The exciting clash between England (ENG) and New Zealand (NZ) is set to kick off the 1st T20I series as part of the New Zealand tour of England 2023 at Seat Unique Riverside in Chester-le-Street. In terms of their historical head-to-head encounters, ENG holds a significant advantage with a tally of 14 wins against NZ’s 8. Their last T20I encounter saw England emerge victorious, securing a 20-run win over New Zealand.
Jos Buttler, at the helm of the England (ENG) squad, brings his experience as the captain of the reigning champions from the T20 World Cup 2022. Despite their recent setback against Bangladesh, where they suffered a 3-0 series loss, the England team remains a formidable force. In their previous match, ENG succumbed to a 16-run defeat against Bangladesh, posting 142/6 in response to BAN 152/6. Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler contributed significantly, scoring 53 and 40 runs, respectively.
On the other hand, New Zealand (NZ), led by Tim Southee, enters the contest as a well-balanced unit. Their most recent T20I series against UAE resulted in a 2-1 victory, showcasing their ability to adapt to various challenges. In their previous outing, New Zealand secured a 32-run win against UAE, with impressive performances from Will Young and Mark Chapman, who scored 56 and 51 runs, respectively.