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Cricbuzz news New Zealand bank on familiarity against weakened England and enjoy livescore, commentary, points table, upcoming schedule, team ranking, match ranking and Series info. 18 Thursday October 2018 013145000000

Under pressure teams New Zealand and England will slug it out in Hamilton on Sunday (February 18) in a determined bid to keep their Twenty20 tri-series title hopes alive.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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Cricinfo news New Zealand bank on familiarity against weakened England and enjoy livescore, commentary, points table, upcoming schedule, team ranking, match ranking and Series info.18 Thursday October 2018 013145000000

The highly fancied teams confidently entered the tournament but have been blown away by a resurgent Australia who have powered into the final with four straight victories. New Zealand appeared set to book a berth in the decider after scoring a massive 243 for 6 on Friday only to be stunned by a rampant Australian batting order who chased down the record target with relative ease.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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Vcricket news New Zealand bank on familiarity against weakened England and enjoy livescore, commentary, points table, upcoming schedule, team ranking, match ranking and Series info. 18 Thursday October 2018 013145000000

A victory for the hosts over winless England will ensure they get another crack at Australia although they remain in the box seat due to a current net run rate advantage. The struggling England will need to conjure a significant victory to leapfrog over New Zealand and qualify for the final in Auckland on February 21.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* Amid comfortable familiar terrain, New Zealand's high-octane top-order have fired during two matches at home but their eclectic bowling attack has looked fragile on the ludicrously tiny grounds.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* Even though they are facing elimination, the Black Caps are set to back their strong home record and stick with their frontline attack despite looking more vulnerable in recent losses to Australia and Pakistan.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* In a confidence boost for the Kiwis, England has struggled badly in a baffling reversal of form after a dominant One-Day international (ODI) series victory over Australia. Perhaps it can be attributed to a weakened line-up with several mainstays missing but England should welcome back the services of captain Eoin Morgan, who is set to play after missing the last two matches due to injury.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* Morgan's calm leadership should help a slumping England who seem likely to resist the temptation of selecting star allrounder Ben Stokes. The controversial 26-year-old has arrived in New Zealand after pleading not guilty to a charge of affray at Bristol magistrates' court last week. He is set to make his long-awaited return to international cricket during the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* Perhaps of most concern, England's bowling has struggled in the tri-series and will be without quick Liam Plunkett who has been ruled out of the remainder of the New Zealand tour due to a hamstring injury.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* Undoubtedly, both teams will deem not making the final as a major underachievement. With so much to play for, there should be plenty of fireworks in an emotionally charged contest between two teams hoping to avoid an inglorious tournament exit.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* When: Sunday, February 18, 2018; 7PM local, 11.30AM IST*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* Where: Seddon Park, Hamilton*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* What to expect: Cloudy conditions are expected. There should be plenty of runs on offer on the small ground.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* Team News*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* New Zealand: Even though they lost to Australia, New Zealand are set to stick with the same line-up.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* Probable New Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Mark Chapman, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* England: Morgan has shrugged off the groin injury which has forced him out of the last two matches and is set to play meaning James Vince is likely to make way. A hamstring injury has ruled out Plunkett from the rest of the New Zealand tour. Seamer Tom Curran is set to earn a recall.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* Probable England XI: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Billings, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* Did you know?*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* - New Zealand and England have only played one T20I at Seddon Park with the hosts winning by 55 runs five years ago.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* - New Zealand has a commanding record at Seddon Park having won six of the seven T20Is. Their only loss was against South Africa six years ago.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* What they said*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* "To put 240 on the board and lose is a little disheartening but we haven't really got time to dwell on it because we have a game in two days. So it's a quick turnaround," - Martin Guptill, the New Zealand opener, said after the team's heartbreaking loss to Australia.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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* "All three facets of our game haven't been where they need to be if we want to win games of cricket. We're aware of that and we need to perform to put things right," - David Willey, the England allrounder.*18 Thursday October 2018 023145000000

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