England had everything at stake in this match. Winning this would confirm their semi-final berth, while New Zealand would still make it to the playoffs even if they lose. England had not qualified for semi-finals since 1992 and not beaten New Zealand in a World Cup match since 1983. Winning the toss in this do-or-die match, England opted to bat first. As we had mentioned in our England vs New Zealand match prediction, toss was going to be a huge factor and team batting first would have the advantage.