Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand
Man of the Match: Joe Root
Can New Zealand continue the dominant run and win the series?
We predict New Zealand will win this match!
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The second and final game of the ongoing test series between New Zealand and the visiting side England will be played Seddon Park in Hamilton. The Kiwis are jubilant and all over each other in happiness after they defeated England by an innings and 65 runs in the first Test at the Bay Oval and with it, took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. B J Watling and Mitchell Santner was a key architect for Kiwis' impressive victory in the last game.
The former notched up his maiden double century and batted for an astonishing 473 balls for his 205. On the other hand, all-rounder Mitchell Santner was also equally good with both bat and ball; he scored 126 and picked 3 crucial top-order English wickets in the second inning. The Kiwis would be eying for another dominant performance and win the series.
On the other hand, there will be a lot at stake for England in the second game. off late, the English team has failed to deliver consistently in away conditions. In the last game, visitors were largely architects of their own downfall. They were passive and, when they did decide to hit out, they picked the wrong shot to the wrong ball. Joe Root and co would have a lot to ponder before they travel to Hamilton for the second game. They got plenty of young and experienced players in the squad and they would look to learn from their mistakes and come back strongly.
It would be tough to ask for England to beat the host where they won 10 of their last 12 games, however, the current England test squad is a very balanced side and there won’t be any surprise if they seek resurgence and save the series.
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The last win will give great confidence for the home side, and they would be looking for another clinical performance to seal the series. The Kiwis are likely to go with the winning combination for the second game except for Trent Boult. He left the field in the last game due to injury and if he doesn’t get fit within time, Matt Henry or Ferguson are likely to appear in starting eleven. Overall, the New Zealand team looks very balanced and strong as they cover all the bases in batting and bowling.
In Kiwis batting line-up, Skipper Ken Williamson is arguably one of the best batsmen in the test format. He is currently the third-best ICC test batsman. He possesses solid technique and great temperament needed to bat longer duration in the test game. He scored 718 runs from the last 11 innings at an average of 71.80. He got fifty in the last game, but considering his rank, a big score is certainly on the card. Veteran Ross Taylor is another solid batman in the middle order.
Left-hander batsman Tom Latham is the leading scorer of late for Kiwis; he averages 86.60 in the last 11 innings. Wicket Keeper batsman was also an outstanding and star performer in the last game. He was awarded man of the math for his maiden double century. In All-rounder’s rank, side possesses two of the best all-rounder in test format, C D Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner. Both were outstanding with both bat and ball and would be keen to carry on the good form in the crucial game of the series. Pace attack comprising of skipper T Southee and Neil Wagner bowled remarkably in the last games. Neil Wagner runs through the English batting line-up, he picked five- in the second inning. In the Spin department, Mitchell Santner was equally good. He picked three top-order English wickets during the second inning.
Key Player- Kane Williamson, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner
Tom Latham, Mitchell Santner, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, N Wagner, Matt Henry, BJ Watling, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, TG Southee
Joe Root and co. would need to work on many things before the crucial game of the series. Skipper would want better returns from experienced players in the squad. Despite losing the first game, we predict England is unlikely to make any change for the next game as the playing eleven in the first game got acclimated to playing conditions.
On the batting front, the team would be relying heavily on Joe Root. He is currently ranked seventh in the ICC test ranking. He is the best batsman in the squad however he failed to convert the start to a big inning. He would be eager to get a big score in the crucial game. All-rounder Ben Stokes is England's best player in test format off late. He got great success with bat and ball; scored 746 runs and picked 20 wickets from the last 12 innings. Currently, he is in the best form of his life and would be keen to make most of it and win the game for the side. He was the England top scorer in the last game; scored 91 and 28 runs during first and second inning respectively. He can pose a tough barrier for Kiwis.
Joe Denly and Rory Burns, the newcomers in test line-up have been in decent form. Joe Denly looks very composed during his knock of 75 and 35 runs in the last game. The team would want him to carry on the good form and bat for a longer duration. Pacers Jofra Archer, Sam Curran. Stuart Broad looked very ordinary in the last game. The Kiwis batsmen faced very little resistance from the English bowling attack as they scored 600+ during the first inning. They would be looking to rectify the mistake and come up with much better performance.
Key Player – Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer
Joe Root, Jofra Chioke Archer, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, CR Woakes
The weather in Hamilton on Friday will be partly cloudyisand the temperature will hover around 25 degrees Celsius.
Pacers should get some help with the overcast conditions at the venue during the first session. Hamilton usually offers very good batting track.
Out of last 25 test game, 8 were won by batting first whereas 10 while bowling first. Average first inning score is 301 where the second inning score is 330. Records are in favour of bowling first team. Hence we predict team winning toss would look to bowl first.
In the last game, England batting was weak with so many batsmen giving their wickets away while the bowlers looked incredibly ineffective. That does not bode well for this pitch in Hamilton that will likely offer more to the bowlers and that could make the hosts even more dangerous.
Hence, though we expect it to be a close encounter, we predict New Zealand will have an advantage based on the recent performance in the series.
We predict New Zealand will win this match!
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