Sophia Gardens, Cardiff will host the 6th Match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in the Group-A where the hosts English will take a head-on with the Kiwis. England have already made a banging start with a huge 8 wicket victory over the Asian Tigers Bangladesh in the very first match of the this ongoing tournament, whereas the New Zealand side had to reach to a compromise with the overcast conditions in the Edgbaston, Birmingham where they shared 1-1 points each with the Kangaroos.
England might be loosing hold a firm grip on the papers as they lost in their previous match at the Sophia Gardens to Pakistan in September 2016 by 4 wickets. But as opposite to the virtue of the dossiers, the English players are in a great form and are completely fit for their next matches. Morgan, Buttler, Root & Stokes are not only firing runs from their bats and buliding match-winning base partnerships from the very front and start of the game, these players are also on the list of top scorers on this venue.
The Kiwis are already under huge pressure since their first match was washed away by the rains and was eventually abandoned and called-off. They need to win this match at any cost for if they wish to continue in this tournament further and book themselves a berth for the Semis.
Captain Kane Williamson showed a truly class performance by hitting a ton in the previous match with a splendid mix of 8 boundaries and 3 maximums on the stadium. The batting line-ups of the Kiwis showed rays of hope as opener Luke Ronchi also boasted of an innings of 65 runs, Ross Taylor too came handy with the bat. But the worrying point for the Kiwi would be that their 5 players couldn’t even reach to a double digit figure.
Kane Williamson (c), Luke Ronchi (wk), Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Neil Broom, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Corey Anderson, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner
Kiwis should try their hands on the fortunes of the substitute Mitchell McClenaghan
Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jake Ball, Mark Wood
England are carrying themselves on a winning start and should not change their squad from that of previous one.
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