ENG vs NZ ICC World cup match
The end of World Cup 2019 is close and the complete list of teams that are going to the semifinals is not clear yet. Out of the 10 competing nations, Australia and India managed to qualify for the semifinals. The teams stand at the first and second positions in the ICC World Cup 2019 points table with 14 and 13 points. India is at the second position with 13 points and had played 8 games so far winning in 6 of them (one match abandoned due to rain). New Zealand and England are in third and fourth positions with 11 and 10 points respectively.
A victory in today’s game will qualify either of the teams to semis. Both the teams had a fantastic ride so far with New Zealand winning 5 games out of the 7 played (1 abandoned due to rain) and England winning 5 games out of 8 played. Both teams are equally strong and possess talented players.
England had lost 3 games out of 8 and is 2 points short of qualifying for the semifinals. The team won its previous match against India which is one of the strongest team currently. England team has extraordinary players like Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Butler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, etc. The team’s extraordinary batting lineup had helped it score more than 300 runs in most of the matches that it had batted first.
England loses 80% chance to enter the semifinals if it loses to New Zealand today. It still holds a chance if Pakistan loses to Bangladesh which is impossible to predict given both teams’ performances in the tournament. That puts England in a situation where it must win against New Zealand. England’s performance in the match against India displayed their skills in totality when winning is a must. Their confidence, motivation, and execution were unmatched, and it can be predicted that the same will be observed today.
New Zealand too had played 7 out of 8 games and won in 5 of them (1 match abandoned due to rain). The team displayed excellent skill along the way and is one of the best in the tournament. New Zealand has 11 points currently and still has one match to play. The team still holds a chance to enter the semis even if it loses to England if Pakistan loses to Bangladesh on Friday. But, if Pakistan team wins the match against Bangladesh with a massive difference and earns a Net Run rate higher than that of New Zealand, that would rule New Zealand out of the tournament. It is a Do-or-Die Situation for the New Zealand team too which motivates the team to perform better than ever.
The must-win circumstance puts the teams in a cutthroat battle which can be expected to be highly entertaining along with being intense. So, don’t miss today’s match between England and New Zealand scheduled to take place from 09:30 AM GMT, at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.