New Zealand v England 4th ODI Tips, Predictions and Preview - Kiwis bid to seal series

Colin de Grandhomme of New Zealand (PA Images)

England’s experimentation with youth meant New Zealand had that tiny edge in the third T20I and they will have to find a way to claw their way back and level the series in Napier on Friday.

The inexperience of the visitors played to the hosts’ advantage, who took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

New Zealand


New Zealand are without two of their regulars and were helped by England’s profligacy through the series. However, take nothing away from the fact that the Kiwis continue to find performances from different individuals. Be it Colin de Grandhomme (102 runs, SR 167.21) or Ross Taylor (99 runs), New Zealand have found runs when they wanted.

Mitchell Santner with his seven wickets has been the star bowler for the Kiwis. There hasn’t been much from the others, with everyone else chipping around him.

England


England’s prime objective of testing their bench strength came to the fore this series. Regular names were rested and new players were given a chance to stake their claim. James Vince (109 runs, SR 134.57) and Dawid Malan (105 runs, SR 138.16) have done well, but England need more to push for a win.

Sam Curran (four wickets, ER 7.00) and Tom Curran (two wickets, ER 6.75) have been economical at the start of the innings. What England need is a bit more incision in the middle overs to keep the Kiwi hard-hitters at bay. 

Match Up


New Zealand were lucky to have been afforded the leeway in both the matches. Thankfully for the home fans, their team was able to take the best advantage of the situations. England would be happy to try the youngsters out, although staying alive in the series would be paramount. Expect improvements from the visitors as they target a win. The nature of matches have been tight and close, which means another tight result could be on the cards.

History & Statistics


  • New Zealand won the only T20I played at this venue.
  • New Zealand have lost nine of their last 16 T20Is.
  • Ten of New Zealand’s last 13 home T20Is were won by the team batting first.
  • Nine of the last 12 T20I H2Hs were won by the team batting first.
  • England have won six of their last eight T20Is away from home.
  • England have won nine of their last 13 T20Is.

Key Players


The edge that de Grandhomme gives in the middle-order for the Kiwis has been translating into runs since the Sri Lankan series. His hard-hitting makes him a threat and coming up the order amplifies that.

Dawid Malan is battling a strange situation. He has been among the runs, but will have to do much more than that. For now though, he is striking well and scoring runs at a healthy rate.

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