The hosts England had a slight hiccup when they lost a couple of games at the ICC 2019 World Cup but the win against India got them back on track. Now, they have just New Zealand standing in their way from claiming a semi-final spot. Both teams have 5 wins in 8 games and will want a victory to end their round robin campaign in the tournament.
New Zealand now have a small problem of their own with 2 consecutive losses and they have end up with a third i their top order doesn’t fire. The openers have been the biggest let down and if they can set the foundation, a win seems likely for New Zealand. Keep reading for our Nostragamus (sign-up with “READSCOOPS” for Rs.100 FREE) fantasy tips and predictions of the ENG vs NZ match…
- Tournament: 2019 ICC World Cup.
- Date: 3rd July 2019, 3:00pm IST
- Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.
- Capacity: 17,000+
- Series status: Match 41 of the round robin stage.
Form (recent first)
- ENG: W L L W W
- NZ: L L W W W
- 2 CWC 2019 matches here – 1 won batting first, 1 won batting second.
- England have won 7 of their 13 ODIs here.
- New Zealand have won 1 of their 3 previous ODIs here.
- Lockie Ferguson – 17 wickets in 7 ODIs in CWC 2019.
First person on my team sheet is Ben Stokes and there’s no question as to why. The all-rounder has become the Stokes we all remember him to be, with plenty of aggression and smartness too. Stokesy has 82*, 89 and 79 in his last 3 games and also has 6 wickets in this tournament so far, so I wouldn’t mind making him my fantasy team captain either. With the ball, Jofra Archer has quietly crept up to being their highest wicket-taker with 16 wickets in 8 games and picking him is a safe bet.
I’m going to pick all of the top three batsmen in the English line-up with Jonny Bairstow having 356 runs in 8 games including 111 against India in the last game. He should be your wicket-keeper pick. Next, we have Jason Roy who has 281 runs in 5 ODIs and he has come into this World Cup with some blistering form, including 3 fifties and a century in CWC 2019. Joe Root is the safest selection with 476 runs in the tournament so far.
I’m going with 4 bowlers in this game as you can’t ignore the success Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult have been having, with 17 and 13 wickets each. Boult has come into his own in the last couple of games and is potentially the more dangerous bowler among the two. As for the team combination, the only change NZ would be considering is retaining Ish Sodhi or playing Matt Henry/Tim Southee in his place. I think they should play an unchanged team.
Martin Guptill has had a poor tournament with 158 runs in 7 ODIs after starting with a fifty in the first game. However, you should include him in your Nostragamus (sign-up with “READSCOOPS” for Rs.100 FREE) fantasy picks, as he has 67 runs in his only previous ODI here. Also, he is the highest run scorer in ENG vs NZ games, with 314 runs including 3 fifties in 9 ODIs. Go hard-core on the all-rounders and pick James Neesham for sure, and maybe even CdG if needed.
ENG vs NZ Betting
CWC 2019 Match 41: ENG vs NZ
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