Wednesday’s match would witness England and New Zealand heading for their final World Cup group match at The Riverside Durham. Each team would try their level best to win the match in order to secure a place in the semi-finals. Even a defeat won’t bring an end to either team’s opportunity of appearing as one of the top four from the 10-team round -robin phase.
On 3rd July, England would be locking horns with New Zealand at The Riverside Durham, Chester-le-Street.
If England lose this match against the Black Caps in Chester-le-Street, Pakistan would be able to bounce England into the top four with victory over Bangladesh. Taking that fact into account that they play each other in their final pool match, Bangladesh still have to face India or Pakistan can draw level with New Zealand in the event the Kiwis lose their match against England on Wednesday.
With both Asian teams very well behind on net-run rate, it would take a big New Zealand loss to be very similar to a commanding victory of Pakistan or two wins of Bangladesh by a huge margin, only then New Zealand would be denied a place in the last four.
But presently, England and New Zealand’s World Cup destiny is in their hands.
England defeated the previously unbeaten India by 21 runs. Sunday’s success of England witnessed England coming back to form after facing back-to-back defeats in the hands of Sri Lanka and Australia. On the other hand, New Zealand would be heading into the match after successive losses to Pakistan and Australia that have taken a toll on their promising campaign. New Zealand might be recalling their pace man Matt Henry at the expense of spinner Ish Sodhi, given the Riverside is not famous for turning pitches.
While several England batsmen have made hundreds at the World Cup, New Zealand seems to be dangerously over-reliant on Captain Kane Williamson and fellow senior batsman Ross Taylor for runs.