England Vs New Zealand Match in Champions Trophy 2017
Question in detailEngland Vs New Zealand, 6th Match, Group A: A win for England will guarantee a spot in the semi-final, whereas a defeat will pose a threat to New Zealand's qualification prospects. The teams know the qualification scenario well, and so have pulled their socks up for the competition ahead in ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Unfortunately, a wash-out against Australia robs New Zealand of 2 points. Lagging 3rd at present, Kiwis will now face England in their second game at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. They are aware of the potential threat that can push them out of the semi-final race. However, a lot will also depend of how Australia and Bangladesh fare in their respective coming games. England Vs New Zealand match in Cardiff gives no room for error, at least to the Black Caps who are already up the spout after a desperate washout against Australia.
The washout in New Zealand Vs Australia match handed England an advantage making their way to the semi-final a lot easier. A clinical 8-wicket win over Bangladesh posted the hosts top of the table. Also, the no-result games both from group 'A' shored them the top spot. England is in a good stead with one win in their only match. The probable England's playing XI against New Zealand could be as: Eoin Morgan (C), Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (WK), Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, Steven Finn/David Willey.
The weather in Cardiff might again come as a barrier to New Zealand's quest for a win. The rain is forecast at the venue. If this happens, the game is unlikely to have 50 overs each in both the innings. A win over England will ease off the pressure on the Black Caps. However, in case they end losing or the match results in a draw, New Zealand's progress will be heavily reliant on the other results. The likely New Zealand's playing XI against England is as: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, Luke Ronchi (WK), Corey Anderson/Tom Latham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
Will the hosts make it to the semi-final outplaying New Zealand in their second game?