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After humbling the mighty Australian by 8 wickets the host England reached closer to the claim the title, though in the previous 3 occasions they were unsuccessful. Their counterpart in the final the current runners up, Newzealand also stumbled upon 3 times, including their league stage humiliating defeat at Chester-le-Street on Jul 3, 2019, against their today’s counterpart of the final by 119 runs, where England managed to score 305 runs, as their opening partnership made 123 runs.
Today for the big match weather is predicted to be generous enough, sunny sky and warm weather throughout the day with little rain in the evening; it is expected to be an uninterrupted match.
Lord’s pitch generally doesn’t incline too much to either toward bowling or batting, there’s a little for both. Considering the last four matches’ results, the team winning the toss should bat first.
England and Newzealand faced each other a total of 86 matches, in which Newzealand is leading narrowly, 43 to 41. Also, Newzealand leading slightly in their previous world cup encounters, 5 -4.
England currently, concerning batting is in such excellent and unprecedented form if we consider logically it is obvious who is the favorite of the two. But after all, cricket is cricket, we cannot predict for sure unless their opponents are weaklings. English opening pair put together 548 runs in 6 innings averaging 91.33 of strike rate with four hundred plus partnerships. Much depends on the first down Joe Root, England expects much from him, with 2 centuries in this tournament, the England Test captain is a consistent performer. Eoin Morgan, the England Captian, and Ben Stokes should play their part well, they should leave a formidable total for the middle order and all-rounders. English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler also need to contribute more, his century which is overshadowed by their defeat in the hand of Pakistan, in this crunch match it is of him to repeat that.
English Bowling: For the Lord turning wicket Moeen Ali should be brought back in place of Liam Plunkett.with a mixture of fast bowling and spin, England has a formidable bowling attack. To win they should remove Kane Williamson and struggling Guptill early. Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, with spinner Adil Rashid partner with Moeen Ali and part-time contribution from Joe Root, the English bowling attack has much to offer.
The predicted eleven: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, and Mark Wood.
Newzealand XI: Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson are in excellent form, Martin Guptill is struggling, his match-winning direct throw to dismiss Dhoni made possible to get their place in the final but the leading run scorer of world cup 2015 need to contribute more, as he is capable of doing so. Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham are very good batsmen and Santner’s contribution may come handy for the team.
Henry and Boult with balls, should repeat what they did in their match against India. Lockie Ferguson is handy enough in all stages of the match. Mitchell Santner with his left-arm spin may play a key role in the middle of the innings. Neesham and De Grandhomme can support with their medium pace bowling.
Predicted Xi: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(WK), James Neesham, Colin De Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, and Trent Boult.