Can England level the series at Napier?
England will win the match!
New Zealand dominated England in the last two T20Is after losing on the first match and now leads the series 2-1. They will look to seal the series in this match by 3-1 margin. New Zealand team almost played two similar wins with batting first and posting 175+ runs and then restricting the England team.
England rested players such as Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, and Jonny Bairstow in the last T20I match. But, England won`t take a chance in this match with series at stake. England must win this match to level the series. England batsmen fell short in the stiff chase twice in two matches and will look to improve on it. Both teams are looking at different team combinations ahead of the World Cup next year.
New Zealand team posted competitive totals of 176 & 180 runs in the last two matches. Martin Guptill provided good starts with the bat scoring 41 & 33 runs in the two matches. Colin De Grandhomme played a brilliant knock registering his first fifty this series with 55 runs. James Neesham, Ross Taylor, and Mitchell Santner contributed with crucial runs in the lower order. Lockie Ferguson and Blair Tickner bowled well taking 2 wickets each and giving runs at just 6 RPO. Spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner were taken for runs over 10 RPO in this match.
New Zealand team has great depth in the batting and bowling department with the likes of Santner, Neesham, and De Grandhomme in the team.
Colin De GrandHomme – He played an aggressive knock of 55 runs of just 38 runs to continue the momentum in Kiwi`s favor. His ability to play attacking in the middle will be a great asset to the team. Lockie Ferguson – Ferguson has turned into the strike bowler for New Zealand off late. He has raw pace and ability to bowl 145+ kmph consistently with a good mix of variations and slower balls.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Blair Tickner, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
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Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Blair Tickner, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Ish Sodhi, TG Southee
England failed to chase down the total for the second consecutive team. Dawid Malan (55 runs) and James Vince (49 runs) partnership set the perfect platform for England. And, they looked well set in the chase with 42 runs required of 5 overs with 8 wickets in hand. But, Skipper Eoin Morgan`s wicket started their downfall and they lost 5 wickets for just 10 runs from 139/2 to 149/7. Sam Curran and Tom Curran opened the bowling for the England team and had combined figures of 8-0-58-3. Mathew Parkinson, Patrick Brown, and Saqib Mahmood chipped in with a wicket each. Saqib Mahmood was taken for a lot of runs in both the matches and he will be replaced by Chris Jordan in this match. Adil Rashid may also retain his place in the playing XI.
Dawid Malan – Malan top-scored for England with 39 & 55 runs in two chases but failed to complete the game in his team`s favor. He will look to stay till the end and help his team win in this game.
Sam Curran – Sam Curran has been the biggest positive for England this series and he has taken 4 wickets so far at an economy of just 7 RPO. His ability to swing the ball both ways early in the match will be a big boost for the team.
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Sam Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Patrick Brown, Tom Curran
Chris Jordan, Matt Parkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory, Patrick Brown, Eoin Morgan, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Tom Banton, Dawid Malan
The weather looks bright with a little cloud cover on the match day with just 10% chances of the rain as per the forecast.
Napier is one of the slow pitches in the New Zealand and run scoring will be difficult here. Bowlers will use slower balls and variations to greater effect in this pitch. The average score in this pitch is just 145 runs.
New Zealand batted first in all the three matches while England chose to bowl in both their tosses. Both New Zealand and England will look to chase in this match.
England team failed to complete the chase despite good starts by the top order in both matches. Skipper Eoin Morgan needs to step up his batting in the middle order. Kiwis look like a formidable side with a good mix of all-rounder sin the playing XI. We expect England to bring in experienced players such as Rashid, Bairstow and Jordan in this match. We predict England to win this match and level the series 2-2.
England will win the match!