Sunday, July 14, 2019

England or New Zealand - Who Will Win World Cup 2019 final today?

The World Cup will witness a first time winner after 23 years
After an exciting month of plays, World Cup 2019 tournament has reached its final. Of the 10 teams that have competed in the tournament, India, Australia, New Zealand, and England have reached the semifinals by being the top four. The tournament this year followed a Round-Robin and a Knock out format in which each team had to play against the other once and the top four teams will qualify for the semifinals.

India stood out to be the first earning 15 points with 7 victories and only 1 loss, Australia stood second earning 14 points with 7 victories and 2 losses, England stood third earning 12 points with 6 victories and 3 losses and New Zealand stood fourth earning 11 points (5 victories and 3 losses). Pakistan stood next to New Zealand with the same points but lower run-rate which made New Zealand qualify. Sri Lanka, South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, and Afghanistan followed with 8, 7, 7, 5, and 0 points respectively.

The Semifinal-1 was organized between the first and fourth position teams, and Semifinal 2 was between second and third position teams. India and Australia that were in first and second positions played against New Zealand and England respectively in Semifinals 1 and 2. Both India and Australia were defeated by the latter teams and the finals will now be between New Zealand and England.

The final of World Cup 2019 will be historic since both New Zealand and England nations never lifted the World Cup Trophy before in the history. England reached the World Cup finals three times before in 1979, 1987, and 1992 where it was defeated by West Indies, Australia, and Pakistan respectively. New Zealand reached WC finals in 2015 and was defeated by Australia losing its chance to win the trophy.

Both the teams comprise of excellent players who are in their best forms. England has Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali, etc. England’s has the best batsmen in the world currently who are performing to the best of their abilities and the bowlers are on par with the batsmen. The team is at its best shape and with their victory over Australia in the Semi-Finals, the team will surely face New Zealand confidently in the finals.

New Zealand comprises of fantastic players like Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, James Neesham, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, etc. The team had won in 5 matches and stumbled along the way a little in the latter half of the leagues. The team is in great shape but failed to perform in some key matches. New Zealand had already lost to England in the Leagues which might make the team plan to perfection and perform with extra caution. While this sounds good in theory, given the past performances of the team, it is not easy to predict the outcome. Sadly, one mistake is all it takes to lose the trophy to a better team.

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