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17-Feb-2018 11:56:00 GMT
NZ v Eng, 6th match, Hamilton

New Zealand, England in fight for spot in final

Hamilton: England take on New Zealand in a do-or-die clash in the sixth Twenty20 International of the triangular series at Seddon Park, Hamilton on Sunday.

Australia's record run-chase in their last league match against New Zealand on Friday meant England still have a chance to make it to the final, but only if they beat New Zealand by a handsome margin. The home side, with two points from one win, hold the edge with a better net run rate.

New Zealand's top order of Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Kane Williamson has been in brilliant form, providing the team a strong foundation.

In the middle order, they have young talents in Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert, the wicket-keeper batsman, the experience of Ross Taylor and an all-rounder in Colin de Grandhomme.

In the bowling department, there are some issues to address, especially following their defeat to Australia in the previous game, where Aussies chased down a record 244-run target.

England, who are yet to register a win, will be boosted by the return of Eoin Morgan, their limited-overs captain, who was out of action with a groin injury.

They have hard-hitting batsmen in Alex Hales, Jason Roy and Dawid Malan at the top of the order, followed by Morgan, Jos Buttler and Sam Billings in the middle, who all have the potential to milk runs, provide depth and reliability.

Liam Plunkett has been ruled out of the remainder of the series after the recurrence of a hamstring strain, but that won't worry England much, as they have David Willey, Tom Curran, Mark Wood and Chris Jordan to cover up the loss.

Teams from

New Zealand:
Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Mark Chapman, Tim Seifert (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ben Wheeler, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Anaru Kitchen.

England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.

Pitch and conditions
The overcast conditions are expected on Sunday and the moving ball could pose a threat to the batsmen.

Stats and trivia

  • 45 runs needed by Alex Hales to complete 1500 T20I runs

Match facts
Sunday February 18, 2018
Start time 19:00 local (06:00 GMT)

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