England v Australia [ICC Champions Trophy 2013]
Ravi Bopara will not be part of the England ODI squad.Reuters

Tournament host England will take on New Zealand in the 11th game of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy 2013 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Sunday.


The Group A teams - England and New Zealand - come into the contest with their eyes firmly set on the semi-final as the winner will qualify for the final four.

England are in the second position with two points after beating Australia by 48 runs in the opener before losing to Sri Lanka by seven wickets. They need to win on Sunday to qualify for the semi-final.

New Zealand have three points on the table after beating Sri Lanka by one wicket and drawing the rain-hit match again Australia. They need to beat England in order to confirm their place in the semi-final. If they lost the match, their place in the last four will be decided by the outcome of the match between the other Group A teams - Australia and Sri Lanka.

Previous Meetings:

Out of the 76 ODIs played between the teams, New Zealand won 38, England 32, two ties and four no-results. New Zealand won their only meeting in the ICC Champions Trophy. In the recent series played in England, New Zealand won 2-1.

Team News:

England: Top order - Ian Bell, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root - have scored half centuries in the last two matches. They will be expected to perform in the all-important match against New Zealand on Sunday. They have Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara in the batting line-up.

On the bowling front, James Anderson is the highest wicket taker of the team with five wickets. They have Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Joe Root and Bopara in the bowling attack but their performance this tournament has been not impressive.

New Zealand: They have Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, James Franklin and Brendon McCullum in the batting line-up but exposed their vulnerability in the opener, chasing down Sri Lanka's small total 138 with only one wicket left. They didn't get the opportunity to bat in the second match after it was suspended due to rain.


New Zealand have good record against England and won the recent series but the contest on Sunday will be all together a different one. With home crowd to their advantage, England have a slight advantage over the Kiwis.

Where to Watch Live:

The match will kick off at 05:30 PM IST on Saturday and it will be telecast live on Star Sports and Star Cricket channels in India. It will also be live streamed online on Star Sports official website.  


England: Alastair Cook (Captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (Captain), Trent Boult, Grant Elliot, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson

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