NZ face host England in WC final today
Defending runners up New Zealand take on hosts England today in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2109 at the Home of Cricket, Lord's. Two chockers battle will kick off at 3:30 (BST).
Cricket world is going to write new history by getting a new crown on the throne. England is going to take part in a battle royal after 27 years. They played World Cup finals in 1979, 1987 and in 1992. New Zealand on the other hand, played the final of ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.
Blackcaps had to struggle in every group stage wins. They started their mission beating Sri Lanka by 10 wickets followed by a narrowly managed two wicket's victory over Bangladesh. They smashed Afghanistan by seven wickets and shared a point with
India due to heavy showers. They also blew South Africa by four wickets to steady their semi final claim, which even strengthen after five-run win against West Indies. They lost to Pakistan, Australia and England with big margins as their top-four positions became tougher. But their 18-run rescue against India confirmed them among the last four. Kiwi upset hot contender India by 18 runs to reach the final.
England in the contrary were flying earlier phase of the tournament with couple of massive wins. They demolished South Africa in the opener of the tournament by 104 runs but lost to Pakistan by 14 runs in the very next match. English boys got them back against Bangladesh and beat Tigers by 106 runs. West Indies were downed by eight wickets and slashed Afghanistan by 150 runs. But they conceded back to back defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia to make their days tougher but confirmed their spot in playoffs by beating India and New Zealand in their last two group stage matches. They cracked defending champions Australia by eight wickets to purchase the ticket to the Lord's.
New Zealand are the best bowling line up in the world while England are the mightiest batting unit. So, a strong bat and ball battle is awaiting spectators today. Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan all are in the spring with the bat and England are the side having maximum number of 300 plus team totals in the World Cup so far. Their New Zealand counterparts showed the other side of the coin to defend maximum number of 250 totals. Trent Bout, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson are the consistent Kiwi wicket takers. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are the twin Blackcaps players to swing their bat throughout the tournament.
Forecast reveals slight shower during midday but will have fairly a cricket friendly weather in London with wind and toss will be the key in the sporting wicket at the Home of Cricket. Skipper favoured by coin must prefer to bat first.