After 47 matches, we are left with two teams. The 2019 ICC World Cup is close to finding out the Champion. And this time, it will be a new winner because both New Zealand and England are yet to win the title. It will be the first time since 1996 that cricket will witness a new World Champion.
Both sides have surpassed expectations to reach here. New Zealand qualified for the semis only on net run rate. Even in the last-four, they stunned favourites India to make it to their second consecutive WC final. As for England, this is a culmination of their four-year dedicated planning and execution. The way they clinically dismantled Australia in the semis showed that England are ready to play their best game.
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The Kiwis have centered their campaign around Kane Williamson. The Black Caps’ captain has waged a lone battle with the bat. Martin Guptill continues to struggle at the top. Ross Taylor, their best batsman over the past four years, has also failed to click.
The bowling front has been led by Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult. With ample support from Matt Henry and James Neesham, New Zealand look well settled.
Barring the hiccup in the league phase, England have played like Champions. The hosts are back to being their aggressive best with the bat. A lot of credit has to go to Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow for their quick starts.
Joe Root’s calm influence has worked wonders, with England’s number three managing to keep the innings together. With the ball, it is the exciting pace duo of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood leading their attack.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Joe Root has accumulated 549 runs in the tournament, with an average of 68.62. His calm nature deserves a place in your final XI.
Jason Roy has five 50+ scores in this World Cup from six innings. With a SR of 117.03, Roy is an X-factor for England and your fantasy side.
James Neesham has been excellent with his all-round displays for New Zealand. With 213 runs and 12 wickets, the all-rounder deserves a place in your fantasy side.
New Zealand are likely to include Colin Munro.
New Zealand: 1 Colin Munro 2 Martin Guptill 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Ross Taylor 5 Tom Latham (WK) 6 James Neesham 7 Colin de Grandhomme 8 Mitchell Santner 9 Matt Henry 10 Lockie Ferguson 11 Trent Boult.
England are likely to use the same line-up from the semis.
England: 1 Jason Roy 2 Jonny Bairstow 3 Joe Root 4 Eoin Morgan (C) 5 Ben Stokes 6 Jos Buttler (WK) 7 Chris Woakes 8 Liam Plunkett 9 Adil Rashid 10 Jofra Archer 11 Mark Wood
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