After a run-fest in the first two games of the series, England and New Zealand will play in the third match at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Sunday. Latest England v New Zealand 3rd ODI betting tips towards the end of this article.
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New Zealand have taken a 2-1 lead in the series thanks to a second century in a row from Ross Taylor and a superb century off the blade of Kane Williamson saw them through to a three-wicket win in the second ODI. They won with an over to spare, as predicted that the team batting second will take the match today. It was one of those days when we got all our predictions right – the Kiwi win, Williamson and Morgan top-score!
Earlier, England were bowled out for 302 with Tim Southee and Ben Wheeler picking up three wickets. There were fifties for Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes, with Morgan top-scoring for England as predicted! New Zealand will start favourites to chase this down given the batting strength they possess and the easy nature of the pitch.
Story so far:
Honours are even, and after a thrilling second ODI the world is watching this fascinating series between England and New Zealand.
With both sides playing at the absolute limit of their ability it’s pretty much impossible to predict what will happen – one good spell, one good innings, could win the game for either side.
So the question about who could turn the game in Southampton is less one of statistics and more one of gut instinct. Who will step up, and who will fall apart?
On the England side one has a feeling that it could be Adil Rashid who holds the key either way. The Ageas Bowl is by no means a traditional spinners’ wicket and with slightly small boundaries Rashid could go for big runs.
Yet despite not taking a wicket at The Oval, he did acquit himself admirably – going at below the overall innings run-rate. If Rashid bowls well, he could tie the Kiwi middle order down just enough to restrict them to a score that even in defeat in London, England will know they can chase.
The Yorkshireman’s batting could also prove vital – we’ve already seen that this will be a series of high scores, and as such lower order contributions will be vital. Whether it’s scoring a quick 50 to boost England’s score or keeping momentum going in a run chase, Rashid’s contribution could prove vital.
For New Zealand the men to watch with bat and ball are evidently Ross Taylor and Trent Boult. However Kane Williamson also showed his maturity at The Oval in scoring 93, and as a man who has just missed out on a century he’ll undoubtedly be desperate to make amends and take advantage of his good form.
Let’s be honest – both sides are playing such high quality cricket that any one of 15 players could steal the show. However the hungry Williamson, in that key No. 3 role feels like a man who could be a deciding factor.
Whether we’re watching Root, McCullum, Boult, Rashid or Buttler, this should be an incredible game.
Players to watch out:
Adil Rashid (England):
In the two games he’s played so far, Rashid has been a standout all-rounder. He has had scores of 69 and 34 and picked up four wickets from them. His bowling has tied the Kiwis down and the New Zealand bowlers have found it difficult to control his strokeplay, especially on pitches that have been docile and without much help for the bowlers. Expect more of the same from him on another beauty of a pitch at the Rose Bowl.
Ross Taylor (New Zealand):
Taylor hasn’t been in the best of form but New Zealand persisted with him and that paid off immensely in the previous game. The Kiwi middle-order batsman smashed a century in the The Oval ODI, scoring 119 from 96 deliveries to push the side through to a score of nearly 400. Can he kick on from here?
England v New Zealand ODIs head to head:
New Zealand have a 40-34 win-loss record against England, with their only match against England at Southampton resulting in a win for the tourists in 2013. Martin Guptill’s 189 had propelled New Zealand to 359 in their match, while England were bowled out for 273 in reply.
England v New Zealand 3rd ODI betting tips:
Team batting second to win: New Zealand 3/4 (bet365) or England 6/5
Eoin Morgan to be England’s top batsman: 5/1 (bet365)
Kane Williamson to be New Zealand’s top batsman: 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Match starts at 10.30 am local time (0930 hours GMT) on June 14.