The action shifts to Cardiff on Tuesday as hosts England take on New Zealand in what it touted to be a clash of equal powers in the ICC Champions Trophy. England started off their campaign with a comfortable victory over Bangladesh, thanks to Root’s century while New Zealand’s match was curtailed due to rain, though they had Australia on their toes.
A win tomorrow for England would mean virtual qualification for the semi-finals while New Zealand will be hoping to earn two points and strengthen their hopes of making the semis. The hosts chased down Bangladesh’s 306 with ease but will be hoping for an improvement in their bowling department. Jake Ball conceded over 80 runs for the third time this year which makes him the only bowler in the history of the game to do so – a record which he wouldn’t be proud of.
Moeen Ali and Joe Root bowled decently, but couldn’t penetrate the Bangladeshi batting lineup with Tamim Iqbal swaying away from their threat. Plunkett was the only bowler who found inroads, picking up four wickets in the process. Barring Jason Roy, who scored a solitary run, England’s batsmen looked in total control. Hales missed his well-deserved century by five runs whilst Morgan blasted his way to an unbeaten 75. Root, as usual, was England’s top batsman, scoring yet another century.
New Zealand’s match was rain-curtailed right from the start. A change in the opening partnership paid dividends, as New Zealand got off to a quick start. Ronchi and Guptill were comfortable facing the Australian bowlers. Williamson will hope that his openers would pay back his trust and will be looking forward to putting up another masterclass with the bat after scoring a magnificent century against Australia.
His knock included eight fours and three sixes and took his side to a big total. Boult and Milne tormented the Australian batting lineup with some quality pace and swing, picking up 3 early wickets before the heavens opened up. New Zealand will certainly be hoping for another good performance with both bat and ball if they have any chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Let’s take a look at the Probable XI of both the sides.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi (wk), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, James Neesham, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Adam Milne.
England: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Steven Finn, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood and David Willey.