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England vs New Zealand 2015: 5th ODI Preview, Teams, Predictions

The ODI format has changed drastically over the last few years. Run scoring has never been this easy and it looks more and more like the game does not like the bowlers. Huge scores are piled up in every game and what is great to see is that the huge targets are chased down comfortably. Here, we bring you the preview, prediction and other details of the 5th ODI between England and New Zealand.

England vs New Zealand 2015 5th ODI Preview, Teams, Predictions

This series between the NZ and England has already seen a score of 400 and a successful chase of a target around 350 in less than 45 over’s. Both the teams are equally strong and have produced great quality of cricket.

Match Details

The 5th and the final match of the ODI series between the two teams will be played on the 20th of June at the Chester-le-street in Durham. The forecast for the game is very good for cricket with almost no chances of rain.

The pitch at Durham is traditionally testing for the batsman. The ball nips around and makes it hard to score runs at a huge rate. This game might bring more balance between the ball and the bat.

Preview

The series is closely poised at 2-2 after England pulled out a comfortable chase of 350 runs. They never fluttered in the chase and reached home with still 6 over’s to spare. This will give them great confidence after having lost two games on the trot to the touring team.

They had to win in the game at the Bridge and would have been frustrated for giving away close to 350 runs. But they played sensibly with a huge partnership in the middle between the skipper and Joe Root. Both the batsmen scored their centuries In quick time and gave England a lot of confidence for the 5th game at the Chester-le-street.

The New Zealand team on the other hand will still be high on confidence after they beat England two games in a row. They will not want to look back at the game at Bridge as they were outplayed in the game on the whole.

The Black Caps would want to bounce back and produce a good performance in the 5th ODI and win the series. So with the series at stake, the 5th ODI of this exciting series becomes even more exciting.

Expected Lineups

England

Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rasheed, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Mark Wood

New Zealand

Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliot, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Mitchell Santner, Southee, Ben Wheeler.

The closely fought ODI series has a fitting end to it with the series poised at 2-2. Both teams have an equal chance of winning the game and the series. The quality of cricket played by both teams has ben extra ordinary.

However, England will be confident going into this game after a huge run chase in the previous game. They will want their batsman to bring the form of the previous game into this game and run away with the series. Unless New Zealand are able to unsettle the English team, they may well end up victorious at the end of the game.

The amount of runs scored in this 5 match series is right up there in the record books. The quality and commitment shown by the players on the ground has been great to watch. Two closely matched teams have given us a very good Test and a ODI series so far. Let’s hope the final match of the series is the most exciting match yet.

Predictions

As per Sports Mirchi predictions England will be favorites to win and they have 55 percent winning chances over Kiwis.

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