ENG vs NZ Dream11: The highly anticipated T20I series which will be contested between two powerhouses England and New Zealand is finally here. The first of the five matches will be played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
It was a different ball game when the last time these two sides collided in an International game. The stakes were high and all the players were ready to give there everything at the grandest stage of them all i.e. the World Cup final.
England had the last laugh in the final and the Blackcaps were left wounded and disappointed.
The hosts would be eyeing for vengeance of their loss in the World Cup final and start afresh season here.
Here, we have come up with the team news, possible playing elevens and Fantasy picks for ENG vs NZ Dream11 today match prediction.
Hagley Oval, Christchurch, 1st November at 06:30 AM IST
Total played: 16
England won: 10
New Zealand won: 05
No Result: 01
An evening start will mean the temperatures will be dipping down. With short boundaries on either side of the wickets, a high-scoring contest is on offer. The seamers, however, could make their presence felt with conditions favoring them to some extent.
England Team News
England has named a 15-man squad for this series.
Injuries: Joe Denly (Ankle Injury) is ruled out of the first game.
In line for debut: Tom Banton will open the innings and is all set for his debut alongside all-rounder Lewis Gregory who is the able replacement for Joe Denly. Pat Brown will be the third seamer who will make his debut.
Team combination: Newbie Tom Banton and Jonny Bairstow in all likelihood are all set to open the innings followed by James Vince and skipper Eoin Morgan and wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings. Sam Curran will be batting at no 7 with Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid sharing the bowling responsibilities.
ENG Playing 11- (Expected)
Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Pat Brown.
New Zealand Team News
Skipper Kane Williamson is rested for this series which means seamer Tim Southee will lead the side in his absence.
Injuries: No injury updates
Expected to be benched: Blair Tickner and Scott Kuggelijn.
Unavailable: Left-arm seamer Trent Boult is unavailable for the first three games. He will join the squad from the fourth game.
Team combination: The top three would be stacked by Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and wicket-keeper batsman Tim Siefert. Experienced Ross Taylor will follow up along with the all-round duo of James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme. In the bowling department, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi will hold the key.
NZ Playing 11- (Expected)
Colin Munro, Tim Siefert, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson.
Eoin Morgan(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Tom Banton, Dawid Malan, Patrick Brown, Lewis Gregory, Joe Denly, Adil Rashid, James Vince, Sam Billings, Saqib Mahmood, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Matthew Parkinson.
Tim Southee(c), Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert(w), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Blair Tickner.
Fantasy picks from New Zealand-
Colin Munro: The swashbuckling opener is one of the most intimidating batsmen in this set-up. He has 3 centuries to his name in T20Is. In the second practice game against England, he scored a brilliant 107 off 57 deliveries.
Ross Taylor: Considered as the backbone of Blackcaps batting line-up, Taylor has scored 1627 runs from 82 innings at a strike-rate of 121.96.
Colin de Grandhomme: The all-rounder is a definite pick here as he delivered with both bat and ball on a regular basis. He has got scores of 0, 59, 44 from his last three T20I innings.
All-rounder James Neesham has the ability to clear the boundaries at will. He bats at no 7 where going big is a must.
Players to avoid:
Scott Kuggeleijn, Blair Tickner
Fantasy picks from England-
Jonny Bairstow: After being dropped from the Test squad, Bairstow would be itching to prove his worth. He scored an unbeaten 78 in the practice game against New Zealand XI.
Eoin Morgan: The skipper has amassed 1810 runs from 79 innings in T20Is. His last two knocks saw him scoring 10* and 57*.
Sam Billings: Kent's very own Sam Billings has a vast experience of T20 cricket. He has 3104 runs to his name from 153 T20s at a strike rate of 130.80.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid could well be one of the most important aspects in the bowling department for the visitors. He has 36 wickets to his name from 37 matches.
Players to avoid:
Dawid Malan, Saqib Mahmood
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Disclaimer: Management can take late decisions depending on the match situation. The fantasy teams which we have provided here of ENG vs NZ Dream11 match prediction is best of our interest and depending on the credit scores of the players.