New Zealand vs England: Second ODI Preview

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England look to force a way back into their ODI series in New Zealand when they take on the Black Caps in the second One-Day International at Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.

In a thrilling first match in Hamilton, Eoin Morgan’s men took the game right to the wire but some stunning late hitting from Mitchell Santner sealed a tight victory for New Zealand, who have such a formidable record at home in ODI’s. It was also their tenth win in a row in this format of the game.

With that in mind, England will have to produce some special performances from now on to turn this series around, yet there were signs in Hamilton that such a task could be achieved. They recovered well from the early loss of Jonny Bairstow and got themselves into a position from which a big score was possible. However, New Zealand’s masterful bowling prevented that.

Second ODI Preview: England vs New Zealand

Still, a score of 284 was good and three early wickets during the Black Caps’ reply made it look even better. Yet, Morgan and his side will look at the mammoth 178-run partnership between Ross Taylor and Tom Latham as where the game slipped away. Taylor, in particular, played masterfully and made England’s attack look lacklustre in the middle overs.

Nevertheless, England still found a way back into the match and when their opponents needed 70 with only four wickets left, the game looked theirs to lose. But weak execution of plans and particularly yorkers cost England badly as Santner teed off. Chris Woakes, who bowled the last over, was unlucky when his first ball was inside-edged for four but, as the next ball sailed into the crowd, you would have been forgiven to think that wide yorkers would have been a better option.

And so, with New Zealand 1-0 up, both teams head further north to Mount Maunganui to continue what is shaping up to be a fascinating one-day series. If the 2015 series in England is anything to go by, we should be in for a treat.

Watch Out For:

Martin Guptill

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On his day, you will rarely see a cleaner striker of a cricket ball in the modern game than Guptill. Given his ODI record and his stunning recent T20 form, it was a shock that an IPL contract did not come his way. Still, he is a real danger to England in this series, who managed to dismiss him early in Hamilton thanks to a loose shot.

When he gets in, however, Guptill likes to go big and should such a scenario come about, the 31-year-old could take the game away from England on his own. His form could be a key factor in determining the second ODI and the rest of the series.

Adil Rashid

England will feel that they let New Zealand off the hook in Hamilton. After reducing the home side to 27-3, England failed to capitalise on such a good position. That was partly due to a lack of penetration in the middle overs and Rashid is pivotal to making sure England take wickets during that period.

Perhaps he was used too late also when pace seemed the better option but England will need Rashid to offer a better wicket-taking threat for the rest of the series. And given his controversial decision to play white-ball cricket only from now on, he will be wanting to prove to many that it is the right decision.

Likely XI’s

New Zealand:

  1. Martin Guptill
  2. Colin Munro
  3. Kane Williamson (c)
  4. Ross Taylor
  5. Tom Latham (wk)
  6. Henry Nicholls
  7. Colin de Grandhomme
  8. Mitchell Santner
  9. Tim Southee
  10. Ish Sodhi
  11. Trent Boult

England:

  1. Jason Roy
  2. Jonny Bairstow
  3. Joe Root
  4. Eoin Morgan (c)
  5. Ben Stokes
  6. Jos Buttler (wk)
  7. Moeen Ali
  8. Chris Woakes
  9. David Willey
  10. Adil Rashid
  11. Tom Curran

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