England overcame the Bangladesh scare in the opening game of the tournament but worries for England haven’t been over as Chris woakes was ruled out from the tournament due to injury. They would be happy to see Alex Hales, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan back in good touch. A win in the match against New Zealand will see them off to semi finals but showers are predicted to be a match spoiler. New Zealand had a upper hand on the Australian in the first match before it was rain washed. It must be frustrating for Kane Williamson and co. as to overcome the Aussies doesn’t happen easily. When the two sides met last time in 2015, the series was a record breaking run scoring series. A fine weather is the main essential thing to be prayed for the completion of the match.
What: England vs New Zealand, champions trophy, 6th June, 15:00 IST
Where: Cardiff, Wales
What to expect: Cardiff ground has short straight boundaries so bowlers will try to bowl short balls more. A little shower is expected which can hamper the game. Team winning the toss will choose to bowl first.
New Zealand: LWWWL
England: Steven Finn could straight come in place of Chris woakes. Adil Rashid inclusion is in doubt a England opts for a single spinner in this short straight boundary ground. Struggling Jake Ball could make a way for David Willey.
Probable XI: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Liam Plunkett, 9 David Willey/Jake Ball, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Mark Wood
New Zealand: they are likely to name an unchanged playing XI and would trust Neil Broom to play at number 5 spot. Jeeten Patel might be excluded in playing XI.
Probable XI: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Luke Ronchi (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Neil Broom, 6 James Neesham 7 Corey Anderson, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Adam Milne, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Trent Boult
Players in the Spotlight:
Jason Roy: Jason Roy form is a worry for England team but Eoin Morgan have trusted his opener and restored faith in him. He would like to pay all his debts by playing a match winning knock.
Luke Ronchi: he looked a replica of Brendon McCullum in the first match and would like to continue his good form against England too. His onslaught at the very beginning might work in the favor of New Zealand.
Match Prediction: New Zealand are the firm favorite to win the match but it would be tough to overcome England’s form.