New Zealand (@1.01) vs Italy (@51.0)

Our Prediction:

New Zealand will win

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The 41st match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will see tournament hosts England face New Zealand in a must-win match for the hosts at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on July 3 (Wednesday). The hosts then bounced back strongly against India to keep their top four hopes alive in the tournament as Jason Roy made a clinical comeback. England, who have been considered as one of the hot favorites for the World Cup, maintained their hegemony in the first half of the tournament but were outplayed subsequently by Sri Lanka and Australia, daunting their semifinals hopes.

Sri Lanka checked all the boxes in the 1st Test, and the pitch, which was expected to deteriorate as the play progressed just slowed down and Sri Lankan skipper had a better understanding of it. Sri Lanka must be happy with their performance with both bat and ball. The spinners did a fine job of picking up early wickets and putting NZ under pressure, while all of their top 4 batsmen hit fifties including a hundred from the skipper in the 4th innings.

Virat Kohli continues to hold his position as the world's best ODI batsman. The skipper is coming off a fine knock of 82 against Australia and he will look to follow that up with another strong performance. MS Dhoni's calmness at the crease and Hardik Pandya's brute force will be crucial in the middle order. With a century and a half-century in the two respective matches, Rohit Sharma is currently India's leading run-getter in this World Cup 2019. And with Shikhar Dhawan out of action for three weeks, the onus will be on him to provide a good start to the Indian innings.

We have noticed in some previous matches that pitch in England had been converted into slow after each and every match. The team who will win the toss will elect to bat first. The toss is playing an important role in the decision of the all matches of this World Cup as we had seen in all previous played matches. A total of more than 290 runs in much difficult to chase here at this venue.

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With 10 points in the bag, the hosts are currently sitting in the fourth place on the CWC 2019 points table after having won five and lost three out of eight matches. After suffering two consecutive setbacks - against Sri Lanka and Australia - England pulled off a convincing 31-run win over India in their last match and have re-ignited their hopes of finishing in the top four. England were clinical with the bat last time out, posting a challenging total of 337 on the board.

While the stats show a deteriorating pitch on the last couple of days at this ground, it will be an exciting contest between the bowlers and the skipper as to who understands the game better and makes the right decisions. Team bowling first has won 10 of 22 matches played at this venue. The average 1st innings score here is 312 runs, while the average 4th innings total is 178 runs.

So a loss here for the home team will leave them in a rather precarious position. This is a crucial game for both the teams as the winner will confirm a place in the semi-finals. The hosts have fared well at this ground in ODIs and we are backing them to secure a couple more points and seal their semi-final spot. England will be under slightly more pressure as they currently have 10 points in their kitty while New Zealand have 11. England, however, have garnered plenty of confidence after their fine win against India whereas the Kiwis have lost all their momentum with back-to-back losses.

Between India and New Zealand, India is more likely to win and is also a favourite amongst the fans. Will the Kiwis be able to hand India their second defeat? Will India continue to slay their opponents in their journey towards winning the cup? Find out what Ganesha has to say about the game. Luck will also play a significant role. However, this world cup has seen a handful of upsets already. New Zealand has also been playing well in this edition of the World Cup. Who do you think will win between India and New Zealand? However, the majority of their wins were against weaker teams.

Kane Williamson has scores of 40 and 79* in his two innings and he will be expected to lead from the front again. The top four - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor - have all hit a half-century in this World Cup. Ross Taylor is ranked third in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. The veteran scored 82 and 48 against Bangladesh and Afghanistan respectively and the Kiwis will be looking forward to another big knock from him.

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Subsequently, their batting line up was exposed when they weren't able to chase 244 against Australia. Captain Kane Williamson is the mainstay in their batting line up and with a virtual quarter-final on cards, a high voltage encounter is expected in the marquee fixture. New Zealand started their run in the tournament with a bang, beating Sri Lanka by 10 wickets. The Kiwis were unbeaten till Pakistan dented their streakin the World Cup.

New Zealand had a good outing with the ball last time, restricting the Aussies to 243/9, but an ordinary performance from their batsmen resulted in a heavy 86-run loss. After sharing points with India in the rained-out encounter at Nottingham, the Black Caps beat South Africa and the West Indies in back-to-back matches before suffering defeats in their last two matches - against Pakistan and Australia. New Zealand, with 11 points, are third on the CWC 2019 leaderboard with five wins, two losses and a washout from eight matches.