England vs. New Zealand ODI series has been a thrilling cricket spectacle, and the upcoming 4th ODI at Lord’s promises to be another high-stakes encounter. After England’s commanding performance in the third ODI, where Ben Stokes unleashed a batting masterclass, the series stands at 2-1 in favor of the hosts. England will be eager to seal the series with a win at Lord’s, while New Zealand will be looking to level the score and push for a series decider.
Ben Stokes’ remarkable return to ODI cricket after a 14-month hiatus was nothing short of spectacular. His explosive innings of 182 runs off 124 balls in the 3rd ODI against New Zealand not only powered England to a formidable total of 368 but also set a new record for the highest individual score by an Englishman in ODIs. Stokes’ breathtaking performance has added an extra layer of potency to England’s batting lineup.
With Dawid Malan’s form steadily improving and Jos Buttler’s explosive batting prowess, England boasts a formidable batting order. Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow further strengthen the middle order, providing depth and power-hitting ability. England’s bowling unit, led by Reece Topley and Chris Woakes, has performed admirably, with spin options from Livingstone and Moeen Ali.
England Predicted Playing XI: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Gus Atkinson, Reece Topley
New Zealand Preview:
New Zealand’s chase of England’s formidable total of 369 in the previous ODI faced early setbacks, with the team stumbling to 70-5. However, Glenn Phillips’ heroic innings of 72 runs from 76 deliveries showcased his resilience and ability to fight back. Despite Phillips’ efforts, New Zealand fell significantly short of the target.
The Kiwi batting unit has faced inconsistency, with occasional standout performances. Daryl Mitchell has been the most consistent, amassing 192 runs in three matches at an impressive average and strike rate. Devon Conway has also contributed effectively with the bat. However, New Zealand’s batting must perform collectively to challenge England.
Trent Boult has led the Kiwi bowling attack impressively, picking up wickets consistently. Ben Lister’s performance in his first game of the series offered promise, and New Zealand may retain him for the final ODI.
New Zealand Predicted Playing XI: Will Young, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Lister, Trent Boult
Prediction: England to win.
While New Zealand possesses a solid batting unit, England’s recent form and powerful batting lineup make them favorites to clinch the series. England’s balanced bowling attack and home advantage further enhance their chances. Expect an exciting contest at Lord’s, with England looking to secure the series victory.