England vs New Zealand, Live score and updates: 47 matches, 6 weeks, rain, turmoil, political messaging, jostling, drama, mirth, heartbreaks, spills and thrills – it all boils down to this. Eoin Morgan staring at Kane Williamson, England facing off New Zealand. Two captains who have forged their respective sides according to their own ethos, two captains who are extremely likely, but on the day, it will be more about the 10 men standing around them and how they respond to pressure, nerves and expectations. Well, for both these sides, this is the chance to be torch-bearers for the generations to follow and when they clinch that World Cup, perhaps stir the cricketing souls, for one decisive time. Is it then coming home, Kane? Will it stay at home, Eoin?
England vs New Zealand, World Cup final, live score and updates:
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
New Zealand bat first
Kane has called correctly and New Zealand will bat first.
“There’s been a bit of rain in the morning. But the sun is out right now and the pitch is bright and hard. A lot greener than expected in a one-day game. This is a pitch with a lot of grass, so there will be early seam movement.” – reckons Sourav Ganguly.
All four matches at Lord’s in World Cup 2019 have been won by team batting first with the winning margin increasing after every match.
– Pakistan beat SA by 49 runs
– Australia beat Eng by 64 runs
– Australia beat NZ by 86 runs
– Pakistan beat Ban by 94 runs
Top 5 player battles
England and New Zealand will be gunning to be first time champions when they lock horns against each other in a blockbuster ICC World Cup 2019 final at the iconic Lord’s in London on Sunday. Both teams are well-equipped to end their respective trophy droughts and will be eying immortality when they come face to face in a crunch contest at the ‘Home of Cricket’. There are multiple battles within this big war that is capable of turning the contest into a memorable one. Let’s a look at some important player battles that could decide the outcome of the match in London.
Here are the top 5 player battles which can determine the course of the match.
England’s predicted XI
History beckons for England. Playing their first World Cup final since 1992, England are looking to become the third straight host country to win the showpiece event. They have been dominant in the tournament so far and if had not been for a small stutter during middle phase then it would have been the perfect World Cup for them. Still they have a chance to create history when they clash with New Zealand in the final of the World Cup on Sunday at Lord’s. Their display against Australia in semi-finals would have boosted their confident a lot before the all-important match in London.
Here is England’s predicted XI for the clash.
New Zealand predicted XI
New Zealand have surprised many with their amazing run to the finals of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The Kane Williamson led-side were the underdogs against India in the semi-final but managed to shock the Men in Blue and trump them by 18 runs to reach the final stage. Before the semis, the Kiwis were on a three-match losing streak but uplifted their performance at crucial stage to upset the Indian team.
Here is New Zealand’s predicted XI.
England face New Zealand in the World Cup final on Sunday knowing years of planning come down to a single day at Lord’s. When England exited the 2015 edition with an embarrassing defeat by Bangladesh, few were tipping them as potential champions in four years’ time. The challenge for England is to embrace the hype surrounding Sunday’s fixture without letting it inhibit them from playing their brand of “fearless” cricket. It is perhaps appropriate that England are facing New Zealand in a final between two sides who have yet to win the World Cup. Let’s take a look at some important numbers and milestones that can be reached during this contest:
Here are all the numbers from the match.
World Cup Final Day 🏆
Huge respect for both teams, England & New Zealand for playing the sort of cricket that gets you to a Final. Good luck to the players, it’s going to be a great spectacle. Come On England! 🏴𠁧𠁢𠁥𠁮𠁧𠁿 #CWC19Final
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) July 14, 2019
Early update and it is not a good one. It is a damp morning and there is rain around. Our reporter from Lord’s, Somshuvra Laha says there is persistent rain right now. So, well, we are keeping our fingers crossed.
Captain Morgan speaks
“I haven’t allowed myself to think about lifting the trophy. Cricket and sport in particular is very fickle. If you ever get ahead, it always seems to bite you in the backside,” said Eoin Morgan said on the eve of their summit clash.
Akhtar predicts the winner
Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has predicted the winner of the ICC World Cup 2019 on the eve of the final between England and New Zealand at the iconic Lord’s in London on Sunday. Whichever team comes out victorious, the world will witness a new champion as neither of the two sides have previously lifted the most important trophy in this particular sport. New Zealand reached the final for the first time in 2015 while England last entered the championship clash in 1992.
Read his prediction here.
Roy on the loss to Australia
Jason Roy says England’s stinging defeat by Australia in the World Cup group phase gave the hosts a “good kick” and helped them rediscover their mojo. England will step out at the “home of cricket” on Sunday as favourites to lift the trophy for the first time against a New Zealand side also looking to make history.
Last time they were at the ground they were pushed to the brink of a group-stage elimination by a 64-run loss to 2015 World Cup winners Australia.
Cricket’s moment of reckoning arrives in a few hours when England take on New Zealand in the World Cup final at Lord’s on a super Sunday for sports. The irony is not lost on most pragmatic fans as cricket jostles for their attention on a day Roger Federer tries to elevate an already staggering Wimbledon record and Lewis Hamilton aims to go past Alain Prost and Jim Clarke with a sixth British Grand Prix win. Making Sunday’s final free-to-air is a last-ditch attempt to keep the country hooked on cricket but the English will not be swayed merely by that. They want a World Cup to go along with it.
Read the preview here.