This thriller of a World Cup has reached its final stage and we have our finalists.
Both the sides have played flawless cricket throughout and have displayed a fighting spirit.
With England and New Zealand in the finals, we are all set to witness a new World Cup Champion.
The teams are packed with a side that truly deems to bear the tag of a champion.
As we all wait patiently to witness these two giants lock horns tomorrow, we can’t help but talk about their most memorable matches in WC’s till date.
At present New Zealand hold the World Cup tally in their favour as they have won 5 out of the 9 played matches between these two teams.
Here are few of the memorable encounters between these these two teams in the World Cups:
3. World Cup 2015, Pool A
This day went down in history as one of the darkest days for the English team as they were rattled out for a trifling 123.
That day belonged to the right-arm quick; Tim Southee. Tim recorded his career best figures of 7/33 in 9 overs.
The Kiwi batsmen chased the total in the 13th over and won the match by massive margin of 8 wickets.
That was also the day when Brendon McCullum smashed the fastest ever World Cup fifty, which came in just 18 balls.
2. World Cup 2007, Group C
Another classic encounter between the English side and Kiwis.
After the Kiwis put England to bat first; the side could only manage 209 in 50 overs, with Kevin Pietersen being their star batsman with a score of 60.
The English bowlers were right on money initially as they got 3 quick wickets to push the NZ side on the backseat.
However, it was because of the heroics of Scott Styris and Jacob Oram that saved the NZ side’s blushes and steered them to a comfortable 6 wickets victory over England.
Styris claimed the man of the match trophy with his all-round performance ( 87 runs and 2 wickets).
1. World Cup 2019, Group Stage
Both the sides were regarded as top contenders in this tournament. The sides packed a serious punch and were consistent with their approach on the field.
England won the toss and opted to bat first. Openers; Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow put up a massive 1st wicket stand for 123 runs.
Bairstow went on to score his 2nd consecutive century of the tournament, providing his side with the perfect start.
Later on, the English bowlers knocked out the Kiwis for a total of 186 and claimed the match by 119 runs.
This win also ensured their World Cup Semi final spot. The English side registered a WC win over New Zealand for the first time after 1983.