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ICC World Cup 2019, Match 41: England vs New Zealand – Fantain Fantasy Cricket Tips

Here is all you need to read for both the teams before picking your Fantain XI.

Chris Woakes, England
Chris Woakes of England. (Photo Source: Twitter)

This match plays a very critical role in deciding the top four teams that would make it to the Semi-finals. Australia and India top the table with 14 and 11 points respectively. England gave themselves a lifeline when they defeated India. New Zealand lost to Australia and Pakistan, and are now under tremendous pressure to move to the next round. Here is all you need to read for both the teams before picking your Fantain XI.

Team News:

England

Favourites of the tournament, the home team now suddenly find themselves unsure of their presence in the semi-finals. Their win against India gave them the hope of staying in the tournament. This match is a do-or-die for England as it is their last match in the league stage of World Cup 2019. Should England lose today and Pakistan defeat Bangladesh by a high margin (a definite possibility), England could get knocked out. They would not want to make any changes to the lineup that defeated India.

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Probable XI:

Liam Plunkett, Eoin Morgan (c), Adil Rashid, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Joe Root, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer.

New Zealand

Did New Zealand peak too soon? They won the first five matches (not counting the one that was abandoned due to rain) and they lost 2 matches back-to-back; to Pakistan and Australia at that. Pakistan’s sudden rise to form took New Zealand by surprise. Australia has always been a team to watch out for. New Zealand is in trouble if they lose against England. If New Zealand loses today (they stay at 11 points) and Pakistan beats Bangladesh by a huge margin ( a big possibility); everything changes.

Their performance against Australia showed their sudden inability to match pacers with the batsmen lacking the girth big time. They are not likely to make any changes to the team either.

Probable XI:

Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wk), Ish Sodhi, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls.

Top Picks

Williamson: He is the player that could help New Zealand hit a big score against the home team.

Bairstow: He was a force of nature that India struggled to stop. He is in fantastic form and will be key to your Fantain Fantasy Lineup.

Neesham: 182 runs and 9 wickets, Neesham has been on top of this game. He missed his century by 3 runs.

Our recommendation

Batsmen: Root, Williamson, Bairstow, Morgan. Roy

Bowlers: Woakes, Archer, Ferguson, Boult

All-Rounders: Neesham

WK: Latham

Stokes can be an alternate all-rounder to Neesham but this is the lineup picked for this match.

This is our Fantain Fantasy XI but you’re the real expert.

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