After quite a lot of world-class cricket performances, we will see 2015 finalists New Zealand locking horns with hosts England in the 2019 Cricket World Cup Final.
New Zealand reached the final after upsetting tournament favourites India in the first semifinal. England, on the other hand, thrashed defending champions Australia in the second semi to reach their first World Cup final since 1992.
It is going to be a truly heavy-weight clash and there are no real favourites in tomorrow’s encounter at the fabled Lord’s.
But it should be interesting to see if the pressure to win badly would get to either side tomorrow.
New Zealand (Probable XI): Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matthew Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
England (Probable XI): Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Kane Williamson vs Jofra Archer
Kane Williamson is the mainstay of the Kiwi line-up and carries the responsibility of leading the team and the batting line up.
The New Zealand skipper is a prolific batsman and has an enviable record of having amassed as much as 6103 runs from 148 matches. This comes at an average of 48.06 and at a very decent strike rate of 82.02.
The Kiwi talisman is primarily responsible for anchoring the innings and has been in golden nick in this World Cup edition, having scored a mammoth 548 runs.
Jofra Archer has burst into the international scene with some fiery bowling performances off late.
The Barbadian pacer was in the West Indies Under-19 team, and has been rather successful in reining in the batsmen since being a part of the English framework.
He has already taken the tournament by storm with his blazing spells in this edition.
Archer has 22 wickets already from a mere 13 matches at an excellent average of 23.95. The economy rate of 4.67 is exceptional.
This battle has the potential of being the blockbuster kind, and we feel that Williamson might have a slight edge on the Lord’s wicket.
Trent Boult vs Joe Root
Trent Boult has been a vital cog in the New Zealand bowling attack over the years. The left arm Kiwi pacer is adept at testing batsmen on all surfaces, and is an excellent fielder.
From 88 ODI matches, Boult has managed to prise out 164 wickets at a good average of 24.66. His economy rate is merely 5.03 and on the lower side, and speaks volumes about his ability and control.
Boult has managed to produce prodigious swing throughout this tournament and will be a definite force to reckon with, especially at the start of the innings.
Joe Root is currently one of the best batsmen in international cricket. The technically adept man from Yorkshire has a dogged mentality about him, and is capable of carrying the host nation on his broad shoulders.
He is the pick of the batsmen in the England lineup and hence his country anticipates consistently brilliant displays from Root in the nation’s quest to lift the World Cup for the first time in its history.
Root is a prolific batsman and has an enviable record of having scored as much as 5849 runs from 141 matches. This comes at a phenomenal average of 51.76 and a good strike rate of 87.66.
The battle between Boult and Root is billed to be an intriguing one. However, Root has been in red hot form so far, and has taken the tournament by storm by plundering 549 runs.
Boult might find it a bit tough against the swash-buckling English batsman who starts off by treading ever so cautiously. But the Kiwi bowler could outsmart Root with his prodigious inswingers.
Hence, we expect Boult to come up trumps in this particular contest.
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This game is very tricky to predict. The Kiwis would not be lacking in motivation to win their first ever World Cup title.
But, if New Zealand are to beat England, who are incidentally gunning for their first World Cup title too, Williamson’s men will have to bring their A-game at Lord’s.
Team Cricwizz predicts that hosts England would prevail over 2015 finalists New Zealand tomorrow, and win the World Cup for the first time in history.