New Zealand vs. England
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 3, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
England -225 / New Zealand +175
England will play against New Zealand in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
England won a big game as they defeated India by X runs at Edgbaston. The win means that England have 10 points from 8 games. With Pakistan only points behind, England must win this match to secure qualification.
England were outstanding against India. The team batted very well with Jonny Bairstow scoring a century to lead England to a total of 337. Ben Stokes and Jason Roy also contributed with half-centuries. Following 2 disappointing batting displays against Australia and Sri Lanka, England were desperate for a good start and that was provided by Roy and Bairstow.
The bowling was also impressive by England, especially Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett. Plunkett took 3 wickets while Woakes took 2 wickets to dent the Indian chase. The death bowling was outstanding from England as they prevented the likes of Hardick Pandya and Rishabh Pant from scoring at a high rate.
Confidence should be back in the England team following the win and that will make them a tough side to defeat.
Looking at New Zealand, the team suffered its second successive defeat as they were beaten by Australia. The Kiwis currently have 11 points from their 8 games.
The bowling was decent from New Zealand as Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson both had good games. New Zealand allowed Australia to score 243 runs.
It was a poor batting effort by New Zealand as they only managed to score 157 runs. No batsman scored over 40 as they struggled to handle the pace of Mitchell Starc. The batting has been a constant problem for New Zealand and it will be tested again as they are playing a good bowling unit in England.
The Riverside Ground should aid the pace bowlers. Both New Zealand and England have quality pace bowlers so the batsmen may find it tough to score runs.
Looking at these two teams, both have struggled in recent times but England have managed to turn things around. New Zealand, on the other hand, slipped further below as they lost another game. England’s problem was always mental while New Zealand seem to have an issue with their batting. This England side is better than New Zealand and have the added advantage of playing at home. With all that in mind, I see England winning this game.