ENG vs NZ Match Preview ICC World Cup 2019: The Kiwis face the hosts England to confirm a place in semi-finals - See Latest
ENG vs NZ Match Preview ICC World Cup 2019: The Kiwis face the hosts England to confirm a place in semi-finals

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - The hosts England take on 2015 runners-up New Zealand at The Riverside Chester-le-Street, Durham today. Both teams will be looking to confirm a spot in the semi-finals of WC.


The hosts England cricket team led by Eoin Morgan had an inflexible tournament so far in the ICC World Cup 2019. With disappointing defeats against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia, England are still not assured of a place in the semi-finals and has all to do against New Zealand. But a statement victory against India in their last game has brought some confidence back in the English camp and Eoin Morgan will be hoping to carry this forward.
On the other hand, New Zealand cricket team led by their star player Kane Williamson were one of the teams to beat in the World Cup and were unbeaten in their first six games. But at major stages, the Black Caps are exposed, New Zealand look like a one-man team with Kane Williamson almost carrying the team on his shoulders. Both Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult have come good so far and once again they will be their trump cards for today's match.
Pakistan fans, who were disappointed with India's loss to England on Sunday, will be watching Wednesday's match between New Zealand and England keenly.


Points Table Standing:
The hosts England cricket team will be standing at 4th place with 10 points from 8 matches.
While, the Kiwis New Zealand cricket team standing at 3rd place with 11 points from their 8 matches.
 
Pitch report: The pitch at the venue has been good for batting in both games played here. Spinners won't have many roles to play and striking with the new ball will be the key for pacers at this venue. So, a high-scoring match can be expected.


Weather forecast: There's a slight chance of rain, but it's pretty much negligible. A significant amount of cloud will be there, but the skies will clear up as the game progresses The atmosphere will be fine with the temperature in between 14-19 degrees Celsius.


Head to head in World Cup:
Total matches - 8
Won by New Zealand - 5
Won by England - 3


Team News:
 England cricket team management will be unchanged for this match. As Jason Roy and Jofra Archer pulling up nicely after their touch-and-go outing against India. Moeen will sit out again.
On the other hand, New Zealand cricket team management would consider going in with two spinners. But the suggestion is Tim Southee could play his first match of the competition. He has a fine record against England across formats, and his ODI numbers read 35 wickets at 28.14.
 
Players to watch out for
Ben Stokes (England) - The New Zealand-born England all-rounder has scored four fifties this tournament, with the last one against India proving to be a game-changing difference. With his grit and aggressive stroke-play, Stokes might once again be a key player for England in a must-win game.

Ross Taylor (New Zealand) - Ross Taylor, alongside Kane Williamson, has been leading the New Zealand batting at this World Cup. Taylor, who has already scored five centuries against England, including a match-winning 181*, which is also his career best, in a run-chase of 335 in their last meeting at Dunedin, will look to register another big score against one of his favourite opponents today.


Predictions:
As plenty on the line for both of these teams as hosts England meet New Zealand in Durham with both needing a win to confirm a spot in the semi-finals. It will be predicted that this will be a tough ask for the Kiwis against this strong England cricket team who should pick up another thrilling win over New Zealand.
 

England Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid
New Zealand Probable XI: Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult


Squads: 
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Tim Southee
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, James Vince, Liam Dawson


Live streaming details:
Date and Day: July 3, 2019, Wednesday.
Place: The Riverside Durham, Chester-le-Street
Time: 3:00 pm IST, 10:00 am local time
The World Cup 2019 England vs New Zealand match live streaming will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 with English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD with Hindi Commentary. The live streaming of the World Cup 2019 England vs New Zealand will be available on Hotstar.