NZ v ENG

4TH ODI – NEW ZEALAND VS ENGLAND – FANTASY PREVIEW

For the first time Black Caps are under pressure in this home season, as they down 1-2 in the ongoing ODI series against England. New Zealand beat West Indies and Pakistan with clean sweeps but now they needs a must win to keep the series alive. England just need 1 more victory to take two ODI series titles against both Australia and New Zealand at down under. Fourth ODI match between New Zealand vs England is schedule to start at 11 AM Local | 3:30 AM IST on Wednesday, 7th March 2018.

 

NEW ZEALAND :

The nail-baiting last ball finish not favored the home side in the last match at Wellington. With that defeat, New Zealand now has two losses in a row which are very rare thing to happen at their own yard. Despite captain Kane Williamson’s fighting century and another fighting knock by Mitchell Santner at lower-order, nothing gone in New Zealand way other night. The good news is Ross Taylor coming back to the XI as he cleared fit to play. The openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro generally offers a sold opening stand but both of them are struggling to maintain consistency in this series. Guptill scored a fighting half-century in the second ODI, then he dismissed for 3 runs in the last game. On other side, Munro who failed with scores 6 and 1 respectively in first two matches, somehow regained his form and scored 49 runs in Wellington. The team requires a solid partnership between Guptill and Munro at top of the order hopefully, they will come with some decent performances in this game. Skipper Kane Williamson returned back from hamstring strain which forced him out of second ODI and scored an unbeaten 112 runs in the third ODI. As rest of the batsmen failed to accompany Williamson, New Zealand has ended on losing side. The senior batsman Ross Taylor who missed the last game with an injury, declared fit and set to replace Mark Chapman at no. 4. Taylor was in good form and smashed a match-winning century in the first game. His return will boost the team ahead of the crucial match.

Wicket-keeper Tom Latham who had played a match-winning knock of 79 runs in the first game, also played an useful cameo in a second game. But, he was dismissed for the first ball duck in third ODI which made a collapse in middle-order batting other night. The Kiwis desperately needs Latham to bat well at very crucial no. 5 in this must win game. Middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls had an enough of opportunities but he failed in all three innings in the series. His scores were 0,1 and 0 respectively. There are 50/50 chances for him to keep his place in the XI. In case Nicholls not playing then Chapman will bat at 6. The all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme was not at his best with a bat in the series. He scored 38 runs in the second ODI but that wasn’t enough for power-hitter like him. But he did a good job with bowl, especially in the last game where he picked 1 for 24 in 10 overs spell. The one and only consistent performer in the series for New Zealand is all-rounder Mitchell Santner. He batted so good in all three matches. His scores 45, 63 and 41 runs respectively. He didn’t pick much of wickets but used to ball decent spells. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi replaced Lockie Ferguson and picked 3 for 53 runs in the last game. He is expected to keep the place safe in the XI. It was not a great series for bowler Tim Southee who had claimed only a wicket in 3 matches but his bowling partner Trent Boult managed to pick 2 wickets each in all three innings. The problem is both Boult and Southee leaked many runs in their spells. Hope for both of them to go deep inside England innings and make their batsmen suffer.

 

ENGLAND :

The T20I series didn’t go in favor of England but Eoin Morgan led-side are doing well and eye on second ODI series title on this long tour at down under. After thrashing Australia by 4-1, England just a win away to clinch another ODI series. Morgan and his men come back too strong after that close defeat in the first game and next two matches comfortably. Everything are going in their way in the series except for struggling to score runs at top order. The major concern will be the opening combination of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow. Roy who scored 49 runs in the series opener, managed to score 8 and 15 runs in next two matches. Bairstow’s scores were 4, 37 and 19 runs respectively. As both openers are facing lot of troubles and scoring runs freely, the hard-hitting opener Alex Hales might come in to scene and he probably replaces Jonny Bairstow in this clash. The star batsman Joe Root started the series with a well made 71 runs. But after that he had scored only 9 and 22 runs in last two games. Root is the major batsman in England side and the team requires a big contribution from him. Hopefully, he will fulfill the expectation with some match-winning knock in this game. Skipper Eoin Morgan led the team from the front with fighting knocks. After played a match-winning 63 runs knock at Bay Oval, Morgan had structured the innings once again with 48 runs in Wellington. He is one of the best limited overs batsman in the world and his consistency will play a key role again.

The star all-rounder Ben Stokes had won man of the match reward for his all around performances in the second ODI. But, he had an average day in the next game where he took 73 balls to score 39 runs and also remained wicket-less in 6 overs spell. The contrast changes are expected from him and the player in his calibre would come back stronger at no time. The firing form of Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler came into play once again in the last game. After scored 79 (65 balls) and 36 (20 balls) in first two matches, Buttler had played a cameo of 29 off 23 balls in the last match. He finishes an innings in style with his hard-hitting. An all around performances of 23 (19) with a bat and 3 for 36 with a ball made Moeen Ali to be on spotlight in the last game. After several matches, Moeen Ali had become player of the match other night. He may contribute once again with his all-round show in this game. The bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes did his job well at 1st power-play overs in all three matches and picked two wickets each in every occasions. He also a very useful batsman at no. 8 and helps his team with quick runs. The leg-spinner Adil Rashid had bowled too good economical spells in last matches. He had taken 3 wickets in 3 matches but his controlled spells in middle-overs pushes England to be back in the game. Pace bowlers Tom Curran and Mark Wood are not offering much with wickets and also conceding lot of runs. But as the team management not having any amount of confidence on the better performer David Willey, both Wood and Curran are expect to retain their places in the XI.

 

KEY FANTASY PICKS :

NEW ZEALAND :

  • Martin Guptill
  • Kane Williamson
  • Colin Munro
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Tom Latham
  • Ish Sodhi
  • Trent Boult

Top Pick – Ross Taylor

 

ENGLAND :

  • Jason Roy
  • Alex Hales
  • Eoin Morgan
  • Ben Stokes
  • Chris Woakes
  • Jos Buttler
  • Moeen Ali

Top Pick – Joe Root

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

NEW ZEALAND :

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

ENGLAND :

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

 

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan

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