Group A: England v New Zealand at Cardiff
Tuesday Jun 6, 2017 – 19:30 AEST
|Winner||New Zealand ($2.75)|
|Top Batsman England||Eoin Morgan ($5.50)|
|Top Batsman New Zealand||Martin Guptill ($3.75)|
|Top Bowler England||Mark Wood ($4.50)|
|Top Bowler New Zealand||Adam Milne ($5.00)|
New Zealand would have been bitterly disappointed at having the rain snatch away points after they had Australia on the mat. That no-result and shared points have left them in a situation where they cannot afford any further slip up in the tournament.
The Kiwis are going to go up against the hosts England, who are the favorites coming into the tournament. They started off with a confident win against Bangladesh, chasing down 300 with absolute ease and will be very pleased with the form their batsmen are displaying.
New Zealand showed that their seam attack is potent and can put the opposition batsmen on the mat especially if they have a large total to defend. Skipper Kane Williamson scored a century and never looked for a moment in any trouble against arguably the best seam attack in the world.
This group has been thrown wide open thanks to the rained out match and in a tournament where there are no easy matches, the Wolf thinks this is going to be the toughest game to be played so far.
Players To Watch Out For
Alex Hales scored a 95 in the first match, Root scored an unbeaten 133* and Morgan an unbeaten 75*. The only man to miss out was Jason Roy. The Wolf thinks he may be drinking at the last chance saloon because Johnny Bairstow is breathing down his neck and making his exclusion next to impossible.
Among the batsman, the Wolf is backing Morgan to continue his good form and be the top batsman for England. His 75 not out in the last match was his third score of 75 or more in the last five matches. Form is a wonderful thing and right now Morgan is red hot.
The bowling for England is a bit of a worry. Ben Stokes is not bowling, Woakes is out injured and even Bangladesh (no disrespect) flogged the rest of the attack in the last match. Liam Plunkett took 4 wickets in the last match and stood out from the rest. The Wolf is, however, backing Mark Wood to come good this time and be the top bowler for England in this match.
New Zealand is blessed to have two of the best ODI batsmen in the world in their side and in top form. Martin Guptill looked brilliant before getting out and Kane Williamson just scored a century like it was nothing.
With the glimpses of form that Guptill showed, he is the Wolf’s pick to be the top batsman for the Kiwis in this match. With an average of 70.55 against England and 2 centuries to his name, including a massive 189*, Martin Guptill loves batting against England. The hosts better beware.
In the short amount of play possible, Adam Milne showed why he is regarded as a special talent around the world. Bowling at speeds of close 145 km per hour, he got movement of the pitch and made batting against him a nightmare. A career average of 21.57 and 34 wickets from 35 matches so far means he is always going to be threat. He is the Wolf’s pick to be the top bowler.
Pitch and Conditions
The third ground to be used in this tournament, Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, is the venue for this match and all three previous matches have seen scores of above 300 being made batting first. The Wolf fully expects this to be another high-scoring match with a score of 330 being par for the course.
The Weather is expected to be cloudy with a chance of showers.
The Wolf is going with New Zealand to win this match and cause an upset.
With the form that Morgan is in, this bet as near a sure-shot as you will get.
Value Bet: Man of the Match: Martin Guptill ($11.00)
Fantastic value for a man in form and capable of destroying attacks single-handedly.