Forget the past, as ultimate challenge lies ahead. The dominators have been outperformed in pre-final clashes and with some glorifying performances witnessed in past one and half month; the ICC Cricket World Cup has ensued to its hindmost encounter.
The aisles of Home of Cricket Lord’s will be brimming with elation as the hosts and favorites England lock horns with odds-defying New Zealand in the eventual game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
On hand where it took 27 years for England to make it to the World Cup finals, New Zealand on another hand are in their successive World Cup final as they happened to be the runner-ups of 2015 World Cup.
Of the nine World Cup meets between the two, both ish has a similar record, as New Zealand (5) have just an extra win over England (4), however, England has outperformed the Blackcaps on all three fronts in round-robin this World Cup.
England and New Zealand have never tasted a World Cup trophy, the two will fight on Sunday for their maiden World Cup title.
New Zealand vs England, Final
14 July, 3:00 PM IST
Pitch and Weather Report
The weather is expected to be dry on Sunday, with cloud cover in the early part of the day, which are likely to disappear as the game progresses
Skippers might look to bat first owing to the chasing pressure in big games and also considering the previous game results at Lord’s this World Cup.
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham.
England has been in a situation where they can’t afford to lose a single game, from the past three games, and situation have been stitched by them in a model way.
The likes of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have done a tremendous job, and are undoubtedly the best opening pair this World Cup, another superclass show from these two can provide the hosts a little upper hand.
Though there are bleak chances of any changes in playing XI but yes, speculations around Jonny Bairstow’s injury might result in his replacement.
Chris Woakes led bowling attack has been able to get some early crunches, however, the pitch has a lot to offer for Adil Rashid.
Conspicuous victory over the table-toppers India has surely injected significant confidence in the Blackcaps after three consecutive losses.
New Zealand proceeded in World Cup 2019 with an unpredictable nature, and frequent failures from top order has left Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor leading with shoulders of responsibility.
However powered pace attack has been intense throughout, as Boult, Henry, and Ferguson have produced match-defining results this tournament.
Playing World Cup final for the successive time, Blackcaps will be in desperate need for some solid platform from openers, considering the recent form and advantage of home conditions England have their noses slightly ahead.
However, New Zealand ability to perform on big platforms can put a challenging task in front of the coveted favorites.
Tom Latham, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ben Stokes, Mitchell Santner, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Trent Boult, and Lockie Ferguson. Captain: Kane Williamson, Vice-Captain: Joe Root.