Date & Time: Wednesday, July 03, 15:00 IST
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, England
Kiwis and England gear up to book a berth in the Semifinals
The equation is quite clear for both the teams, a win here will take the side straight into the semifinals. A loss for England will put them on the waitlist until the Pakistan vs Bangladesh match. For Kiwis, even a loss might make them qualify for semifinals if Pakistan doesn’t win by a huge margin. But both the teams don’t want their fate to hang on another match’s result as they seek to crack the semifinal berth.
England is likely to stick with their winning combination. New Zealand might ponder leaving out Ish Sodhi to bring either of Matt Henry or Tim Southee.
The surface in Chester-le-street has produced a high scoring game the other day and it is expected to be the same kind for this crucial contest as well. Weather-wise there is no forecast of rain throughout the day.
He is holding the batting line up together single-handedly for New Zealand in the tournament. Apart from him, no other batsman has scored a century, which has been a problem for them. That makes him one of the must-have batsmen from New Zealand for today’s match. Adding to his present form he also has a good record against England in the last 3 encounters where he averaged 82.
He may not have performed as he would have liked to in the previous two games but he is still the leading run scorer for the side in the tournament. It’s pretty rare that Root goes without at least a half century in 3 consecutive matches which makes the encounter against New Zealand very much important to him. His past record against the Kiwis is also in his favor. He scored 208 runs at an average of 69.33 in the last 3 encounters against them.
He has been the trump card for England in the middle order to solidify an innings and to accelerate at any given point. His performance has masked underperforming England middle order which once again makes a vital cog against New Zealand if wickets fall early in the innings.
He has lifted the spirits in England camp on his comeback against India. His free-flowing stroke play has taken a lot of pressure off Bairstow at the top of the order. At Chester-le-street he once again holds the key for England at the top as he scored a century in the last game he had played here.