By – Arjun Prasad
Time: 6: 30 am IST
Date: 20th Feb
Venue: WestpacTrust Stadium, Wellington
Match 9 of the ICC Cricket world cup takes us to Wellington where high flying hosts New Zealand are set to take on a lackluster England side.
The Kiwis could not have hoped for a better start picking up two dominating wins in as many fixtures against Sri Lanka and Scotland. A win against the Poms could well ensure their berth in the quarter finals and they will be looking to do just that come Friday. They were called as a side without any weaknesses and the Kiwis have lived up to the hype. A fine all round display in both matches earned them much praise and they will look to add England too their list of casualties.
England have been sluggish for quite a while now and their opening game defeat against Australia deepened concerns about their form. Their star studded bowling lineup has failed to deliver in favorable conditions and they need to pull up their socks and deliver results. Captain Morgan’s inexperience too is showing on the side that has some world class performers in their ranks. A win against the hosts will do England a world of good and hence it is time for Bell and company to deliver some solid performances.
The ICC World Cup Match will be shown live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD 1, while the live-streaming will be available on Starsports.com in the sub-continent.
Those in the UK can see it live on Sky Sports 2 which has been telecasting as Sky Sports World Cup. For live streaming, they can access Sky Go.
Live Score: www.icc-cricket.com
X Factor – Corey Anderson can do no wrong at the moment for the Kiwis. He has been solid with the bat and has already picked up 5 wickets in the two games played. He will be their go to man to chase the big totals and the burly all rounder seems up for the task.
Ian Bell is England’s most experienced campaigner and he will be expected to provide a solid start for the Poms. Their lack of runs at the top of the order has been a crucial factor for their problems and Bell will be entrusted with the responsibility of delivering results.
New Zealand : Brendon McCullum (capt), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Tim Southee, Luke Ronchi (wk), Ross Taylor.
England : Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.