The clash of the equals, the tour of New Zealand to England has been an epic battle with both teams evenly matched. They fought it out in the Test series which ended in a 1-1 draw. The ODI series was a treat to watch with average run rates in a game crossing the 7 run mark. It will now come down to the 1st and the only T20 match of the series between England and New Zealand.
It was feast to the eye watching cricket of that great quality and the series has shown the new way of playing the 50 over format. England ran away with a series victory and will want to continue that momentum into the T20 game between the two sides.
The only T20 scheduled in this tour will be played on Tuesday, the 23rd of June. The Old Trafford in Manchester will play host for this exciting game. It will be played under lights and will start at 6:30 pm BST.
The forecast for the day of the match is pretty clear with very less chances of rain taking any part in the proceedings. The strip at Manchester is usually well prepared to aid a game of cricket giving both departments of the game equal chances to shine.
This series is last chance for the English team to impress before the Ashes. They will want to prove their mettle over all the three formats and would want to send the touring team with another defeat. The coach’s words that the performances in the shorter formats of the game will give recognition in the longer format may not be true but a confidence booster before the Ashes will go a long way in giving them a result in the epic battle.
New Zealand, on the other hand would want to sign off the tour on a positive note and give their fans something to cheer. They will want to take confidence from the fact that that they have won 3 of the last 4 meetings between the two teams.
England has named a squad with 5 uncapped players and NZ will go with a more familiar squad in this game. Both teams would want a victory to have the final word in the tour.
Eoin Morgan (captain), Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey.
Brendon McCullum (captain), Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson.
The aggression shown by both teams in the ODI series is just a warm up to this game. The scores in this game can easily reach record territory with the way the teams have been playing. But for both teams it will be hard to churn out a result and out perform their counterpart.
England will start the game as firm favorites playing in home territory. They will want to impose their plan on the game and would want to be ahead of the NZ players on all times. They will have a clear edge playing at home and NZ will have to play really well to get anything from the game.
But a game of 20 over’s a side can turn in a span of 3 balls. It can provide entertainment till the very last ball to its viewers. This game of cricket promises to be one such game where the teams will be out to provide entertainment to the crowd who will have flocked to see them. Games like these are great advertisement for the sport.
England will be favorites to win tonight and as per Sports Mirchi predictions they have 54 percent winning chances over New Zealand.