England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat against New Zealand in their last league fixture of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Chester-le-Street.
Both England and New Zealand will be looking to book a spot in the semi-final.
The hosts goes into the match confidently after breaking India’s winning streak in Birmingham on Sunday. A defeat to New Zealand would leave the English at the mercy of Pakistan, which would then guarantee a playoff spot with a win over Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.
Meanwhile, New Zealand, which won their first five matches, might be lacking some belief after losing to Pakistan and Australia back to back. Even a defeat would not spell the end of either team’s chances of emerging as one of the top four from the ten-team round-robin phase.