World Cup 2019: England and New Zealand all set for final
London: The new 50-over cricket world champions will emerge on Sunday after England and New Zealand meet to battle it out at Lord’s for final here.
England ruthlessly destroyed five-times champions Australia to move to the cusp of their maiden men’s 50-over Cricket World Cup title. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s crafty bowlers defended a small total against two-times champions India in the other semi-final.
Both England and New Zealand have not won the coveted title even for a single time and will be eyeing the title for the first time. The 2019 World Cup will be a battle between England’s deep batting lineup and New Zealand’s incisive bowling attack.
New Zealand boast a well-balanced attack led by left-arm quick Trent Boult but are over-reliant on Captain Kane Williamson and fellow senior batsman Ross Taylor for their runs.
England, who started as favourites, have taken 27 years to reach the final of the marquee tournament. Pacemen Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes had reduced Australia to 14/3 in semis. Meanwhile, spinner Adil Rashid took wickets in the middle and the dynamic duo of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow launched the run chase with a blistering century partnership.
The weather on Sunday is expected to be dry, with low clouds gradually clearing to give some sunny spells in afternoon and evening, informed ICC. A full game can be expected in the final with dark clouds predicted to stay away from the iconic Lord’s.