Riding high on confidence after registering a thumping win over India, pre-tournament favourites England will look to confirm their semifinal berth in the ongoing World Cup when they take on New Zealand in their last group stage game at Riverside Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
If England lose in Chester-le-Street, Pakistan could leapfrog them to enter the knockout stage with victory over Bangladesh. On the other hand, in the event of New Zealand losing on Wednesday, either of the South Asian teams — Bangladesh and Pakistan — can draw level with the Black Caps and fancy their chances of making it to the knockouts.
The Kane Williamson-led side have been ordinary in their batting in the last two games and they would desperately hope to improve on that front and make a solid comeback into the tournament. Williamson needs Martin Guptill to fire, much like he did in the 2015 edition, where he had emerged as the leading run-scorer of the tournament.
An attack led by left-arm quick Trent Boult, who took a hat-trick hero against Australia, and featuring the express pace of Lockie Ferguson is a testing proposition for any side and they would like to stop the attacking English batting line-up from bludgeoning.
England Vs New Zealand (ENG vs NZ) Match details
Where: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
When: 3rd July, 3:00 PM IST
England Vs New Zealand Head-to-Head
England and New Zealand have played each other 8 times in the World Cup Cricket tournament, out of which the Englishmen have won 3 matches and lost 5.
Suggested Dream11 team for England Vs New Zealand (ENG vs NZ)
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
Predicted XI for ENG vs NZ
England: Liam Plunkett, Eoin Morgan (c), Adil Rashid, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes, Joe Root, Mark Wood, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer
New Zealand: Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tom Latham (wk), Matt Henry/Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls