Date & Time: Sunday, July 14, 15:00 IST
Venue: Lord’s, London, England
Time to write a new name on the majestic World Cup
47 matches of exhilarating cricket, close contests, controversial moments, heartbreaks, and successful stories are leading us into the final contest of ICC World Cup 2019 to decide the eventual champions. One set of players will be a role model for the respective country’s future cricketers when they will be crowned as the first time champions and hopefully, people will not forget the fight put up by the other team in the whole tournament.
No changes are expected for both teams from their semifinal wins.
The conditions are expected to be a bit sunny for the final clash. Lord’s has traditionally not been a very high scoring ground, but we can expect the team batting first to post a formidable score.
He is the lone warrior for the Kiwis this World Cup with the bat, where he has scored 548 runs in 8 matches. His average of 91.33 is the highest in this edition of the World Cup and it speaks volumes about his consistency. In 2015 World Cup also, the then New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum inspired them to the finals but could not end the tournament on a high. But Kane Williamson, the current skipper, can put up another spirited performance which will help the team to lift the title.
England’s leading run scorer in the tournament (4th in overall list) has scored 549 runs at an average of 68.62 in this edition of the World Cup. He has scored 285 runs in the last five games at this venue at a strike rate of 91.64. He has very good numbers against Kiwi bowlers too in ODI cricket recently.
England’s one half of the swashbuckling opening pair is the second leading run scorer in this edition of the World Cup. His favorite team to bat against in ODI cricket is New Zealand as he has an amazing average of 81.83 at a strike rate of 118.02 in the seven matches he played against them. He has also been very successful at this venue in the past.
Liam Plunkett has been the prime wicket-taker in middle overs for England cricket in ODIs since 2016 along with Adil Rashid. He has picked up more wickets (12 in 6 matches) at this venue, which is more than any of his current England teammates. He uses the slope in the Lord’s pitch better than most cricketers and has been rewarded for the same.