England take on New Zealand in the big final at Lord’s on Sunday, both teams will be eyeing their maiden World Cup title. Last time when both the teams met in the group stage and England defeated New Zealand, breaking a 27-year-old record.
New Zealand beat favourites India to seal the final spot, England thrashed arch-rivals Australia by eight wickets to set up the final date.
England are totted as clear favourites but one can’t underestimate New Zealand, after seeing the quality of cricket they produced to knock out table toppers India in the semi-final.
While both teams have quality bowling attacks, the batting of the New Zealand outfit is something that will definitely bother the Kiwis, especially the poor form of experienced opener Martin Guptill. While his direct hit to dismiss M.S. Dhoni did change the outcome of the semi-final between India and New Zealand, he would wish to give the Kiwis a good start at the top. And there is a positive in there.
To be fair to the Kiwis, while the bowling attack of the two teams looks almost at par on paper, England’s batting has a lot more depth as compared to the Kiwis, and Kane Williamson’s boys will have their task cut out if they are to clean the batting up. But then, on a given day, anything can happen and the New Zealand players will definitely take confidence from their semi-final encounter against India.
New Zealand vs England, World Cup 2019 final: Weather Forecast for London on Sunday
The weather, after troubling the cricketers right through the tournament, is expected to be bright and sunny and that should mean a slight advantage to the batsmen. The wickets to have started to get slower and the bowlers have been using a lot of cutters recently.
A high of 22 C (72 F) is expected on Sunday. Sunny spells are anticipated and it will feel comfortable for fans enjoying the sporting events.
“Fans in open seating areas will want to make sure to have hats, sunglasses and sun cream,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger.