England will look to continue with their solid showing when they take on New Zealand in the second ODI of their series at The Oval. The England v New Zealand 2nd ODI betting tips can be found below.
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England came close to giving New Zealand a scare in the second ODI before going down by 13 runs. Chasing 399 for a win, England seemed to have gotten themselves into a position of great strength, at 259 for four from 32 overs. Eoin Morgan, who top-scored with 88 – as we had predicted too – got out at that stage and left the side a tad vulnerable. Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid could have still seen them through had it not been for a late bout of rain which left them 13 short.
Earlier, New Zealand seemed to have come back in a hurry. If England piled on more than 400 in the first ODI, it was New Zealand’s chance to get going in this one, hammering 398 from their 50 overs. Brendon McCullum fired them up, Kane Williamson nearly hit a ton before Ross Taylor smashed his first 100 in a long time.
Story so far:
England shocked the world in their first ODI against New Zealand, first by winning a game which most expected them to lose and second with the way in which they won. It was the first time England had scored over 400 in a One Day International, and has transformed both the confidence of the team and the expectations placed upon them.
Amid the justified praise for Jos Buttler, there was an astounding performance from another of England’s batsmen – Joe Root. Like Buttler, Root also scored a century at over one run a ball, but also built the base from which England could afford to lose Sam Billings and Ben Stokes cheaply and yet still recover with Buttler and Rashid.
His versatility in being capable in both attack and defence could also prove vital against a Kiwi side sure to be smarting from defeat. Rashid’s performance with both bat and ball makes one think that given the chance, he could become as important to the lower order and bowling as Root is at the top.
For the New Zealanders, it’s fairly clear that their a different proposition when Brendon McCullum fires – opposition bowlers retreat into their shells, their other batsmen can eschew risks and build their innings before exploding into action. The use of a pinch-hitter to take the scoring pressure off the other batsmen dates back to the 1990s, but few do it better than McCullum.
However bowling is what’s important for New Zealand – if they’re chasing anything below 300, the batsmen will be confident of getting there with time to spare. As such, it’s Trent Boult, who dismissed four of England’s top five at Edgbaston, who will prove key at The Oval. Get wickets, and most importantly Root and Eoin Morgan early and life will be far more difficult for the likes of Buttler.
Players to watch out:
Jos Buttler (England):
Going into the second game at The Oval, it’s extremely tempting to say that after his incredible innings of 129 off 77 balls, Jos Buttler is the key man. He’s certainly a player unlike England have had in their side before and will be vital to England posting the kind of score which puts the Kiwis under the sort of pressure which saw their batting wilt on Tuesday.
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand):
He started off with a bang, hitting a couple of fours but Steven Finn had sweet revenge by getting him out in that very first over. McCullum likes to play aggressively but he would do well to realise he needs to bat at least 20 overs. Batting the manner in which he has been doing, attempting to hit every ball to the fence from ball one is bordering on foolhardy than aggressive.
England v New Zealand ODIs head to head:
New Zealand have won 39 and lost 34 of the ODIs against England, but at The Oval they are 1-2 on head to head. The last time these two teams played at this venue was in 2008 and New Zealand chased down 246 with a wicket to spare and off the last ball.
England v New Zealand 2nd ODI betting tips:
New Zealand to win: 8/11 (bet365)
Eoin Morgan to be England’s top batsman: 5/1 (bet365)
Brendon McCullum to be New Zealand’s top batsman: 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Match starts at 1 pm local time (1200 hours GMT) on June 12.