Man of the Match: Jonny Bairstow
Last chance to seal the knockout berth
Our prediction is England will win the match
England came back strongly after their two consecutive losses against Australia and Sri Lanka by winning against India by 36 runs. Jason Roy`s return to the top boosted the batting line-up and he added an excellent 100+ opening partnership which set the tone of the match. Johnny Bairstow scored a brilliant century and was rightly awarded MoM for his batting performance. Ben Stokes scored yet another half-century to take his team to a massive total. English batsmen find themselves comfortable against batting friendly conditions. Liam Plunkett replaced spinner Moeen Ali and bowled beautifully taking 3 wickets in the middle overs.
Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, and Liam Plunkett used the slow ball strategy superbly to stop Indian batsmen to hit boundaries on the shorter side. England needs to win this match to seal their place in the semi-finals and if they lose they would look at the results of other teams to go their way.
New Zealand suffered back-to-back losses in their last two matches after being unbeaten till the half-way stage of the 2019 WC. Kane Williamson has been the batting superstar for the team scoring runs in every match. The form of openers has been a big worry for the Kiwis team as both Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls are struggling.
Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, and James Neesham have been putting up some vital cameos in the middle order and helping their team to a good total. Trent Boult`s hat-trick against Australia went in vain as New Zealand lost the match by 86 runs. Lockie Ferguson has been their best bowler this world cup taking wickets at crucial moments. Tim Southee might replace either Ish Sodhi or Mitchell Santner in the team and play his first match in the 2019 WC. New Zealand will go through to knockout stages directly if they win this match. They have a better chance of qualifying even if they lose this match owing to their positive NRR.
Jason Roy – Jason Roy`s return boosted the England batting and his 66 runs at the top set the tone for a massive total for England. His ability to attack the bowlers early in the match puts the opposition on the back foot.
Chris Woakes – Chris Woakes bowled with good control and accuracy and did not give way any easy runs to the batsmen. In fact, he bowled three consecutive maidens with the new ball and took the wicket of Kl Rahul against India.
Joe Root - 476 runs, Avg. - 68, Strike rate – 92, HS -107, 100s -2, 50s - 3
Jofra Archer – 16 wickets, Economy – 5 RPO, BB -3/27
Eoin Morgan(C), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (Wk), Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer
|J Chioke Archer||10.0||0||45||0||4.5|
|J Chioke Archer||10.0||0||45||0||4.5|
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Liam Plunkett, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Eoin Morgan, Jofra Chioke Archer, Ben Stokes, CR Woakes
Ross Taylor – Taylor is having an average tournament so far with just 2 fifties and 233 runs to his name. He needs to score more runs consistently in the middle order to help his team post a big score.
Trent Boult – Trent Boult is one of the best swing bowlers in the international circuit and he has a potent Yorker which can trouble any batsmen in the death overs. He had bowling figures of 10-1-51-4 with a last over hat-trick in the last match.
Kane Williamson - 454 runs, Avg. -114, Strike rate – 78, HS -148, 100s-2, 50s -1
Lockie Ferguson – 17 wickets, Economy – 5 RPO, BB - 4/37
Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wk), Ish Sodhi/Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls
Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Matt Henry, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, TG Southee
Chester pitch has favored the batsmen and we can expect big scores in this match. Fast bowlers might get some purchase with the new ball in hand. We can expect scores in the range of 300-320 runs in this pitch. The match day weather promises to be bright and clear and no weather interruptions are expected.
Teams are succumbing to the pressure of chasing in the big tournaments like the World Cup, so captains teams will look to bat first and put a big score on board.
England team looks formidable and destructive on pitches favoring batsmen and their bowlers are used to bowling in these conditions effectively. New Zealand has a struggling batting order with openers in poor form and lack of aggressive bowling options. We expect the England team to win this encounter