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England Vs New Zealand – CWC Final 2019

England’s batting finally showed its class in a fairly one-sided contest against a new look Australian side.

Despite losing to Australia in the group stage at Lords, England showed just why they were favourites to lift the trophy for the first time at Lords.

As for New Zealand they did the unthinkable and defeated India in a closely contested low scoring thriller, a match which ebbed and flowed and wasn’t over till the 49th over.

With their thrilling victory, New Zealand have entered into the World Cup finals for a second consecutive time.

Opening Pair Comparison
New Zealand have a new opening pair of Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill.

Nicholls looked good during his brief stay at the crease during the game against India, although his tentativeness and his vulnerability to the short will make even the most optimistic Kiwi fans wary.

As for Guptill, he captured the headlines against India by getting out early but compensating for it with a crucial run out of MS Dhoni, just when his team seemed to be heading for the exit.

But with the bat, Guptill has been disappointing. He was one of the highest run getters in the 2015 World Cup but this time around, he has been very ordinary.

Being one of the more experienced players in the squad, Guptill gets his last chance to show his class on the grandest stage of all, the World Cup final at Lords.

England on the other hand have been a resurgent side with the return of Jason Roy. Bairstow has been amongst the runs as well, and they both put on a 100 run stand against a rampant Aussie attack.

One feels that if the Kiwis let Roy and Bairstow bat till the 15th over, the match may already be gone away from their clutches.

Roy and Jonny Bairstow bear the responsibility of scoring the runs at the top of the order and set up a solid platform for the middle order to capitalise on.

Middle Order Comparison
The middle Order of India is heavily dependent on Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.

Even in the match against India, both these batsmen scored the bulk of the runs, and managed to get New Zealand to a competitive total.

However, Kiwi fans will hope that Williamson and Taylor can play their free flowing game and set up New Zealand for a big total. But that can only happen if Guptill and Nicholls give a solid start to the Kiwi innings.

New Zealand will be wary that defending a smallish total against England can spell danger, as the Aussies found out the hard way. 

If these two get out early, then the inexperienced middle order exposes itself. Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin De Grandhomme are all good players, but if Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were to fail, they must be able to stand up and deliver.

Neesham took a blinding catch against India to dismiss Dinesh Karthik while De Grandhomme has shown that he is more than capable with the bat having already bailed New Zealand out on two occasions.

Additionally, both players are handy with the ball, and can chip in with key wickets.

England on the other hand have an experienced middle order who have played together for the last couple years now.

Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler form the formidable four of England’s middle order. Joe Root along with Ben Stokes has been in fine form this Tournament.

Root and Morgan carried the team home in the semi-final against Australia and would like to make a statement of intent with the bat in the final as well.

Jos Buttler is well known for his ability to finish off games in the final ten overs, and he will be raring to go.

If England bat first and get a good start, expect him to come up the order and propel a moderate 300 score to a massive 350 odd score.

Bowlers Comparison
New Zealand have one the best bowling average in this world cup 2019, with all bowlers chipping in with wickets.

Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult are the three pacemen who lead the line with the new ball and at the death. All three of them played a crucial part in their win against India, with Henry and Boult dismantling the Indian top order.

In the middle orders they can rely on the medium pace of Jimmy Neesham and Colin De Grandhomme.

In the spin department, they have Mitchell Santner, making New Zealand a formidable bowling attack, who wasa miserly in the game against India, picking up two wickets in the middle overs as well. 

In Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer, England have considerable bowling depth of their own.

Jofra Archer seems to be getting better each game, becoming the go-to bowler for Morgan to pick up wickets at crucial times.

Woakes himself ran riot through the Australian top order dismissing David Warner and Peter Handscomb.  

In the middle overs, they can rely on the medium pace of Ben Stokes and the spin of Adil Rashid.

Ben Stokes isn’t one to be taken lightly, however the Kiwis will look to take him on during the middle overs once the ball has become old.

Stokes can become a bit predictable at times with his off-cutters and slower bouncers, and New Zealand will look to exploit that area of his bowling.

Adil Rashid was superb in the middle overs against Australia and has been for the last couple of years now.

He bowls with great heart and is not afraid to toss the ball up to the batsman, forcing a drive. He is an aggressive wicket taking option along with the wily Liam Punkett.

England seem to have gotten back their mojo which made them such string favourites for the World Cup.

Our prediction is that England will win the final and lift the trophy at Lords.