ALTHOUGH a semi-final place is not yet confirmed, New Zealand will be happy with their tournament so far.
Only a heavy defeat to England and a big Pakistan win against Bangladesh on Friday could see them in trouble.
Kane Williamson has of course been their main man, averaging 113.5.
His knock against South Africa typified his game, anchoring the innings as wickets fell around him and seeing his side home in the final over.
You wouldnt bet against him being in the runs again today and his Sporting Index performance is priced at 58-63.
New Zealands over-reliance on their number three has been evident, however.
Theyve only exceeded 250 in one game during the tournament so far and the frailty of their batting order was exposed somewhat against Australia.
They fell 86 short of a reasonable 244 at Lords, with Williamson again the top scorer.
England will know that he and fellow stalwart Ross Taylor are the prize wickets, but even so, neither score at a pace that will take the game out of Englands reach.
Martin Guptill looks a shadow of the man who was the 2015 World Cups highest scorer.
He hasnt passed fifty since the opening game and has had two ducks to boot.
He looks terribly out of nick, and Id look to sell his Sporting Index performance Index at 44.
Another New Zealand batsman in poor form is Tom Latham.
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