In the first game host New Zealand won over the visitors by 3 wickets in the last over. In a very closely contested game New Zealand came out on top to go 1-0 up against England in five match ODI series. To continue their run, kiwis will be looking for their 10th consecutive ODI-win in upcoming 2nd game against England at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
England were careless as they didn’t manage to take New Zealand wickets. At the stage when kiwis lost their 7th-wicket in form of Ross Taylor, England were looking most likely to win. English batsmen played accordingly and maintained well score till the last. The first game was all about Santner’s all-round Heroics and Taylor’s batting brilliance. Taylor was awarded Player of the Match for his brilliant century.
Scorecard NZ vs ENG 1st ODI:
- England 284-8 (50.0) [Root 71(75) & Butler 79(65) and Santner 2-54 in 10.0] lost to
- New Zealand 287-7 (49.2) [Taylor 113(116) & Santner 45(27) and Stokes 2-43 in 8.0]
NZ vs ENG 2nd ODI
Pitch in the Bay Oval is supposed to be favorable for bowling side and will offer more bounce than in Hamilton. As a result, both teams will hold the extra pacers in their team. However, there might be odd shower in the evening even after a good clear rain prediction. The Bay Oval has hosted just 4 ODIs of which the last game was between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The Kiwis beat Lankans by 36 runs. But, Kiwis were defeated here by Pakistan in T20I last month.
New Zealand’s skipper Williamson is suffering with hamstring strain, therefore Kiwis will come out with Mark Chapman as new batsman onto the field and hope Southee will operate the captain-ship. England could bring his fast bowler Craig Overton for his ODI debut and also because he hope to give his side better bowling attack.
NZ vs ENG Likely Playing XI:
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Mark Chapman, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(wk), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee(c), Lockie Ferguson, and Trent Boult
England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Tom Curran, and Craig Overton
After winning confidently, New Zealand will look to go 2-0 for the 5-ODI series at Bay Oval Cricket Ground. The eye-catching opening contest has sharpen the thirst for rest of the 4 matches. The events of the first ODI rises hope for the promising encounter at wonderful Bay Oval. Both are the evenly cricket teams. Since, England has turn Australian pitches for victory in recent series by defeating 4-1 to Australia. So, Kiwis would take the proceeding series in a serious way.
Watch live streaming NZ vs ENG 2nd ODI on Hotstar.com (February 28, 2018 @2PM Local & 6:30 AM IST) While Television Broadcast will be made available on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1HD.