It’s drizzling in London currently. As per the UK MET department, there will be no rain between 2:30 pm IST and 4:30 pm IST. However, because of the current weather situation, there could be a delayed start.
Weather update from Lord’s
☁️ Despite some early morning showers here, it’s due to be a dry day at Lord’s! It’s all set for a special & histo… https://t.co/oKTWJ4JWyy
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What’s your prediction?
Two deserving teams. One World Champion. Who will it be? #BackTheBlackCaps | #WeAreEngland https://t.co/9PNLXZTefQ
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NEW ZEALAND’S ROAD TO THE FINAL
vs Sri lanka (June 1) – New Zealand won by 10 wickets
vs Bangladesh (June 5) – New Zealand won by 2 wickets
vs Afghanistan (June 8) – New Zealand won by 7 wickets
vs India (June 13) – Match abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled
vs South Africa (June 19) – New Zealand won by 4 wickets
vs West Indies (June 22) – New Zealand won by 5 runs
vs Pakistan (June 26) – Pakistan won by 6 wickets
vs Australia (June 29) – Australia won by 86 runs
vs England (July 3) – England won by 119 runs
Semifinal vs India (July 10) – New Zealand won by 18 runs
A bunch of superstars on both sides. Who do you think will emerge as today’s top performer? 🤔 #BackTheBlackCaps |… https://t.co/7LjjiGaGKC
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ENGLAND’S ROAD TO THE FINAL:
vs South Africa (May 30) – England won by 104 runs
vs Pakistan (June 3) – Pakistan won by 14 runs
vs Bangladesh (June 8) – England won by 106 runs
vs West Indies (June 14) – England won by 8 wickets
vs Afghanistan (June 25) – England won by 150 runs
vs Sri Lanka (June 21) – Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
vs Australia (June 25) – Australia won by 64 runs
vs India (June 30) – England won by 31 runs
vs New Zealand (July 3) – England won by 119 runs
Semifinal vs Austrlalia (July 11) – England won by 8 wickets
Here’s a look at today’s weather:
Weather at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London 8:00 to 9:00 am – rain 10:00 am to 6:00 pm – no rain But could have a dela… https://t.co/Z6ZHmvo0LN
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The battle ground
Today’s the day 👀 Who is heading to Lord’s this morning? 🙌 #LoveLords #CWC19Final https://t.co/tmRu8NmVBk
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🏆 It all comes down to this. @englandcricket v @BLACKCAPS at the Home of Cricket 🙌 #LoveLords #CWC19 https://t.co/wQjl7KBWDz
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England and New Zealand are ready. Are you?
Caption this 🏆 #NZvENG | #WeAreEngland | #BackTheBlackCaps | #CWC19 https://t.co/sC45ReEQsy
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Looking strong, boys! 💪 #WeAreEngland https://t.co/vDSA4OM4an
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The Three Musketeers! #BackTheBlackCaps https://t.co/dRYJnn2XZt
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Groovy ⚽ 🏃♂️ #BackTheBlackCaps https://t.co/2r1LODbdmg
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It’s England vs New Zealand World Cup final today!
🙌 The day is here 🙌 #NZvENG | #CWC19 https://t.co/DztCT2oQim
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2️⃣ hours to go until the #CWC19 final! World Cup winning captain Steve Waugh shares memories of the big occasion. https://t.co/Gr0LELSbpQ
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Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the ICC World Cup 2019 final between England and New Zealand at Lord’s in London.
Eoin Morgan’s England face New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday desperate to win the World Cup for the first time after four years of hard graft.
When England exited the 2015 tournament after an embarrassing defeat by Bangladesh, few tipped them as potential champions four years later.
As captain Morgan put it: “If you had offered us the position to play in a final the day after we were knocked out of the 2015 World Cup, I would have laughed at you.”
One person not laughing was Andrew Strauss, the former England director of cricket.
Drafted into the newly created role, Strauss set about an overhaul that saw the former England captain appoint Australia’s Trevor Bayliss as coach, and place greater emphasis on white-ball cricket.
The value of that work showed when England, now top of the one-day international rankings, thrashed reigning champions Australia by eight wickets in the semi-final at Edgbaston with the kind of performance that justified their billing as pre-tournament favourites.
Pacemen Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes destroyed the top order, leg-spinner Adil Rashid chipped in and the dynamic duo of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow launched the run chase with another blistering century partnership.
Australian World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh said England could go down as one of the greatest teams in one-day international history if they win on Sunday.
But the challenge for the host nation, as they seek a first title in the 44-year history of the World Cup, is to embrace Sunday’s occasion at Lord’s without it inhibiting their “fearless” brand of cricket.
“It’s the culmination of four years of hard work and dedication, a lot of planning and it presents a huge opportunity to go on and try and win a World Cup,” said Morgan.
Back-to-back group-stage defeats by Sri Lanka and Australia effectively saw England playing knockout cricket before the semi-finals but they got their campaign back on track with impressive victories against India and New Zealand.
“I think it has helped us because it’s lent itself to actually being more positive and aggressive and a bit smarter about how we play. It’s sort of been the last-chance saloon,” explained Morgan.
New Zealand, who have also never won the World Cup, helped shock England into a change of approach by humiliating them in Wellington four years ago and cannot be underestimated after seeing off Virat Kohli’s India in the semi-finals.
The 2015 losing finalists boast a well-balanced attack led by left-arm quick Trent Boult but their batting has been hugely reliant on captain Kane Williamson, who has scored 548 runs in the tournament at an outstanding average of 91.33, and Ross Taylor.
Williamson said his side were happy to embrace their underdog status, acknowledging that England deserved to be favourites.
“But whatever dog we are, it’s just important that we focus on the cricket that we want to play,” he said. “And we have seen over the years that anybody can beat anybody — regardless of breed of dog.”
While some members of the home side were not even born when England made the last of three losing appearances in a World Cup final in 1992, the Black Caps have the experience of their heavy defeat by co-hosts Australia in the climax of the 2015 edition in Melbourne to call on.
But there is a sense that England will never have a better chance.