After making a stunning comeback in the second match, England are ready to square off against New Zealand in the third ODI at Kennington Oval, London, on Wednesday.
In the rain-affected second ODI, the 30-year-old Liam Livingstone emerged as the hero for the English side. Despite the match being reduced to 34 overs per side, Livingstone’s spectacular unbeaten knock of 95 proved pivotal in steering his team to an imposing total of 226 runs.
In response, the visitors struggled to mount a substantial challenge and were dismissed for 147 runs. England’s formidable bowling attack, led by David Willey (3/34) and Reece Topley (3/37), exhibited their competence and skill, effectively dismantling New Zealand’s batting lineup.
As the third ODI approaches, England are determined to maintain the momentum gained from their impressive victory in the previous match. Conversely, New Zealand will be focused on making a strong comeback by rectifying their performance.
ODI Stats and Records at Kennington Oval:
- Total matches: 76
- Matches won batting first: 30
- Matches won bowling first: 42
- Average 1st Inns scores: 246
- Average 2nd Inns scores: 216
- Highest total recorded: 398/5 (50 Overs) by New Zealand vs England
- Lowest total recorded: 103/10 (41 Overs) by England vs South Africa
- Highest score chased: 322/3 (48.4 Overs) by Sri Lanka vs India
- Lowest score defended: 241/10 (49.4 Overs) by Pakistan vs England
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Kennington Oval pitch Report:
Kennington Oval boasts a pitch that’s an absolute paradise for batters, providing minimal assistance to bowlers. It largely favours stroke-makers who can confidently unleash their shots. Importantly, the pitch offers consistent and reliable bounce, allowing aggressive batters to execute their strokes with fluidity. This pitch promises an enticing contest where batters can flourish, but skilled, fast bowlers can still find opportunities to make an impact. The average first-innings total in ODIs on this venue is 246.
London weather report:
The weather forecast for London indicates mostly cloudy skies for the match day, with a slight 20% chance of rain. Humidity levels are expected to be around 62%, and the wind is anticipated to blow at a moderate pace of 16 km/hr. Overall, it appears to be a relatively pleasant day with a low risk of precipitation and comfortable humidity levels.
ENG vs NZ Probable Playing XIs for 3rd ODI:
England: Harry Brook, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (C & WK), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Gus Atkinson, Reece Topley
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Will Young, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (C & WK), Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
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