Man of the Match: Ben Stokes
Time to crown a brand new World Cup Champion
Our prediction is England will win the match and lift the CWC2019!
England team has played an excellent brand of aggressive cricket and reaches the finals of the CWC2019. They suffered a mini-hiccup in group stages with their losses against Sri Lanka and Australia. Jason Roy`s return boosted the momentum of England and he has shared three consecutive 100+ run opening partnerships in the last three matches. Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, and Ben Stokes are excellent form in the middle order piling up a lot of runs consistently. England has the best batting line-up of the tournament so far.
Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer form a formidable new-ball bowling attack capable of making early inroads in the opposition`s batting line-up. Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, and Ben Stokes add variety to the seam bowling unit in the middle over’s with their variations. Adil Rashid will be their lone frontline spinner in the squad and his 3 wickets caused a collapse in the Aussie middle order in the semi-finals. England will be looking to clinch their maiden World Cup trophy on their home soil.
New Zealand has always performed more than their expectations in the big stages and they were the dark horses in the tournament. New Zealand put a spirited performance to beat a strong Indian team in the semi-finals. Skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made a fighting 50+ knocks to take their team to a respectable total of 239 runs on a tough track. The form of openers is the biggest worry for the New Zealand team at the moment with both Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls struggling.
Trent Boult and Matt Henry bowled a fiery opening spell to leave Indian top order reeling at 5/3, then at 24/4 at the end of the powerplay. Lockie Ferguson and Mitchell Santner maintained the scoreboard pressure throughout the middle overs without giving away any easy runs. New Zealand fielding was exceptional last match and was a perfect foil for their bowling unit on a low scoring match.
Kane Williamson – Williamson is the fulcrum of the Kiwi batting line-up and his responsible knocks have taken his team to good fighting totals. He has stabilized the batting line-up every time after an early wicket of openers.
Trent Boult – Trent Boult is one of best swing bowlers in the World cricket currently. Trent Boult dismissed the Indian captain Virat Kohli in his first over to derail India `s chase in the semi-finals.
Kane Williamson - 548 runs, Avg. - 91, Strike rate – 78, HS -148, 100s-2, 50s -1
Lockie Ferguson – 18 wickets, Economy – 4.9 RPO, BB - 4/37
Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wk), Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls
Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Matt Henry, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, KS Williamson, Lockie Ferguson, Ross Taylor, James Neesham
Jason Roy – Jason Roy has scores of 60, 66 & 85 in the three matches after his return from injury. His aggressive style of batting has upset the rhythm of the bowlers early in the match and has helped other batsmen to play freely around him.
Jofra Archer – Jofra Archer is the X-factor bowler for the England team and he has taken 19 wickets so far in the tournament. Jofra Archer is an exceptional bowler who can swing the ball at a good pace and also bowl a deadly bouncer.
Joe Root - 549 runs, Avg. - 68, Strike rate – 92, HS -107, 100s -2, 50s - 3
Jofra Archer – 19 wickets, Economy – 4.6 RPO, BB - 3/27
Eoin Morgan(C), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (Wk), Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer
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|J Chioke Archer||10.0||0||32||2||3.2|
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Liam Plunkett, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Eoin Morgan, Jofra Chioke Archer, Ben Stokes, CR Woakes
Lord`s will be using a fresh pitch for the finals and we can expect a bit of swing and seam movement for the fast bowlers with the new ball. We can expect scores in the range of 270-280 runs in this match. The match day weather promises to be bright and clear with 10-20% chances of rain.
Both teams will look to bat first and put pressure on the opposition in the big matches. Chasing becomes very difficult in the finals with big expectations and prize at stake. Even moderate totals will be hard to chase.
England is looking like a team on a mission with all their bases covered. They entered the tournament as favorites and lived up to their expectations reaching the big finals on their home soil. New Zealand surprised the Indian team with a shock defeat in the semi-finals and is playing their second consecutive finals. We expect England to win this nail-biting finale of the 2019 World Cup.