The heroics of Ross Taylor kept series alive for the home side, because of that series leveled by 2-2 and both New Zealand and England will fight for the trophy in the 5th and final ODI. Both teams has ups and downs in the ongoing series, they should bring their best efforts to win the series. Fifth and Final ODI match between New Zealand vs England is schedule to start at 11 AM Local | 3:30 AM IST on Saturday, 10th March 2018.



The home team leveled the series with an unbelievable come back, thanks to Ross Taylor’s massive 181 runs efforts. But the issue is Taylor’s quad injury which forced him to bat on one leg for sometime during that massive knock. Team management will take a call on Taylor just before the match. If he is not 100%, Mark Chapman will replace him in the XI. New Zealand’s both openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill led team down as both of them walked back without scoring a run in the last game. After having an amazing home season, they are looking uncomfortable in this series against England. As this is the last limited overs match of this home season, Guptill and Munro will eye on positive finish. Hopefully, they will provide a solid start for the team. Skipper Kane Williams has lot of responsibilities on his shoulders, particularly at the time when Ross Taylor on injury woes. Williamson found his form back with a back-to-back innings. He scored a good century in 3rd match and also scored 45 runs in the last game. All pressure on him, he should come out with cool head and show match winning performances in this game. Mark Chapman had played two matches in the series, first he replaced an injured Williamson in a second game and replaced Ross Taylor in third. He failed to score runs in both occasions, but still he will be in the XI, if Taylor is not available.

Wicket-keeper Tom Latham came with 70+ runs in two occasions and team have won both of those matches. He has a role to play once again at no.5 and if he get a good start we can hope for another big innings from him. Henry Nicholls and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme hold places at 6 and 7 and they should contribute with quick cameos in the last power-play. De Grandhomme has a role to play with a ball as well. Spin all-rounder Mitchell Santner did a great job all through the series with a bat. He utilized every opportunity and scored 45*, 63* and 41 runs respectively. With a bowl, he claimed only 2 wickets and both were came in the first game. Santner is a key player and he probably come with good all-round performances in this crucial final. Nine wickets in the series will secure a place for leg-spinner Ish Sodhi. He claimed 7 wickets in last two games and that creates lots of expectation on him. It is not a great series for Tim Southee who gone for runs in every occasions but based on the experience, he will keep the place in the XI. Trent Boult also conceded runs at times but he used to pick 2 wickets at least in every match.



A total of 335 runs weren’t enough for England to seal the series as they failed to defend that huge target other day. There are bit of wrong decisions on England player selection, because they dropped bowling all-rounder David Willey for Mark Wood. Even after played a handy role with both bat and bowl David Willey was thrown out and his replacement Wood contributed with combined figures of 1 for 104 runs from 14 overs in last two matches. The top order was bit shaken with an inconsistent batting show of Jason Roy and Bairstow. But in the last game, both openers had shown lot of characters, specially Bairstow smacked 138 runs off 106 balls with 14 fours and 7 sixes. Roy contributed with a valuable 42 runs. England requires one more good start from their openers hopefully, they will offer the same. The important batsman Joe root has scored his 11th ODI century in the 4th ODI and helped the side to post a good total. He is the asset of England and one more big performances is needed from him to seal the series.

Captain Eoin Morgan played a crucial part in England’s both win. He has shown his class with back-to-back 60 odd runs knocks and team won both matches. In other two innings, he dismissed for single-digit scores and England lost those matches. So, Morgan has a huge role to play for his team. After three impressive batting shows in a row, wicket-keeper Jos Buttler departed for zero in the last game. The explosive batter will come back to hard-hitting zone in this game. It was a mixed series for an all-rounder Ben Stokes. He didn’t offer much with either bat or bowl in last two matches. But as we all know, he could change the game at any moment so, he remains as dangerous player. All-rounder Moeen Ali who earned man of the match reward for his sensible performances in the third ODI, had a poor game with both bat and bowl on Wednesday. Keeps an eye on Ali because his crucial overs in 2nd power-play might play a trick for England. The bowling all-rounder doing a great job all through this season at down-under. First he had a great ODI series against Australia and now he performing decently well against New Zealand too. Adil Rashid and Tom Curran are expect to keep their places safe despite their an average performances in the last game. David Willey should replaces Mark Wood or else it will affect England’s chances quite badly.




  • Martin Guptill
  • Colin Munro
  • Tom Latham
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Ish Sodhi
  • Trent Boult
  • Tim Southee

Top Pick – Kane Williamson



  • Jason Roy
  • Joe Root
  • Eoin Morgan
  • Ben Stokes
  • Chris Woakes
  • Moeen Ali
  • Adil Rashid

Top Pick – Jos Buttler




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


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




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