The Black caps have shown great character in the test series and leveled it 1-1. They did not start the ODI series brightly losing by a huge margin. But they have hit back hard at the English team in the next two ODI’s. The second ODI was a close affair but the third game was a simple win for the tourists.
With the home team trailing the series by 2-1, they will want to give everything they have to push the series into the final game.
The 4th ODI between the two teams will be played on Wednesday, the 17th of June. It is a day night game and will start at 2 pm local time. It will be played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The pitch at the Bridge has always been helpful to the bowlers under lights but is a flat track and plenty of runs can be expected.
The weather for the 4th ODI at Nottingham is good for a game of cricket. But heavy winds are reported which might bring in a few showers as the day goes on.
The biggest problem for England has been the injuries to key bowlers Plunkett and Jordan in the 2nd ODI. Their lack of firepower showed in the 3rd game which NZ won comfortably.
On the other hand, The NZ team has a settled look with Taylor and Williamson providing stability in the middle. Their bowling line up which missed Boult in the last game did no seem too weak as they bundled England out to a mediocre (in relation to the scores in the series) score of just more than 300.
Morgan the England skipper said that he was happy that the team has the ability to score around 350 runs in every game. He said they were unlucky in the 2nd game and that they were missing runs on the board in the 3rd.
Injuries to several players in both teams meant neither of the teams could play their best 11.
Eoin Morgan (capt), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Overton, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey.
Injuries to Jordan and Plunkett gives a chance for the Overton brothers to play together but England might not pick both of them for the 4th ODI
Brendon McCullum (capt), Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson
Southee may well play in place of Matt Henry who has failed to impress so far in the series. The NZ team will be quietly confident of their game going into the fourth ODI. They have had their problems but have been able to overcome those problems and play as a team and find success.
On the other hand, England have been good on the field but not good enough for the World Cup runners up. The last defeat to NZ in a simple manner may just stir them up.
If England are able to produce something like they did in the 1st ODI, they have a chance at leveling the series. Otherwise, NZ look like they will run away the series with a match to spare.
With NZ already 2-1 up in the series, the England team will have to give their best against a NZ team that have bought their World Cup form with them to England. England have their work cut out and will need an all round performance to get over the line in Nottingham. The potential in both teams and the stakes on line make this game an exciting one.
As per Sports Mirchi predictions England should win this match though Kiwis are favorite. We give England 53 percent winning chances.