England have made the Cricket World Cup final for the first time since 1992!
An incredible bowling and batting performance has made sure England will face New Zealand in the tournament’s showpiece event on Sunday.
After a turbulent group stage, England look to have found their feet when it matters, and they are in with a real chance to win the World Cup against New Zealand.
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Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow’s batting masterclass helped England to their first Cricket World Cup final in 27 years. In stark contrast to last year’s performance where England were knocked out in the group stage of the competition, England will treat fans to a World Cup final where champion honours are a major possibility.
England have peaked just at the right time with late group stage wins over New Zealand and India, and yesterday’s victory against group stage winners Australia.
The Black Caps came through one of the most intense matches of the tournament so far. Posting a slightly below par 239 after the reserve day was taken, Boult and Henry set about dismantling the Indian top order.
Three of the inform batsman in the world, Sharma, Kohli and Rahul were all dismissed for one, as they slumped to 5-3 inside four overs. India threatened to recover with some stubborn batting from Ravi Jadeja and MS Dhoni but the damage had already been done.
The Kiwi’s will therefore fancy their chances of defending a total against England. Trent Boult in particular will be dangerous bowling down the Lord’s slope if he can get the ball to swing early in his spell. The left-armer has 17 wickets in the tournament so far and is available to be top wicket-taker in the match at around evens with Grosvenorsport.com.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor will be again be the crucial pair with the bat. Williamson has two hundreds and two fifties in the World Cup so far and is the man New Zealand always turn to when they’re under pressure. If the skipper wins the toss and bats first New Zealand have a great chance of winning at 5/2. Williamson is available at 19/4 to be top scorer in the match.
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