Today at Lord’s, the host England will face the underdog team of this ongoing world cup, New Zealand.
No matter who wins between these two teams but one thing is for certain that the crown will go to a team who has never won the World Cup before.
It will be England vs New Zealand-The World Cup finals. From the two, one of them will get their hands on this trophy and will be called the champion of the world; others will have to wait for another 4 years.
Hosts England was the Pre-Tournament hot favorites while New Zealand is the surprise package in this World Cup
England has lost 3 matches in the group fixtures against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia. On the other side is New Zealand who was phenomenal in the first half of the World Cup.
They got tied on 11 points with Pakistan but made it to the last four on the back of a better run rate.
England then avenged their group-stage defeat to Australia in a one-sided semi-final contest to enter the final for the 4th time, while the Blackcaps defeated India in a two-day long rain-interrupted semi-final clash.
England and New Zealand have faced each other 90 times so far in an ODI format, from which the Kiwis have won on 43 occasions while England has tasted victory 41 times. 2 matches got tied between them while 4 other games ended in no result.
Talking about just the World Cups, the two rivals have encountered each other 9 times in the showpiece event.
In The recent clash between them in the league fixture of the world cup 2019 in Leeds England crushed New Zealand by 119 runs to get them a semi-finals berth.
Previous famous World cup encounters between England and New Zealand
1975 World Cup: England thrashed New Zealand by 80 runs
On the first edition of the World Cup, when the two teams met, Keith Fletcher remained unbeaten at 131. He took England to a total of 266 for 6. New Zealand lost all of their wickets for 186 as Greig picked up four wickets.
1992 World Cup: New Zealand beat England by 7 wickets
It was a clash between the two unbeaten sides of the tournament. In the new format of the World Cup, the team donned colored jerseys and the game was changed to 50-over format from 60 overs. England was spearheaded by Alec Stewart after regular captain Graham Gooch missed the game to a hamstring injury.
Graeme Hick (56), Stewart (41) and Robin Smith (38) took England to 200 for 8 in 50 overs. In New Zealand’s chase Andrew Jones scored 78 but Martin Crowe stood tall till the end on 73 as the Kiwis won the match with 55 balls to spare.
And even this time with one of the best bowling lineup in the world, New Zealand’s are the Prime Favorite to win this world cup.
Every cricket lover should watch England vs New Zealand-The World Cup finals today.