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WC 2019: Match 41 (Eng vs NZ): England Needs To Win To Reach The Semi-finals
By CricShots - Jul 3, 2019 1:09 am
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ICC World Cup 2019 hosts England will be playing their last league match in which they will be locking horns with New Zealand in what is an important game for both the nations given their current position in the league table as part of the World Cup 2019.

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New Zealand team

Both the teams have started the tournament in promising fashion but have stumbled off late with ten and eleven points respectively with one game remaining. With Pakistan also has an outside chance, both teams would be desperate to stave away from the challenge with a win as they look to progress into the semi-finals in the process.

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With the Riverside Ground playing host to the match, another high-scoring encounter can be expected with big names such as Kane Williamson, Joe Root and Ross Taylor taking to the field on Wednesday. Here are some of the predictions for the game:

England

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England defeated South Africa in the tournament opener

With the pitch in Durham not supportive for the spinners, England should field an unchanged side with Liam Plunkett justifying his selection as he scalped 3 wickets against India. The opening duo of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have been exceptional while Joe Root and Ben Stokes have performed brilliantly with 476 and 370 runs respectively. Mark Wood’s raw pace has also been troubling a lot of oppositions. 

Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, and Mar k Wood.

New Zealand

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New Zealand team will be lethal for England

After making his World Cup debut against Australia on Saturday, Ish Sodhi could make way for Matt Henry given the nature of the pitch with the rest of the side remains unchanged. Martin Guptill and Tom Latham’s rough phase has to go away so that Williamson and Taylor face less pressure. Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult have been New Zealand’s go-to men in the bowling department with 17 an 13 wickets respectively.

Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(C), Ros Taylor, Tom Latham(WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, and Lockie Ferguson.

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Fantasy XI Prediction

Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson (c), Joe Root(vc), Martin Guptill, Ben Stokes, Jimmy Neesham, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett.