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England v New Zealand, ICC CT 2017, Cardiff

New Zealand face must-win match against England

Cardiff: After a wash-out in their opening match of the tournament against Australia, New Zealand face England in Cardiff knowing that a defeat would put their hopes of qualification for the semifinals in real doubt.

Head-2-Head in ODIs:
New Zealand leads the overall head-to-head against England 41 to 36, with two matches tied and four with no result. England, though, has won the majority of the games at home, 15 to 12. In terms of Champions Trophies, both teams are tied at 1-1 in their head-to-head.

Previous Champions Trophy encounters:

  1. Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, June 16, 2013
    England won by 10 runs
  2. New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, September 29, 2009
    New Zealand won by four wickets

Key players for each side:

After a disappointing 2015 World Cup, England put together a refreshed side. Since then, the team has been largely successful, especially in home conditions. One of the primary reasons for this is the balance it has found as a team. Chris Woakes may not be well known as an all-rounder. But, his batting stints and wonderful bowling performances recently have helped England’s case immensely. New Zealand will have to watch out for Woakes during both innings, since he has the ability to turn the game around with both bat and ball.

New Zealand’s batting line-up consists of many renowned batsmen. In the recent past, one of the most dynamic of them has been Martin Guptill. On his day, Guptill’s batting can blow away any opposition – think his double-century during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. With his range of shots and immense power, he can definitely put England’s bowlers under pressure.

Teams from:

England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (Capt.), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Steven Finn, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, David Willey

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi (wk), Kane Williamson (Capt.), Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, James Neesham, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jeetan Patel

Stats and trivia

  • Martin Guptill averages 70.55 against England with a strike-rate of 98.14. His highest score against England is 189*.
  • Tim Southee has 31 wickets against England at an average of 22.06, which is the most amongst the current squad.
  • England’s highest score against New Zealand is 408, which made in Birmingham in 2015 was its highest ever in the format until it made 444 against Pakistan in August 2016.

Best at Champions Trophy:
England: Runners-up 2004 and 2013
New Zealand: Winners 2000

Match facts
Tuesday June 6, 2017
Start time 10.30am local (0930 GMT)

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