Hosts, England face the perennial dark horses, New Zealand in a do or die clash in the 41st match of the Cricket World Cup.
Both these teams have their fate in their own hands. This is one of the high profile games of the tournament between two title contenders. Everyone is eagerly awaiting for this exciting clash between two equally strong teams to unfold.
The Poms are fourth in the table with 10 points and one win away from reaching the semi-finals. Whereas, New Zealand sits third. This is a clash between two teams who started the tournament with a bang. They won matches comprehensively but stumbled as the tournament progressed and now require a win to move into the next round.
Both teams possess a deadly bowling attack with all bases covered. They have gun fast bowlers such as Archer, Wood and Ferguson and at the same time have wily spinners such as Rashid and Santner. England batting is a bit stronger than the Kiwis. They also bat deep and every one of them is a match winner in their own right.
England (Probable XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali/Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid
New Zealand (Probable XI): Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi/Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Joe Root vs. Lockie Ferguson
Joe Root is the glue which keeps the explosive English batting line up from falling apart. His calm demeanor and sensible rotation of strike is unparalleled.
The English number 3 has an outstanding record in ODI cricket with 5776 runs coming in 140 ODIs at an impressive average of 51.6. In this edition of the World Cup, he is the highest run getter for England and fifth highest overall.
He has stitched together very important partnership and is one of the most impressive players going around.
Lockie Ferguson is the wrecker-in-chief of New Zealand’s bowling attack. He consistently bowls in the 150 km/hr range. He is deceptively quick and possesses all the tricks of the trade. Ferguson is the highest wicket taker for New Zealand and second highest overall in this World Cup with 17 wickets.
In his career so far, he has taken 63 wickets in 34 matches at a stunning strike rate of 28.30. He is the enforcer of the attack and brings opposition batsmen into submission with his bag full of tricks and raw pace.
Jofra Archer vs. Kane Williamson
Jofra Archer (England) vs. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)Jofra Archer has everything. A mean bouncer, pace, trickery and all the cutters one could possibly have. He is a complete bowler who has taken this World Cup by storm.
Archer has 16 wickets in the tournament so far which is the fourth highest overall. He has troubled one and all. He is as effective with the old ball as he is with the new ball.
In his ODI career so far, he has taken 19 wickets with an economy of 4.98. He is also is handy with the bat and can use the long handle to good effect.
Kane Williamson is the epitome of perfection. He has all the talent in the world. He has been a fantastic leader for the Kiwis both while batting or in the field. Williamson has been in fabulous form in this World Cup. He also set the record for most runs between two dismissals in this World Cup.
In his ODI career so far, he has scored 6008 runs with an average of 48.10. This World he has scored 454 runs at a Bradmanesque average of 113.50.
This is a battle of best versus best both teams have to offer. England has to get rid of Williamson if they want to secure that semi-final birth. In Archer, they have a potent bowler who could do just that.
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Riverside ground has a flat wicket with true bounce. The pitch possesses a lot of runs as evidenced by the two centuries scored in the previous game here. This is a do or die clash for both the teams. They would have to play out of their skin to guarantee a spot in the semis.
Both teams would come all guns blazing. The team which shows a bit more composure in the crunch situations will come up trumps. We at Cricwizz predict a marginal victory for the hosts as the conditions would suit the batters and their batting might is unmatched.
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