Champions Trophy 2017: Hosts England eye semi-final spot vs New Zealand

first_imgFollowing an easy outing in the Champions Trophy opener, title favourites England will face a stern test when they take on New Zealand in a mouth-watering Group A tie here at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday.The match is crucial for both sides.England, who are the table toppers having registered a comfortable eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the opening match at the Kennington Oval, will look to clinch second successive win to seal the semi-final spot in the eight-team marquee event.Meanwhile, New Zealand are still searching for their first victory after their opening clash against two-time winners Australia was largely affected by rain before it was eventually abandoned, with the Trans-Tasman rivals earning a point each.A win for the Black Caps would put them in a strong position, in terms of progressing past the group stages.Here are some facts about the two teams:- New Zealand hold the upper hand when it comes to the overall ODI record between these sides; winning 41 to England’s 36 (tied two and four no results).- Both nations have claimed three wins apiece across their last six encounters in ODI cricket; England come into this match having secured successive victories over the Black Caps however.- England and New Zealand have faced off twice previously in the Champions Trophy; the Black Caps taking the spoils in the 2009 edition (four wickets) whilst England won the most recent encounter in the competition (10 run victory in 2013).- England have won nine of their last 10 ODI matches whilst New Zealand have claimed wins in 10 of their last 14 completed ODIsadvertisement- The Black Caps have won three of their four previous ODIs at this venue in Cardiff ; facing England in only one of those outings however, New Zealand lost that game by a margin of 10 runs.- Despite losing two of their last three at the venue, England have a winning record overall in Cardiff.- Ben Stokes is two wickets shy of reaching 50 in ODIs whilst Moeen Ali is three short of the same milestone.- Trent Boult is in line to play his 50th ODI for New Zealand in this match, he has taken 88 wickets at average of 24.9 so far, the fifth best average of any Black Caps bowler to take 50+ wickets.Squads:England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Steven Finn.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.last_img read more

Brazil football legend Pele leaves French hospital to return to Brazil

first_imgPele left a Paris hospital on Monday after being treated for a urinary infection. The 78-year-old Pele, who has been frequently hospitalised in the last few years for kidney and prostate procedures, was under care in the French capital since last Wednesday.The soccer great said in statement he will be back home in Brazil “ready to work again” after a five-day stay at the American Hospital of Paris.”I suffered from a severe urinary infection that demanded medical and surgical assistance as an emergency,” the three-time World Cup winner said. “I want to profoundly thank you for the positive thinking and good wishes.”Pele’s spokesmen Joe Fraga and Pepito Fornos did not say whether Pele’s treatment has been finished or if he will continue recovering at a hospital in Sao Paulo.Pele was taken to the hospital after an event with Kylian Mbappe, the French forward who has drawn comparisons with the Brazilian great after helping France win the World Cup last year as a teenagerThe two are ambassadors for a Swiss watchmaker.Earlier on Monday, striker Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain visited Pele and published a picture of the former footballer looking well on his hospital bed.In November 2014 Pele stayed in a Sao Paulo hospital for two weeks, including some time in intensive care, because of a urinary tract infection.At the time, his Brazilian doctors said intensive care was needed because of excessive inflammation in his body.Pele’s meeting with Mbappe had initially been planned for last November but was postponed because of the Brazilian’s poor health at the time.advertisementAlso Read | Brazil football legend Pele says he feels ‘so much better’ after French hospital treatmentlast_img read more