England and New Zealand are two of the top three ranked ODI teams in the world right now. As such, they’re the favorites to win in this year’s World Cup. Both teams are desperate for their first world title and if recent performances have shown us anything, it’s that this time one of them might actually win it. But before they can get to that, they must go through one another. England and New Zealand have crossed paths many times before but when the stakes are this high, you can bet that they will do everything in their power to win.
England and the Kiwis have battled a total of 89 times in ODIs since their first match of the format back in 1973. The records show both teams are almost even when it comes to this format of the game. NZ managed to win 43 times while the England team devastated the opposition in 40 matches. Two matches were tied and 4 were abandoned for various reasons. Stats show that it could be anyone’s day when they clash at the WC.
Both teams are in sublime form heading into the WC. England scored beautifully in the recent series against the Windies. The series ended with a 2-2 tie but the way the English batsmen scored runs tells that they’re in spectacular form. NZ, on the other hand, thrashed Bangladesh in their 5-match ODI series. NZ comfortably whitewashed the Bangladeshi side and that’ll give them confidence heading into the WC. England – New Zealand encounters always provide a thrilling cricket game for all the fans.
Clash at the WC:
England and NZ will come face-to-face on 3rd July 2019 at the Riverside Ground in County Durham. This ground is fairly new and has just hosted 17 ODI matches. It is a tough wicket to bat on. The pitch and weather conditions are ideal for fast bowlers. Batsmen will have a hard time scoring runs here so we can expect a low scoring match. NZ have a much better pace attack as compared to England. They’ll be looking to strike early using the left-hand right-hand pace combination of Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Adam Milne can come in for NZ and finish the job.
On the other hand, England have their fair share of fast bowlers as well. Sam Curran will be hoping to play on this day and if he can get wickets, things will turn upside down for NZ. Spinners from both sides can get something out of the pitch and restrict the run rates at death overs. Batting might be hard on this wicket but both sides have one the best batsmen in the likes of Joe Root and Kane Williamson. These both won’t go down that easily.
Both sides are one of the toughest in ODI cricket. Looking at the recent stats, odds are 55-45% in favor of England. Although NZ have the bowling firepower, England know the conditions of their turf better and they’ll already be planning a strategy for NZ’s offense. NZ have all the chances to beat England but for that they’ll need to bat well on that day.