ICC World Cup 2019, Final: England vs New Zealand, Lord’s – New Zealand’s Predicted Playing XI
It’s England vs New Zealand, the grand finale of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the iconic Lord’s Stadium on July 14 (Sunday). Many cricketing aficionados had termed it a wonderful sight for crickets biggest spectacle since 1996 when Sri Lanka trounced Australia in Lahore. It is all about that world cricket will witness a new title holder.
Kiwis had their luck to make it to the semi-finals, but what they actually produced in the knockout fixture against India, had been a fascinating story to narrate. Skipper Kane Williamson had led his team from the front which also saw Ross Taylor doing his job without making any fuss.
In the bowling department against semis, Matt Henry rose to the occasion by producing a quality spell alongside smiling assassin, Trent Boult. Now, they’re set to face hosts England in London – to lay hands on their maiden World Cup trophy.
Let’s have a look at New Zealand’s predicted playing XI for the final at Lord’s:
Martin Guptill had miserably failed in the World Cup. He has managed to score 167 of nine innings at an unhealthy average of 20.88. But, the storyline has been that skipper has trusted his ability.
The star batsman might have struggled against India in the semis by scoring a run off 14 deliveries, however, he will get a massive opportunity to bring glory. Guptill has already done that in the past. Having all the shots in his book, once he would settle down, it would be difficult for the opposition to stop him from scoring runs freely.
The only change we expect in Kiwis playing XI will be Colin Munro in place of Henry Nicholls, who despite showing resistance, had to make way for the explosive top-order batsman.
Munro averages 25 in six innings after scoring 125 runs. He will be keen to smoke the ball out of the park right from the get-go.
Kane Williamson is the backbone for the Black Caps cricket team. The composed and an ace batsman Kane is the leading run-scorer for Kiwis with 548 runs in eight innings.
His average of 91.33 is enough to reflect on how he had shown resistance in the English testing conditions.
In the semis, he had played a responsible knock of 67 on a double-paced surface.
The middle-order batsman Ross Taylor is the second leading run-scorer for Kiwis with 335 runs. Whenever the team had struggled, Taylor backed himself to rotate the strike apart from making most of the loose deliveries.
Taylor had an onus on his shoulders to deliver in the grand finale.
The wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham might have failed in the semis, but he is one of the best players of spinning bowling.
In the middle-order, Latham’s stay at the wicket would become crucial for Kiwis point of view while considering Adil Rashid as a threat.
Latham has an opportunity to prove his credentials after having a rough tournament.
Kiwis all-rounder Jimmy Neesham had a wonderful time both with bat and ball. The quality played had 213 runs in seven innings at an average of 35.50.
With his medium pace bowling, Neesham had scalped 12 wickets in nine fixtures. He is ready to make an impact in the mega finale on Sunday (July 14).
Colin de Grandhomme:
Another exciting all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme hadn’t had much success with the bat. He managed 174 runs in seven innings at an average of 24.86. Also, in nine matches, Grandhomme had bagged five wickets.
So, overall, it will be a major opportunity for Grandhomme to become a hero of the final.
The only recognised spinner in Kiwis playing XI will be Mitchell Santner.
Despite six wickets in nine matches, Santner had made good use of his variations to stem the run flow. In the middle overs, he had troubled the batsmen with wickets equally helping the thinking bowler.
The paceman Matt Henry had done a fantastic job by dismissing in-from Indian openers in the semis. In his quota of 10 overs, Henry had conceded 37 runs to claim three prized scalps.
Henry is the man who had actually won half-of-the-battle for the Black Caps against the Men in Blue.
Overall, Henry had bagged 13 wickets which included a four-for in his eight matches.
Boult, who has two four-wicket hauls to his name, has snared 17 scalps in nine matches. He had already bagged a hat-trick against Australia in the league stage encounter.
Again, an enticing battle is on cards in the World Cup final.
Lockie Ferguson might have picked a wicket of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the semis, but his story has been altogether different. He has bowled his heart out by making good use of short stuff.
Ferguson is the leading wicket-taker for Kiwis with 18 scalps in nine matches.
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