all-out thanks to spinner Ish Sodhi’s 3-53 and Boult’s fine 2-47. Colin de Grandhomme was the most economical with 1-24 in 10 overs, and he brings variety to the attack along with Santner and Munro.
In the opening match, the batsmen had successfully chased down 285 runs thanks to Ross Taylor’s stunning 113-run innings and good contributions by Latham and Santner, who scored 79 and 45 runs respectively. Boult, Santner, and Sodhi had each taken 2 wickets to stifle the English to 284, and they are in good form to repeat the performance again here.
The Kiwis need to win this upcoming contest to keep the series alive, and with players like Taylor, Latham, Santner, and Williamson himself in the batting line-up, we could see them come out all guns blazing to do so.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, TWM Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, TG Southee, IS Sodhi, TA Boult.
Moeen Ali’s stupendous 3-36 brought England the victory they were looking for, turning the tables on the hosts and taking a series lead. The spinner’s fine performance got him the player of the match award, and he is in terrific form along with others like Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes, who too claimed 2 wickets apiece in the last match. Their strong bowling attack helped them win the match by a close 4 runs; players like Ben Stokes, Tom Curran, Mark Wood and Joe Root also did well to contain the hosts.
Batting first, the openers couldn’t build a solid foundation, but captain Eoin Morgan and Stokes kept the scoreboard ticking with 48 and 39 runs respectively. Buttler, Ali and Root pitched in with the runs, but they could muster only 234 runs in the end, getting all-out. Roy and Bairstow can put up a better show in the upcoming match while Joe Root and Stokes can steady the innings from the middle order.
In the 2nd ODI, pacers Woakes and Stokes took 2 wickets each while Ali also claimed 2-33 to contain the hosts at 223. The batsmen then chased down the target with ease thanks to a good effort by Morgan and Stokes, who scored 60+ runs each and can come out with all their firepower again here.
JJ Roy, Jonny Bairstow, JE Root, Eoin Morgan, BA Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, CR Woakes, AU Rashid, Tom Curran, M Wood.
Winning the toss and fielding first will be the way to go for the captains.
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Pitch doesn't really change within the span of 100 overs at this ground. Out of eight ODI games played here, there's nothing to separate the side batting first and the side fielding first as four games are won by teams fielding first and four after setting the target for the opposition. England have been more successful in chasing totals as compared to setting them. New Zealand's only victory in the series has come in while chasing. University Oval is generally a slow wicket, but it might just offer a little assistance to seamers early in the morning.
New Zealand won’t give up without a fight and they have good resources to bounce back here; however, we feel that England will is fire from all cylinders once again to gain unassailable lead in the series, but the return of experience to Kiwi lineup in Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson will make things a little tougher for them. While the teams are evenly matched, the experienced top or playing in the Kiwi conditions places the home team a little ahead.
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