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Teams look to seize initiative in Cardiff - England v New Zealand - Match Preview

A win will help the team closer to semi-final qualification
A win will help the team closer to semi-final qualification
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Match details:

6th Match, Group A - England v New Zealand, Cardiff
6th June, 09:30 GMT | 15:00 IST

New Zealand will take on host England in what will be an intriguing Champions Trophy encounter in Cardiff on Tuesday with weather permitting.

A century from Kane Williamson and a fluent 65 from Luke Ronchi set the tone for their innings against Australia as they went on to post 291 runs in 45 overs. Making full use of the conditions, Adam Milne and Trent Boult restricted Australia to 53 for three in the chase before rain arrived and led the game to abandonment. Ross Taylor struggled to shift gears while Neil Broom, James Neesham and Corey Anderson all had failures in the first game, creating some concern on the performance of middle order.For the latest odds and in play action look out for the special Bet Bright offers.

England on the other hand are in a much better position having gained some momentum with their win over Bangladesh. They will without doubt miss the services of Chris Woakes, who is out of the tournament with a calf strain and the bowling were put under pressure in the opening game where all their fast bowlers (except Woakes, who bowled just two overs) had an economy rate of over 5.50 with Jake Ball conceding 82 runs in the 10 overs.

They will be tempted to draft an additional spinner in Adil Rashid and they will take a lot of confidence from the performance of Alex Hales, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan with the bat in the game against Bangladesh. Despite a string of failures, Jason Roy has received the backing from skipper Morgan and is likely to get another chance over an in-form Jonny Bairstow.

There will be a lot of focus on the weather too with rain predicted once again that might force the teams to bowl first on winning the toss.

Scenarios Explained:

For England - A win here will confirm them a place in the semi-final as the maximum points New Zealand can reach is three, assuming they win against Bangladesh, which will be still one less than what England would have achieved. A defeat on Tuesday will mean England will have to battle it out with Australia on what will be a knock-out encounter.

For New Zealand - They control their own fate as a win here will take them to three points and considering they are set to play Bangladesh in their last game, they will be favourites to qualify. A defeat will also will keep them in contention, if they outplay Bangladesh and England manage to beat Australia in the final round. That will make England go through with six points while New Zealand will have three, leaving Australia with two points.

Head to Head record:

Overall, both the teams have played 83 games between them with England winning 36 and New Zealand emerging victorious on 41 occasions. In the Champions Trophy, they have met each other twice with both the teams winning a game apiece.

Probable Team:

England: 1. Jason Roy, 2. Alex Hales, 3. Joe Root, 4. Eoin Morgan (captain), 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Jos Buttler (wk), 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Liam Plunkett, 9. Jake Ball / Adil Rashid, 10. David Willey, 11. Mark Wood

New Zealand: 1. Martin Guptill, 2. Luke Ronchi (wk), 3. Kane Williamson (captain), 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Neil Broom, 6. James Neesham, 7. Corey Anderson, 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Trent Boult, 11. Adam Milne.

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