Hosts England have a chance to etch their name in the record books as they look to become the third host nation to win the ICC Cricket World Cup. They are going to take on New Zealand in the final of the showpiece event at Lord’s today.
Both the nations haven’t won the World Cup in their cricketing history and after India and Australia’s ouster, cricket fans will witness a new champion.
New Zealand, like the semi-final, will be big underdogs against a rampant English side who thrashed 5-time champions Australia in the semi-finals. It will be a battle between the destructive batsmen of England and the lethal bowlers of the Kiwis.
The weather may play a spoilsport between the World Cup final between England and New Zealand as it is expected to get rainy. The entire day is subjected to clouds and during the evening there is also a possibility of patchy rain. The maximum temperature estimated is 21 degree Celsius and 16 degree Celsius is estimated to be lowest.
“There’s been a bit of rain in the morning. But the sun is out right now and the pitch is bright and hard. A lot greener than expected in a one-day game. This is a pitch with a lot of grass, so there will be early seam movement,” said cricketer turned commentator Sourav Ganguly ahead of the toss.
England (Playing XI):
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
New Zealand (Playing XI):
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Tom Latham (w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson.