The host of Champions Trophy 2017, England will take on New Zealand on 6th of June. This will be the second game for both the team.
England managed to register a comfortable win in the opening game of the tournament by beating Bangladesh by 8 wickets. On the other hand, New Zealand’s match against Australia was abandoned due to rain. Both the teams will be hoping to win this game and take the lead in the group.
Let’s take a look at the important players to watch out for in this contest.
Batsman: Joe Root
The 5th ranked ICC ODI batsman Joe Root has been one of the top performing players for England. He been in a great touch with the bat and consistently scoring runs for the team. In the opening game against Bangladesh, he played a match winning knock of 133 not out. His innings included 11 boundaries and 1 six. Joe Root made crucial partnership first with Alex Hales and then with skipper Eoin Morgan.
Bowler: Adam Milne
The tall fast bowler is known for his express pace. However, this youngster has encountered persistent injury concerns in his short career. He was part of New Zealand’s 2015 ICC World Cup squad and was ruled out of the tournament before the semifinals clash due to injury. This youngster has played 35 ODI’s and took 34 wickets with an economy of 5.11. In the last match against Australia, Milne impressed everyone when he took 2 wickets in 2 overs in the match which was later abandoned. The Kiwis will be expecting him to perform the same way to take the team ahead.
Here comes Adam Milne for the 7th over & he removes Finch! Ct at short mid-wicket – huge roar from the crowd! 35-2 #CT17 🇳🇿v🇦🇺 ^WN
All-Rounder: Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes is capable of changing the game on his own. Earlier also he has shown his strength with the bat as well as with the bowl. The English all-rounder made headlines during the IPL 2017 Auction as he bagged a record price of 14.5 crore after being signed by the Rising Pune Supergiant and helped his team reach the final for the first time. Stokes is an aggressive left-handed batsman and a right-arm medium fast bowler. He comes with a rich experience and has the ability to take on bowlers when he is in prime form.