England vs. New Zealand
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 3, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
England 1.44 New Zealand 2.80
England and New Zealand meet in a vital clash at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday. England’s victory over India at Edgbaston means that qualification for the World Cup semi-finals remains in their own hands.
As it stands, England sit fourth in the table with ten points from eight matches. New Zealand are a place above them in third with eleven points to their name.
Eoin Morgan’s mean are the host nation and the number one team going into the competition. A victory over New Zealand will seal their progress. If they were to slip up against the Black Caps in Durham, Pakistan or Bangladesh could beat them to a spot in the last four.
On the other hand, New Zealand are not assured of their place in the knock-out stage but they can feel reasonably comfortable based on their superior run-rate.
In their last match, New Zealand were thrashed by Australia. They only managed 147 runs in reply to Australia’s 243/9 in what was a below par performance. New Zealand’s star performer was paceman Trent Boult. He finished with figures of 4/51 which included a hat-trick in the final over of the Australian innings.
Kane Willaimson top scored with the bat once again but could only manage 40 runs from 51 deliveries. The captain has been immense for his side at this year’s tournament. He has 454 runs to his name so far – the fifth highest total of any batsmen. He also has the highest batting average with 113.50 and a top score of 148.
England defeated in India in their last match to keep their semi-final hopes alive. Jason Roy returned to the side following an injury and put on a 160-run opening stand with Jonny Bairstow. Roy made 66 and Bairstow went on to secure a century. Ben Stokes also played a brilliant innings, notching up 79 runs from just 54 deliveries.
The pick of the bowlers was Liam Plunkett who finished with figures of 3/55 from his ten overs. Chris Woakes also bowled superbly. New Zealand failed to score a single run off his first three overs and he picked up a wicket in that time too, eventually claiming 2/58.
England and New Zealand are amongst the top performing sides at the 2019 World Cup. Their batting has been explosive, their bowling has been hostile and their fielding has been exemplary. They are probably both deserving of a semi-final spot.
Three of England’s batsmen feature in the top run scorer's table. Joe Root is fourth with 476 whilst Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow sit ninth and tenth respectively. Jofra Archer has been the stand out bowler so far, with 16 runs to his name.
New Zealand’s bowlers have also been extremely impressive. Lockie Ferguson has 17 wickets in the competition and Trent Boult has 13.
It’s going to be a close match on Wednesday. With so much at stake, both sides will be desperate not to lose this one.
I predict that England will claim a narrow victory and secure their place in the semi-finals.