England vs. New Zealand
|Date & Time||Sunday July 14, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
England 3.75 New Zealand 1.30
There will be a new name on the Cricket World Cup trophy on Sunday as New Zealand and England battle it out to claim their first ever title.
England come into the final as favorites. They have been in red-hot form in the latter stages of the tournament and the advantage of the home crowd will undoubtedly give them an edge.
New Zealand overcame India to reach the final in what was an astonishing tie. After the match was forced into a second day due to rain, the Black Caps produced a phenomenal bowling performance to claim victory from the jaws of defeat.
They set India 240 to win the match; a total that was viewed by many to be a below par score. Guptill went early and India’s opening bowlers were as economical as ever. After rebuilding and reaching 200/5, New Zealand then lost three wickets for 32 runs in the final overs.
The Kiwi bowlers came out flying and dismissed India’s top three batsmen for just one run each. Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni produced a 116-run partnership to drag India back in contention however their efforts were not enough to fend off New Zealand’s potent bowling attack.
Matt Henry was the pick of the bowlers, claiming figures of 3/37 from his ten overs. Spinner Mitchell Santner (2/34) and paceman Trent Boult (2/42) also chipped in with impressive performances whilst James Neesham and Lockie Ferguson picked up the rest of the wickets.
England were also spectacular in their semi-final as they thrashed Australia by eight wickets. The Aussies won the toss and elected to bat however they only managed 223 from 49 overs as England’s bowlers tore through an underachieving batting line-up.
Chris Woakes was outstanding. He only bowled eight overs but managed to pick up three wickets whilst only conceding 20 runs, meaning his economy rate was just 2.50. Adil Rashid also produced his best performance of the tournament so far, finishing on 3/54 whilst Jofra Archer claimed figures of 2/32.
England’s batsmen got the job done in emphatic fashion. Opener Jason Roy was again the catalyst, smashing 85 runs from just 65 deliveries before being wrongfully dismissed after a caught-behind appeal. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan finished off the run chase with 49 and 45 respectively to steer England to their first CWC final since 1992.
Both the New Zealand and England bowlers have been outstanding at this year’s World Cup however England’s batsmen have been far more consistent – and ruthless – and I believe this is what gives the host nation the upper hand heading into the final.
England’s destructive opening pair of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are capable of taking the game away from any opponent and if they get off to a flier on Sunday, England will be extremely difficult to stop.
When the two teams met in the group stage, England won comfortably by 119 runs. Whilst there may not be such a large winning margin this time around, I expect England to cruise to victory in front of a lively home crowd and claim their first ever Cricket World Cup title.