The 5th T20I of the five-match series between New Zealand and England will be played at the Eden Park in Auckland.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (6:30 AM IST) (1:00 AM GMT). The match will be live on Star Sports. Live streaming will be available on Hotstar.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
After four gruelling encounters, it all comes down to the fifth and final T20I between England and New Zealand on Sunday. Although England had their backs against the walls prior to the fourth game, the likes of Dawid Malan and Matthew Parkinson were up for the task as they paved the way for a sensational win over the hosts. With the action moving to another high-scoring ground, Eden Park, both teams are set to feature in yet another run-fest.
Both teams have had their moments in the series so far. Although England’s best batsman, Jonny Bairstow hasn’t fired at all, Dawid Malan has stood out with 208 runs in four games so far. Eoin Morgan and Chris Jordan have also done their bit in derailing the Kiwis, for whom the Auckland pair of Colin Munro and Martin Guptill has critically underperformed. With the series on the line, both teams should give in their best in what promises to be a fitting end to an entertaining series.
Although the weather has been great over the course of the series, it isn’t the case for this game. Persistent rains throughout the day may force the game to be shortened or even washed out. While there isn’t any rain on the forecast during the afternoon, the showers seemingly pick up in the latter half. Cloudy conditions are a given in Auckland on Sunday.
Another high-scoring encounter is on the cards at the Eden Park. With the relatively small boundaries in place, batsmen are expected to make full use of a flat pitch. Chasing will be preferred by both sides with the prospect of DLS also coming into play in Auckland.
Average first innings score: 172 (18 T20Is played at Eden Park)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 10, Tied – 2
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Probable Playing XIs for Dream11 Fantasy
Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (C), Trent Boult, Scott Kuggeleijn, Mitchell Santner.
Bench: Daryl Mitchell, Blair Tickner.
Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan (C), Sam Billings (WK), Lewis Gregory, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Pat Brown, Chris Jordan, Matthew Parkinson.
Bench: Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood, James Vince, Adil Rashid.
Eoin Morgan showcased his range of shots with a brilliant 91 off just 41 balls in Napier. With the England captain scoring at a strike rate in excess of 175, he is a great asset to the fantasy team. Although Martin Guptill has underwhelmed in the series, he has the highest score in a T20I at this venue and would love to get some runs at his home ground in Auckland.
Tom Banton showed glimpses of what he is capable of with a brisk 31. Given the nature of the pitch, one can expect a good show from the young Englishman. These players should be picked in your Dream11 Fantasy side.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection
Captain – Colin Munro, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan
Vice-Captain – Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Banton
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues for Dream11 Fantasy:
Keeper – Tim Seifert, Tom Banton
Batsmen – Dawid Malan, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan (VC), Colin Munro (C)
All-Rounders – Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme
Bowlers – Tom Curran, Trent Boult, Chris Jordan
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues for Dream11 Fantasy:
Keeper – Tom Banton
Batsmen – Jonny Bairstow (C), Colin Munro, Martin Guptill (VC), Dawid Malan
All-Rounders – Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhommme, Sam Curran
Bowlers – Tom Curran, Matthew Parkinson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
Top-order batsmen have traditionally scored heavily at this venue. Although Jonny Bairstow and Martin Guptill haven’t scored many runs in the series, they are viable punts in this game.
Avoid picking too many middle-order batsmen in your Dream11 Fantasy side with the nature of the pitch and the top order batsmen bound to limit their time at the crease.
New Zealand is expected to win this match.
New Zealand vs England
New Zealand vs England