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World Cup 2019, Match41- ENG Vs NZ, Preview: England And Kiwis Battle To Seal The Semi-Final Berth

In the 41st match of the entertaining ICC World Cup 2019 extravaganza, hosts England will be taking on New Zealand at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on July 3, Wednesday. This game holds a lot of importance for both the sides as a victory will help them seal the berth in the semi-finals of the tournament. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results unfold in their respective previous outings.

New Zealand are placed at the third position, while England are at the fourth spot on the points table. Prior to their game against India, England was in a bit of trouble. However, Eoin Morgan and Co thumped India at the Edgbaston in Birmingham and got themselves to 10 points from eight matches.

However, Morgan’s men can’t afford to be complacent in their last game by any means. A defeat would leave them depending on the result of the match between Pakistan and Bangladesh. Pakistan with nine points can overhaul the Brits and knock them out of the tournament. The Kiwis, on the other hand, are almost through to the next round, barring something extraordinary in the next few encounters.

Head to Head Battle



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England’s likely Playing XI

The English team are most likely to play the same eleven. Jason Roy made an incredible comeback after the injury layoff. Jonny Bairstow finally showed his brutal self with a ton in the previous match. Joe Root has been the Brits’ standout batsmen with 476 runs at 68. Ben Stokes has scored four half-centuries and he has shown good form. The onus will also be on Eoin Morgan in the middle order.

Jos Buttler needs to show a bit more consistency. In the bowling department, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood have been England’s standout performers with 16 and 13 wickets respectively. Liam Plunkett came back into the eleven, picking up three wickets. Chris Woakes has done reasonably as well. There are concerns over the form of Adil Rashid, who hasn’t been effective at all in the mega event.

Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

New Zealand’s likely Playing XI

New Zealand are likely to bring back Matt Henry in place of Ish Sodhi, who only bowled six overs without a wicket in the previous match. Their opening muddle is yet to be solved. Henry Nicholls came in place of Colin Munro, but couldn’t make an impact. Martin Guptill hasn’t got going by any means. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson have to remain at their very best in the middle order.

Williamson has also chipped in with some useful wickets as a part-timer. Tom Latham is a decent batter, but the tournament has turned out to be a disaster for him. Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham have done their bit down the order. Boult got a fifer in the last match and that would keep him in good stead. Ferguson has hurried batsmen with his pace, having picked up 17 wickets.

Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi/Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.