The Australia leg of this T20I tri-series is now over with the Kangaroos already having booked a place in the final of the tri-series, set to be played on February 21 in Auckland. And so it is left to New Zealand and England to fight it out among themselves for the second finalists’ spot. The two teams will meet each other in the 4th T20 match of the series on Tuesday (February 13), with the hope of registering their first win in the series.
Here we look at the predicted line-ups of both New Zealand and England for the 4th match of the T20I tri-series.
New Zealand Predicted 11 for 4th T20 of tri-series
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Seifert (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
New Zealand’s hard-hitting opening duo of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will be looking forward to home comforts and smaller boundaries in this match against England. While Guptill is now a T20 veteran, Munro is among the hardest hitters of the cricket ball on this planet.
Following Guptill and Munro will the calming and influential presence of captain Kane Williamson at the crucial Number 3 slot. With Tom Bruce being left out of the squad, veteran Ross Taylor will move up a position and bat at 4 for the Kiwis. Former Hong Kong international Mark Chapman is the man to have replaced Tom Bruce in the New Zealand side and will complete the middle-order for the home team.
The Kiwi selectors have called in domestic stalwart Tim Seifert to replace Tom Blundell behind the wickets. The big-hitting Colin de Grandhomme and the wily Mitchell Santner will continue as the two all-rounders for the Kiwis.
Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee and Trent Boult will form the bowling attack.
England Predicted 11 for 4th T20 of tri-series
Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), David Willey, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran
In Alex Hales and Jason Roy, England have two of the hardest hitters of the white ball at the top of the order and despite a poor show in the first two games, the swashbuckling duo are once again likely to open the innings for the Three Lions on Tuesday.
Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan has given a good account of himself at Number 3 in the first two matches of the tri-series, albeit in losing causes. England will hope to have captain Eoin Morgan back for the game against New Zealand, the man resurgent approach to white-ball cricket. Morgan is likely to replace James Vince.
Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is one of best limited-overs finishers that the game has seen in recent times and will be followed by the recently appointed Kent captain, Sam Billings.
England’s bowling attack will once again comprise of all-rounders David Willey and Liam Dawson, leg-spinner Adil Rashid, young pacer Tom Curran and the death overs specialist Chris Jordan.