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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - The hosts England cricket team take on the Kiwis New Zealand cricket team in the most-anticipated encounter of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Final on Sunday. The "Mecca of Cricket" - Lord's will witness the history as the cricket world will be blessed with a new champion in the 44-year-old history of Men's cricket. After 45 league games and two semi-finals, the match between New Zealand and England will decide the new winner.
The Black Caps confirmed their place in the World Cup finals for the second edition in a row after their new ball bowlers - Matt Henry and Trent Boult tore through the Indian top order to set up an 18-run win on Wednesday. On the other hand, the hosts England cricket team sealed a resounding 8 wicket victory over the defending champions Australia in the second semi-final to secure their place in the summit clash on July 14. Also, the hosts England booked a spot in the WC final for the first time since 1992.
Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy forged a brilliant hundred plus opening stand against India. Bairstow scored his maiden World Cup ton whereas Roy celebrated his return to the team with a blistering half-century. Considering their form, Bairstow and Roy must be the in your team.
Kane Williamson should be an automatic choice as the No.3 batsman with the New Zealand cricket team captain averaging over 186 in the tournament with two hundred and fifty to his name already. In-form Ross Taylor and Joe Root can be good options to complete the batting list.
Ben Stokes was at his best against India as he powered England to a formidable 337 with late slogging. He is averaging over 60 in this World Cup with the bat and 32.33 with the ball so he walks into the side 9 times out of 10. Also, James Neesham is in the form of his life with bat and ball for New Zealand in this World Cup. He has already picked up a five-wicket haul in the tournament and has been decent with the bat whenever he has the opportunity.
It will be a tricky choice to pick between the two solid keepers - Tom Latham and Jos Buttler. But Buttler's ability to perform in pressure situations and a lot of experience against the top teams give him an advantage over Latham as he holds a strike rate of 132.96, which is the best among of all England batsman, who has played more than 5 innings.
Jofra Archer and Lockie Ferguson would be the best bets in the bowling lineup. Ferguson is the second in the list of highest wicket-takers in World Cup 2019 with 17 wickets from 7 games so far whereas Archer ranks 4th with just one wicket less than the NZ pacer. Along with them, Adil Rashid can be picked as in the spinning in the fantasy team. Along with them, Adil Rashid can be picked as in the spinning in the fantasy team.
Pitch report and conditions: The pitch at Lord's is known to offer a little bit of something for both batsmen and bowlers. All four games played at the venue before the Final have been won by the team batting first with just two teams going past 300. The captains will definitely want to put a score on the board to avoid the pressure of a run-chase with the pitches also known to slow down as the match progresses,.
As far at the weather forecast for London goes, an excellent day for cricket is expected at Lord's on July 14. There is almost no chance of rain and the sun is expected to shine brightly during the course of the Final.
Team News: There aren't any fresh injury concerns from either team who will both be expected to field the same Playing XI from the semi-finals.
While, New Zealand cricket team management have been struggling with their opening partnership but wouldn't want to experiment on the biggest stage and will most likely persist with Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls.
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor
England: Eoin Morgan (C), Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, James Vince, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, and Tom Curran
ENG vs NZ ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Final
Venue: Lord's, London.
Day and Date: 14 July, Sunday at 3 PM IST