Cricket World Cup: England vs New Zealand
Venue: Lord’s, London.
Date: Wednesday 14th July 2019
The 2019 World Cup final promises to be a fascinating culmination of 6 weeks of cricketing action in the UK as hosts England take on 2015 runners up New Zealand, with both sides looking for their first ever World Cup crown. Eoin Morgan’s England suffered a couple of shock defeats in the group stages but came roaring back with big wins over India and New Zealand before demolishing Australia in their semi-final clash. Meanwhile, Kane Williamson’s New Zealand finished the group stages in 4th place but stormed past much-fancied India in their rain-affected semi-final to reach their second successive World Cup final.
Hosts England have lived up to their pre-tournament favourites tag with aplomb in recent matches, and they go into the final as the form team. Defeats to Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia in the group stages currently seem a distant memory for Trevor Bayliss’ men who have breezed past India, New Zealand and Australia in their last 3 matches to book their place in their first World Cup final since 1992. In Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow they have one of the most potent opening partnerships in world cricket and the emergence of Jofra Archer at this World Cup has given them one of most dangerous bowling attacks in the competition.
It has been a competition of two halves for the Kiwis who looked to be cruising to knockout stage qualification following their opening 6 games which saw 5 wins and one abandoned fixture leaving them top of the table. Subsequent defeats to Pakistan, Australia and England saw them drop to 4th in the table and qualify for the semi-finals by virtue of a having a better net run-rate than Pakistan. They were unfancied in their semi-final against India but showed real grit and determination to knockout the 2011 winners. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor continue to be the heartbeat of their batting line up whilst the all-round performances of Jimmy Neesham have been integral to their solid showing at the World Cup thus far.
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Both Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have been in fine fettle for England in recent games and they will want to continue their respective runs of form here.
Despite his troubles with injury throughout England’s World Cup campaign, Jason Roy has looked in fine form in every innings he has played.
In what has been his debut tournament for England, Jofra Archer has been a revelation for the hosts. His extra pace and aggression have been difficult for opposition batsmen to deal with regardless of where the game is being played.
Kiwi captain Kane Williamson played one of the all-time World Cup knocks in their semi-final triumph over India and he along with Ross Taylor are the main men as far as the New Zealand batting line-up is concerned.
Trent Boult has been one of the key performers for New Zealand across all formats for a long period of time and the left-arm seamer has enjoyed another strong competition. If New Zealand are to pick up the trophy they will be relying on Boult to put in a big performance here.
Both sides will fancy their chances of lifting the trophy going into this World Cup final with England having produced some stellar results of late and with New Zealand full of confidence following their win over India. The Kiwis possess plenty of personnel in their ranks that are capable of hurting England but the hosts have been imperious in the big moments for a few years now and should get over the line in front of their partisan home crowd. England should just about prevail here at 0.30 with BetXChange.com.
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