AUS v NZ v ENG - T20


The last league match between New Zealand vs England now turns as the semi-final. If the home team New Zealand wins, they will meet Australia in Wednesday’s final. But if England wins, net run rate will decide the team who advances to the final. Sixth and last league match of the tri-nation T20I series between New Zealand vs England scheduled to start at 7 PM Local | 11:30 AM IST on Sunday, 18th February 2018.



New Zealand was unlucky to loss the game against Australia even after posted 243 runs in 20 overs. Two losses against Australia pushes Kiwis to play a must win game in this last league match. The in-form openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro provided a huge momentum to their team with an opening stand of 132 runs inside 11 overs. The power-hitter Munro scored 76 runs off 33 balls while Guptill notched his 2nd T20I hundred before lost his wicket for 105 off 54 balls. As rest other batsmen couldn’t utilize the momentum and very poor bowling display by a bowling unit suffered Black Caps in the end. New Zealand missed the no. 1 T20I bowler Mitchell Santner badly in that game. As this is the do or die clash, New Zealand is expected to play with their full strength XI. Bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner is expect to be back in the XI on Sunday. Guptill and Munro had played so many match winning knocks for the Black Caps throughout this home season and they are a key players to put up a big total once again. Munro was back to big-hitting form and that’s the added advantage for the team. Skipper Kane Williamson had played a match winning knock in the previous meet against England. He came to bat at no.6 against Australia and scored only 1 run. Based on the match situation, Williamson will come back to his original position no. 3. Possible chances for Williamson to play a key innings in this game.

Ross Taylor, the senior player has a role to play in this crucial game. He finished an innings high with two sixes against Australia on Friday. If he comes to bat at no. 4, Ross will play a much better role with a bat. Mark Chapman who made T20I debut for New Zealand early in the series, managed to score 20 and 16 runs in his two innings for Black Caps. Some chances for Williamson and his men decides to play with Henry Nicholls in place of Chapman. Back-to-back poor all-round performance causes Colin de Grandhomme’s place at the moment. He has scored only 3 runs in last two innings and also bowled too expensive spells. As the power-fire requires in second half of batting innings, De Grandhomme will retain his place in the XI. Seam bowler Ben Wheeler replaced an injured Mitchell Santner and he bowled a terrible spell against Australia. Once Santner is fit, Wheeler will go back to bench again. The leg-spinner Ish Sodhi was only bowler who bowled under 9 runs per over against Australia and the limited overs specialist will be a key against England in Hamilton. Pace duo Trent Boult and Tim Southee had one more bad outing in the series. Boult was very expensive in last two matches and picked only 3 wickets while Southee claimed a wicket each in all three matches in the series. Power-pack performances are expected from these front-line fast bowlers.



Three losses in three matches pushed England under pressure and they need to win the last game with big margin to ensure the birth in Final. The arrival of Ben Stokes is the morale boost for English team right now. Stokes who solved all those issues in court earlier this week, joined the team on Friday and ready to go. Skipper Eoin Morgan was sidelined for last two matches with an injury. If he is not available for this crucial game, Jos Buttler will continue to lead the team on Morgan’s absence. After lost both matches to Australia in Australia leg, England came close to victory against New Zealand in their last game but lost that game due to collapse in middle-order. Stokes inclusion will strengthen England middle-order and he will play a huge role in this game. Jason Roy smashed 180 runs against Australia in the first ODI, last month. After that big innings, he dismissed for single-digit scores in five different occasions in 7 innings. If Morgan is back, probably James Vince will take Roy’s position at top of the order. Otherwise, Roy will keep his place in the XI. Alex Hales came with an explosive 24 balls 47 runs knock in the last clash against New Zealand. It was a good come back knock for him and he should continue to play similar role in this match too. At the moment Dawid Malan is the only consistent batsman in England unit who scored two half-centuries in 3 innings in this series. He might play key role once again for his team and no wonder if he scores another half-century.

Jos Buttler struggled to play freely with an extra burden of captaincy in last two matches. He scored 46 against Australia at less than 100 strike rate. He also departed for just 2 runs against New Zealand in the last game. Hard-hitting Buttler should play an aggressive innings to create some chances on his team favor. Returning back all-rounder Ben Stokes will replaces Sam Billings in the middle-order. He returns to England squad for the first time in 5 months and so much of expectation on him right now. T20 specialist David Willey started the series with 3 for 28 against Australia but he remained wicket-less in the last game. He is the major wicket taking aspect in England squad and the team need him to play much better role with both bat and bowl. Medium-pacer Chris Jordan somehow did a good job with a ball in last two matches. He is good at death overs, expecting at least two wickets from him on Sunday. Liam Plunkett has been ruled out for remainder of the tournament and Mark Wood was very expensive in the last match. That means possible chances for Curran brothers Tom and Sam to get a game together for the first time.




  • Martin Guptill
  • Kane Williamson
  • Ross Taylor
  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Tim Southee
  • Trent Boult

Top Pick – Colin Munro



  • Alex Hales
  • Dawid Malan
  • James Vince
  • Jos Buttler
  • David Willey
  • Adil Rashid
  • Chris Jordan

Top Pick – Ben Stokes




1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Mark Chapman, 5. Ross Taylor, 6. Tim Seifert, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Ish Sodhi, 11. Trent Boult.


1. Jason Roy, 2. Alex Hales, 3. Dawid Malan, 4. James Vince / Eoin Morgan, 5. Jos Buttler, 6. Ben Stokes, 7. David Willey, 8. Chris Jordan, 9. Adil Rashid, 10. Tom Curran, 11. Mark Wood / Sam Curran.



Anand Thiyagarajan

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