The 2019 World Cup has reached its climax. Lord’s will host the final of the mega event and will also witness a new winner this time. England and New Zealand, the third and fourth placed teams in the league stage respectively, stunned the top sides India and Australia in the semi-finals to book their place in the title clash. While the Kiwis kept their nerves in a thriller against the Men in Blue, the hosts swatted aside the defending champions at Edgbaston.
History beckons at the Lord’s on Sunday as either England or New Zealand will win the trophy for the first time ever. Both the sides have momentum on their side but the way Eoin Morgan and his men played the second semi-final, it was nothing less than a strong statement ahead of the final. But not many the Kiwis a chance to play the final and as usual, by punching above their weight, they are here. Kane Williamson‘s troops would be happy to take the field as the underdogs again.
Both the teams are expected to not make any changes in their respective line-ups which won them the semi-final unless last minute injuries disturb their plans.
The 2nd Semi-Final of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between New Zealand and England at Lord’s in London.
The match starts at 10:30 AM local time (09:30 AM GMT) (3:00 PM IST).
Reserve day is available for this match.
The game will be live on Star Sports. Live streaming available on Hotstar.
The rain has played a huge role throughout the World Cup but the sun will be out to witness the epic final at Lord’s on July 14. The game will get underway with no cloud cover and though it will be cloudy in the afternoon, there are no chances of rain.
The pitch at Lord’s has been on the slower side throughout the World Cup. The spinners and the variations from the pacers will be crucial on this surface and it goes without saying that the team winning the toss will opt to bat first.
Average first innings score: 288 (Last four matches at the venue)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 0; Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
Bench – Tom Blundell, Tim Southee, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Bench – Tom Curran, Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, James Vince.
Henry Nicholls didn’t field in the semi-final against India due to a hamstring injury but is expected to be fit for this match.
Jonny Bairstow has scored three centuries in the last three ODIs against New Zealand. In the league stage outing against the Kiwis, the opener slammed 106 runs off 99 deliveries.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Jason Roy, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow
Vice-Captain Options: Ben Stokes, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Wicket-keeper – Tom Latham
Batsmen – Jonny Bairstow (VC), Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson (C)
All-Rounders – James Neesham, Mitchell Santner
Bowlers – Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Trent Boult.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:
Wicket-keeper – Jos Buttler
Batsmen – Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy (C), Martin Guptill (VC), Kane Williamson
All-Rounders – James Neesham
Bowlers – Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson.
The left-arm seamers have a huge benefit bowling at Lord’s due to the slope and Trent Boult could be considered for a multiplier option in the grand league.
The team batting first will have the advantage. Going by form, England are expected to win.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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