England and New Zealand face off in match number 6 of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
Both the teams are the favourites to lift the Champions Trophy 2017.
England started off well against Bangladesh in their opening match. They hammered the Bangladeshis by 8 wickets and won the game comfortably.
New Zealand on the other will want to win this contest and get some points on the board. Their opening game against Australia was washed out due to rain.
England’s bowling against Bangladesh was worry some. But their batting was the highlight of that match. Alex Hales, Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan were the heroes of that match, England chased down the target of 306 runs in that match.
For the Kiwis, skipper Kane Williamson’s sparkling century and Luke Ronchi’s fluent 65 was the biggest gain from the rain abandoned match. Their bowlers also gave them good start against Australia.
- England Vs New Zealand head to head – Overall the Kiwis have a good record against England in ODIs. In 83 matches played till 2015, New Zealand won 41 ODIs and England has won 36 of them.
- England Vs New Zealand in England – The home team has won more matches. England 15 and New Zealand has won 12 in 29 matches played so far in england.
- England Vs new Zealand at Sophia Gardens at Cardiff – Only 1 match has been played at the Sophia gardens in Cardiff and England has won that match. Tomorrow these 2 teams will play their 2nd match in Cardiff.
Players to watch out for in England Vs New match –
- Kane Williamson – Mr Great in this world right now. He is the man who can score runs in any part of the world, on whatever the pitch is and in whichever conditions. This modern day great batsman is suitable in all the condition. Against the home team England, Williamson will have play another gem of an innings to take his team through. New Zealand needs some points on the board so Williamson is the man who can do it for the Kiwis.
- Luke Ronchi – Played well against the Aussies in their first match of the tournament. He is a perfect opening partner for Martin Guptill as well. He needs to consistently fire in this edition of the Champions Trophy. He and Martin Guptill can give the start that New Zealand want.
- Mitchell Santner – Brilliant all rounder for New Zealand. Santner is overshadowed by many a times by big hitting of Corney Anderson but one should not forget that Santer is also a quality all rounder in the New Zealand side
- Trent Boult – An asset to have in your team in these England conditions. Boult is the man for New Zealand to do a wonderful job. Against England he will relish this contest and the Kiwis should give him the new ball.
- Joe Root – The most dependable batsman for England at the moment. England will rely on Joe Root’s performance. Against Bangladesh in their opening match it was Joe Root 113 not out that took the game away from the Bangladeshis. Against New Zealand he will again in action.
- Ben Stokes – Quality all rounder and an asset to have in the team. recently he was awarded man of the tournament in IPL 2017. But england will need him fir for this match, in the opening match against Bangladesh he bowled only 1 over due to injury. Against Kiwis, England will need Ben Stokes bowling his full 10 overs otherwise it will be difficult for the home team to contain runs against New Zealand.
- Alex Hales – Brilliant opener for England. He played a good knock against Bangladesh but just fell 5 short of his well deserved hundred. Against New Zealand too, he will be responsible for giving good start for England.
- Liam Plunkett – The pacer was expensive but his 4 wickets restricted the Bangladeshis. Against New Zealand he will have to bowl well otherwise it will difficult to restrict the Kiwi batting line up.
The playing XI of England –
Ben stokes fitness will be the key for the English ahead of this contest. In absence of Chris Woakes, Steven will be replaced.
Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Steven Finn.
The playing XI of New Zealand –
The New Zealand will go with the same squad that played against Australia few days ago.
Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.