Two equally strong cricket teams New Zealand and England are playing the five match ODI series which leveled 1-1 after first two matches. England had broken New Zealand’s winning streak (in ODIs) at home with a comfortable 4 wickets win in the last game. Which team will take a lead in the series? Third ODI match between New Zealand vs England is schedule to start at 2 PM Local | 6:30 AM IST on Saturday, 3rd March 2018.



The long one-day international winning streak came to an end for New Zealand when they lost the game in the second ODI. The Kiwis were notched up with 9 straight victories (3 vs West Indies, 5 vs Pakistan and 1 vs England) in this home season but now they have to recreate the streak from this match at Wellington. The good news for the Black Caps was that captain Kane Williamson was passed fit after ruled out for the last match with a hamstring strain. But the bad news is that other experienced batsman Ross Taylor has been ruled out with the quad strain he picked up in the second match. The openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro were tremendous in providing solid partnership for the team throughout this season. But, they were not up to mark in the first two matches of the ongoing series as a pair. After played so many dominating knocks against West Indies, Pakistan and also in recently concluded T20I tri-series, Colin Munro struggled to score runs in both ODIs against England. First, he managed to score only 6 runs in Hamilton ODI followed by 1 run innings at Moun Maunganui two days ago. New Zealand used him as a 6th bowler in both matches and he responded with a wicket each. Still, Munro is the dangerous batsman and could come back to big hitting form at any moment.

Martin Guptill has created a lot of records all through this season but managed to score only 13 runs off 29 balls in Hamilton. He had scored half-century in the last game but he took 87 balls to reach 50 runs. Both Guptill and Munro are crucial key batsman for their team, hopefully, we will witness a good come back from both of them. Skipper Williamson dismissed for 8 runs before injured himself in the first game. On the absence of Ross Taylor, the captain has much more responsibilities on his shoulders right now. Mark Chapman made his ODI debut for New Zealand in the last game by replacing Williamson. As Ross is not available, Chapman will retain his place and about to bat at no. 4. Middle-order batsman cum wicket-keeper had played a match-winning knock of 79 runs in the first game and also played a cameo of 22 runs in a second. He is expected to come with another valuable performance in this game. Henry Nicholls who batted well in middle-order against both West Indies and Pakistan, scored only 0 and 1 run respectively in the current series.

New Zealand side didn’t utilize the all-rounder Colin de Grandomme well in both occasions. He bowled only 4 and 2 overs respectively in those matches and also came to bat at no. 7 in the order. He had played a handy cameo of 38 runs in the last match but he is capable of much more destruction if he come up in the order. Bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner had proved his value with all around performances in both matches. After picked 2 wickets and scored a match-winning 45 off 27 balls in the first game, Santner lifted up the Kiwis with his unbeaten 63 runs knock in the last game. Undoubtedly, Santner is the key all-rounder and possibly will come with another all-round show in this game. Decision yet to make whether they want to continue with Lockie Ferguson as a third seamer or go back to second specialist spin options. If they go with spinners all-rounder Todd Astle might earn his opportunity. Stand-in captain Tim Southee was very expensive in the last game but based on the experience, he will keep the spot along with his partner Trent Boult. It wasn’t a great start for Trent Boult either, who picked 2 wickets each with expensive spells.



Eoin Morgan and his men are playing the current ODI series after clinched series by 4-1 against Australia in Australia, last month. England team were outplayed in recently concluded T20I tri-nation series but they are looking solid in the One-day International format. Joe Root and Jos Buttler’s contribution of 70+ runs each, put England in a good position in the first game. The heroics of Ross Taylor and Mitchell Santner kept England chances away in the series opener. But, the English side came back stronger in all departments and outplayed the home side in the last game to level the series 1-1. Jason Roy opens the innings along with Jonny Bairstow. Roy who had a series of poor batting performances in past one month, scored well made 49 runs in the first match. But he was dismissed for just 8 runs in the last game. On other side, Bairstow dismissed very early in the first game, managed to score 37 runs in a second.

As Alex Hales is awaiting for his opportunity, both Roy and Bairstow are under pressure and should bat well to keep their places safe. Not sure how long that England will hold Hales in Bench, so he may get his chances in this game. Top batsman Joe Root has started the series with a fine 71 runs knock in Hamilton. But things weren’t go in his way at Mount Maunganui where he scored only 9 runs. As we all know, Joe Root is the best batsman in the group and no wonder if he score big ton in this game. Skipper Eoin Morgan led the team from front by playing match-winning knock with the bat. He constructed England innings with fearless 62 off 63 balls. It was his 35th half-century in the ODIs. Morgan is always a dangerous batsman in the limited overs cricket, therefore he could play another big innings for his team. The returned back all-rounder Ben Stokes was adjusted as man of the match for his efforts of two wickets with a ball and an unbeaten 63 runs with a bat. He also cost two New Zealand wickets with his accurate throws.

The big hitting wicket-keeper Jos Buttler was at destructive mode in both matches which made him to score 79 off 65 balls and 36 not out off 20 balls respectively. With that mindset of batting, Buttler is capable of scoring more runs with monstrous strike-rate. All-rounder Moeen Ali contributed with runs in the first game and contributed with good bowling spell and wickets in a second. His role will be crucial in both middle-order batting and bowling in middle-overs. Bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes had picked 2 wickets each in both matches but he should come with much better economical spell which will assure more fantasy points for fantasy players. The left-arm pacer David Willey was not utilized well in both matches. Morgan didn’t allow him to bowl in later overs even after he bowled so well in the first power-play of both matches. Tom Curran was expensive in both occasions which means Mark Wood might replaces him in this game.




  • Colin Munro
  • Kane Williamson
  • Tom Latham
  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Tim Southee
  • Trent Boult

Top Pick – Martin Guptill



  • Jason Roy
  • Eoin Morgan
  • Jos Buttler
  • Ben Stokes
  • Chris Woakes
  • Moeen Ali
  • Adil Rashid

Top Pick – Joe Root




1. Colin Munro, 2. Martin Guptill, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Mark Chapman, 5. Tom Latham, 6. Colin de Grandhomme, 7. Henry Nicholls, 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Todd Astle / Lockie Ferguson, 10. Tim Southee, 11. Trent Boult.


1. Jason Roy, 2. Jonny Bairstow / Alex Hales, 3. Joe Root, 4. Eoin Morgan, 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Jos Buttler, 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Chris Woakes, 9. David Willey, 10. Adil Rashid, 11. Tom Curran / Mark Wood.




Anand Thiyagarajan

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