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We are there after all. The cricket’s biggest stage – the final of the ICC World Cup 2019. After a fierce regime that lasted over one and a half month, 45 gruelling league matches and 2 semifinals, it has all come down to two teams – hosts England who will take on New Zealand in an epic finale on Sunday. The ‘Mecca of Cricket’ – Lord’s will play host to the occasion when the Cricketing world will get a new champion for the first time in the competition 44-year-old history.
TOSS – The toss will take place at 2:30 PM.
Time: 3:00 PM
Venue: Lord’s, London
Broadcast: The match between England and New Zealand will be broadcasted live on Star Sports network and Hotstar.
Road to Finals
The Black Caps started their World Cup 2019 campaign in style topping the group for the better part of the first six games. However, the team’s form dipped towards end of the group stage, losing the last three matches. The last one was a massive 119 run defeat at the hands of their eventual finalists England. New Zealand just about made it to the knockouts, courtesy a run rate superior than Pakistan.
Quite naturally, everyone wrote them off in their crunch semi final against India. But very few knew that the team had saved their best performance for the end. The Kiwis read the condition perfectly, scored a decent score of 240 (especially considering their poor start in the first innings), and most importantly defended the total with utmost perfection. They were superior with the bat, ball, and in the fielding that their ODI No.1 ranked opponents.
England, on the other hand, too had a mixed group stage. They won big games like those against India and New Zealand, but lost relatively easy fixtures against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The hosts found consistency towards the end of the campaign and they have built decisively on it.
The highlight of their campaign has to be the 8-wicket semi final triumph over familiar foes Australia. The home team had been humbled by the Kangaroos twice earlier (in Group stage and Warmup). Add to that their past history in the competition and the odds that were stacked against them were really high.
However, what transformed on field was a marauding performance. The Three Lions bowled out Australia for a measly 223 runs. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow came all guns blazing in the second innings to win the game within just 33 overs.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (C), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Jimmy Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor.
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (C), Joe Root, James Vince, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Liam Dawson, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes, and Tom Curran
ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction team tips
Wicketkeeping: Tom Latham and Jos Buttler are both equally talented wicketkeepers. However, considering Latham’s economical credits and Buttler’s coming on late in the innings means the Kiwi should get your approval.
Batting: The likes of Jason Roy, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, and Joe Root are the obvious choice considering their performances in the tournament.
All-Rounder: Ben Stokes will be a mainstay in almost every Dream11 team and that is not surprising. Mitchell Santner can be your other all-rounder, considering his role in the team. If at all he plays, Moeen Ali can also be a good option.
Bowling: The two teams boasts of some of the most of the lethal bowlers in the competition so far. However, we’ll go with three of the best ones on offer – Trent Boult, Jofra Archer, and Adil Rashid. While the first two are obvious choices, the latter makes sense because he is the lone spinner who also knows a thing or two about batting. Add to that his economical credit score of 8 and he becomes a smart move. Having said that, one can also swap Boult with Lockie Ferguson. HOwever, considering the Kiwi batsmen’s dismal performances in the competition, it is advised that you bet on English bowlers.
ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction team
Tom Latham, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson, Ben Stokes, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer.