The third ODI of the five match Royal London ODI series between host England and New Zealand will be held in Rose Bowl, Southampton, on June 14. With the series stands on 1-1 following New Zealand’s narrow 13 runs win over England at the Oval in high scoring match which cut short due the rain interruption to 46 over while England was batting. The third ODI will be another exciting one as both teams will eye for series lead.
England has won the first match at Edgbaston with a huge 210 run margin. In reply New Zealand came hard on the host in the second match, scoring 398 runs from 50 over. Opener Martin Guptil and Brendon MacCullum have given New Zealand a blitzkrieg start, buoyant on that Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor moulded a 121 run third wicket partnership. Williamson hits a fluent 88 ball 93 and Ross Taylor was not out on 119 which helped New Zealand to notch up 398 for 5.
In reply England opening pair Jason Roy and Alex Hales started the run chase with a positive note, scoring 85 runs from 12 over. In the middle over, however, Trent Boult and MacClenaghan kept the run scoring attempt of English batsmen in check. Captain Morgan tried lashed the English innings in the middle over with his 88 off 44 when their score was 274 for 6, but he was caught Elliott off MacClenaghan. The thing is that the Oval match was a batsmen game and the bowlers had struggled to get accustomed to the conditions.
After an impressive performance at Edgbaston English bowlers were battered by the Kiwi batsmen. The star bowlers of the first match Adil Rashid and Steven Finn has given 141 runs in 20 over, while Finn managed to get the wicket of Ronchi, Rashid went wicket less. Besides them other bowlers like Jordan, Plunkett and Stokes have given more than 7 runs par over. Going into the third match at Rose Bawl, both team have to be wary about their bowling. For England the centurions of the first match Joe Root and Buttler will have to show more maturity while batting in the middle order if they want to lead the series.
Tim Southee, who gone wicket less in the second match, proved expensive for giving 68 run in 8 over. He will try to make came back in the third match. New Zealand will likely to give chance young lad Ben Wheeler replacing Santner who gone expensive in the last two matches. New Zealand will not have other option as all-rounder Corey Anderson and medium pacer Adam Milne have been ruled out from the entire series due to injuries. For England 22 year old medium pacer Craig Everton have high chance to replace Chris Jordan.
We will have to see whether this match will be another run-fest or not.
Probable line-ups of England v New Zealand 3rd ODI:
England XI: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, Craig Everton, Liam Plunkett, Steven Finn
New Zealand XI: Martin Guptil, Brendon McCullum (c), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Ben Wheeler, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult