Sunday, June 16, 2013

England vs New Zealand - Big Match!

England vs New Zealand 

England vs New Zealand is certainly the biggest match for the fans down there in England and New Zealand. Reason? This is a must win match for both the teams to secure a berth in the semi finals. Group B relaxes out there with India and South Africa already in the semis while Group A is still wide open. Indian fans enjoyed their match against Pakistan yesterday and they can enjoy today's match live TV telecast on Star Cricket and Star Sports 2.

England was doing so well until they saw Srilanka pulling a rabbit out of their hats and beating England. After positing 294 runs on board, it seemed to be an easy win for England in those tough batting conditions. But Sangakkara had something else in his mind. Sangakkara smashed a big century and had good support from Dilshan and Jayawardene. Kulasekara who was sent for pinch hitting just turned the whole course of the match. England bowlers were heavily criticised for not bowling yorkers and in the end all they saw was a defeat. Now England has to win against New Zealand today to make sure they reach the semi finals.

Alastair Cook, J Trott, Ian Bell and the other top order batsmen need to score big runs today. Ravi Bopara is doing an exceptional job with the bat as he scored vital quick runs in the death overs. The strong Bresnan can also hit some mighty blows out of the boundary.

James Anderson is their frontline pace bowler who is not only taking wickets but also bowling economically well. Stuart Broad is lacking wickets and leaking away lot of runs. Bresnan is good in patches. Swann needs to pick more wickets.

New Zealand have had a good bowling experience thanks to some exceptionally well bowling figures from McClenaghan. He has clinched eight wickets in two matches. He can get good support from Mills. Experienced Vettori adds a lot of quality and value to New Zealand bowling department. Nathan McCullum comes in handy with his bowling as well as batting.

Some big batting names in the New Zealand batting line up haven't impressed yet. Guptill who scored loads of runs against England in the ODI series is lacking his good touch. Even Ross Taylor looks out of sorts. Skipper McCullum has to play his natural game to return to his golden form.

England looks favourites here due to the home advantage but the early hours may give seamers a lot of help. So whoever bowls first may have bigger advantage but batting second in rain interruptions with the Duckworth Lewis targets changing all over the place; it would be tricky to win the toss and decide something.

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