How they made it to the final The journey of both England and New Zealand was a bit different throughout the league stage and it remained that way in the knockouts too, except both teams changed the roles in the semifinals. With Pakistan making late comeback to the tournament, England had their hopes hanging by a thread as late as 30th of June. They had the uphill task of beating India and New Zealand in order to seal a spot in the semifinals. Against the history, they defeated both those teams after 27 years at the world cup and did not just seal their spot in the semifinal; they secured third rank on points table.
New Zealand on the other hand had a league stage full of luck. They were struggling against Bangladesh and the result would have been different had Rahim knocked the stumps properly on that day. Again they narrowly escaped the Braithwaite storm but they rarely found themselves in a situation of being knocked out of the tournament. Despite finishing with equal points as Pakistan, they moved ahead on net run rate. Pakistan must be cursing themselves for not showing a fight against West Indies in the first game of the world cup which turned out to be the game that sent them home in the end.
In the semifinals however the situation changed for both the teams. While England absolutely thrashed the Aussies to storm into the finals, the Kiwis had to work a bit hard. England probably won half of the battle when they knocked the Aussie top order for less than 150 on a wicket where 270 was the par score. New Zealand however had to weather the storm of Ravindra Jadeja. The pair of M.S.Dhoni and Rvindra Jadeja almost stole the game away from them from after being in a situation where it looked almost impossible road ahead.
Venue The final will be played at the iconic Lords cricket ground situated in the city of London. This will be the tenth game of the tournament at this venue. So far, 4907 runs have been scored at the venue at 2019 cricket world cup in 18 innings at a run rate of 5.68.
Players to watch out for
Jofra Archer Who thought that Jofra Archer would be ranked at number three in top wicket takers list at the end of the league phase of world cup when he did not even make it to the initial English squad for the tournament? Well nobody. He was drafted in only as the deadline for final squad submissions approached. Jofra Archer has been a revelation to International Cricket in past three years. After playing his trade at the BBL, he was picked up by Rajasthan Royals at the IPL. He has never looked back since and as he qualified to play for England, he got a late gig against Ireland and immediately proved himself at the highest level. He entered the tournament with an international experience of just four games but it never looked like affecting his performance. Archer can't just rattle the batsman with pace but he can swing the bat when needed too.
Kane Williamson Leaving aside the extras, Kane Williamson have scored 30% of his team's runs at the world cup. Ranked fifth in the world cup with 548 runs in 10 games don't be surprised if he goes past Rohit Sharma and David Warner in the finals. He saved innings for Kiwis throughout the tournament be it against Bangladesh, Afghanistan, South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan, Australia or India in the semifinals. Kane Williamson scored 40 or more runs in each of the innings he played apart from the game against England where he got run out and you know how miserably the Kiwis lost that game. Two man of the match awards, two hundreds and two fifties to go with a couple of 40s meant that it was almost a one man show when it came down to batting for the Kiwis. Knowing Kane, he won't be willing to repeat the mistake he did in the league phase against the same opposition and if the Kiwis are batting first tomorrow, it's up to him to entertain the crowd.
Pitch & Conditions The pitch at lords has produced a lot of runs this season so far. As mentioned earlier, a run rate of 5.68 at the venue during the world cup speaks volumes of it. 8 out of 18 innings so far have produced scores of 300 or more at the venue with a couple of games producing scores of 300 plus in both innings. Weather forecasts have predicted a day with partial clouds and no chance of rain with a bit of humidity around during the course of the game. So expect a full game tomorrow.
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Yes, it's going to be a good match. New Zealand bowlers have done well in the round matches and hope they will perform well against England.
Both the teams have not won the world cup trophy ever in the past. I favour blackcaps more because they have good bowlers and the best fielders in the world. Their players seem to be the fittest players and are in their best form.
England has won the World Cup 2019! Yes, the journey by both the teams-New Zealand and England has been great. England was favourite in the tournament and proved well with their stellar performance and beat Australia in semis to get into the final of the World Cup. Newzealand also played phenomenal cricket all through the tournament and beat India in a thrilling encounter to reach the final. Pakistan and Newzeland tied the point table but Pakistan was beaten by net run rate so Newzealand entered the semis and Pakistan's hopes dashed.
In the final between England and New Zealand, both played well and the match was tied on 241 runs. So the final of world cup 2019 was decided on super over and, England set 16 runs target for NZL. They could score only 15 and the match got tied. Yes, England won despite the tie even in the super over because the maximum number of boundaries decided the winner!