The batting woes of England continue as they try to stay afloat in the 4th T20I against New Zealand. They made a great start to the T20I series by brushing aside the Kiwi challenge easily in the first T20I at Christchurch. James Vince played a knock of 59 runs to take England across the line. Even in 2nd and 3rd matches played at Wellington and Napier England got the chance to chase down the set target. Unlike the first time, they failed to capitalize and went down 1-2 in the series. Eoin Morgan and company needed just 41 from 31 balls at Saxton Oval with 8 wickets in hand but the visitors lost by 14 runs. The 4th match will be played at Napier and England will have a job cut out sorting the batting woes. Black Caps have peaked at the right moment though.
England team preparations
Johnny Bairstow was not a part of the British team in the last game but he might be back in the side in place of James Vince. This is happening due to the rotation policy adopted by England for their side. Chris Jordan may be considered for the playing eleven as he has been the most economical bowler of the series. Tom Banton looked impressive while making a debut as scored 18 from 10 balls. He will be looking for a more significant role for himself so that he may score bigger. Another positive to have come out from the 3 games played so far in the series is Dawid Malan who picked up the pace as the series went on to put up some decent scores. He was the standout performer for England.
New Zealand team preparations
New Zealand will miss Lockie Ferguson in the remaining 2 matches of the T20I series. Trent Boult will replace this speedster. The New Zealand batting lineup has put up a collective effort during the ongoing series. The lead batsman for them has been Colin Grandhomme who has scored 102 runs. The Kiwi bowling has been pretty good as well apart from Ish Sodhi who was the disappointment. His spinning partner Mitchell Santner is the top wicket-taker for New Zealand during the series with 7 wickets. Colin Munro who is capable of taking any bowling attack to the cleaners has been inconsistent in the series.
Everyone will be wary of placing the bets on England at the moment because they are not playing their best team for the series. If it continues to be the trend you might want to go with New Zealand. But if they do play their best side I will go with England for this match.
England, New Zealand.
The Venue, Match Timing, and TV & Live Streaming
Venue: McLean Park, Napier.
Timing: Friday, November 08, 2019, 10.30 AM.
TV: Star Sports.
Live Streaming: Hotstar.