New Zealand (@1.5) vs England (@2.63)
31-10-2019

Our Prediction:

New Zealand will win

New Zealand – England Match Prediction | 31-10-2019 21:00

Ferguson displayed much better skills and is likely to be retained for the Sunday's final against England. Tim Southee was expensive in that game, returning figures of 9-0-70-1, and was replaced by Lockie Ferguson in the semi-final clash against India. Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls will open the batting for New Zealand while skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor will bat at their usual number three and four positions respectively. New Zealand made just the one change to their line-up last time from their heavy defeat to England in their final round-robin game at Chester-le-Street.

They defended the total of 238 runs on the board and restricted the strong and number one batting lineup of Indian side on just 221 runs. We had observed that the performance of the bowling unit of New Zealand side had been outstanding in all matches of this World Cup. Matt Henry was the most economical and successful bowler from their side who got three wickets in his ten overs bowled out against 37 runs. Trent Boult got two wickets in ten overs while he was charged for 42 runs. They also had qualified for the final of this World Cup due to the best performance by their bowling unit. Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, and Colin de Grandhomme had been excellent in this tournament with the ball. They got the three key wickets of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli on the total of just five runs. Mitchell Santner also got two wickets while Lockie Ferguson and James Neesham got one wicket each.

England were clinical with the bat last time out, posting a challenging total of 337 on the board. With 10 points in the bag, the hosts are currently sitting in the fourth place on the CWC 2019 points table after having won five and lost three out of eight matches. After suffering two consecutive setbacks - against Sri Lanka and Australia - England pulled off a convincing 31-run win over India in their last match and have re-ignited their hopes of finishing in the top four.

The team who will win the toss will elect to bat first. A total of more than 290 runs in much difficult to chase here at this venue. We have noticed in some previous matches that pitch in England had been converted into slow after each and every match. The toss is playing an important role in the decision of the all matches of this World Cup as we had seen in all previous played matches.

England

The Kiwis will be playing their second consecutive World Cup final but they will have to show the same level of intensity against England as they showed against India. New Zealand upped their game in the semi-final against India and that should give them plenty of confidence going into this final. They have one of the best bowling attacks in the world and will really fancy their chances if they get rid of England's top order for not many runs on the board. Having said that, the hosts have a formidable batting line-up with the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root all hitting top form. The hosts, however, look superior in both batting and bowling departments, and unless they have a really bad day, we don't think New Zealand can stop them from winning their maiden World Cup title on $ Sunday.

England have now won six of their last eight one-day internationals and the eight-wicket win over Australia the other day at Birmingham was their third consecutive win in the 50-over format. Incidentally, their last ODI defeat came against Australia just a couple of weeks ago - by 64 runs at this very venue during the league phase of the ongoing World Cup. England were clinical with both bat and ball in the semi-final, knocking the Aussies over for 223 before chasing their target inside 33 overs.

Given the conditions at the Lord's, the home team is unlikely to deviate from its current strategy of going in with a five-man pace attack and just the one specialist spinner in Adil Rashid. They have been unchanged since their last three matches, and since they have won all three of those, there seems very little reason for them to tinker with their winning combination. England do not have any injury scares ahead of their title bout against New Zealand.

We have also picked Job Buttler and think he could be a big point scorer for us. Jonny Bairstow is in superb form after his hundred against India so he is an obvious choice. Wicketkeeper: Three excellent wicketkeeper-batsmen are available in this category out of which we have picked two. The ground at Chester Le Street suits his style of play and his record against New Zealand is very good also.

Their match against the latter was one of the biggest upsets of the 2019 World Cup. England is all set to take on New Zealand in the 41st match of the ICC World Cup 2019. They lost to Australia and Sri Lanka. England managed to beat India in their previous encounter and seem to have their dreams of winning the cup intact. Beating India has not only given England a chance to advance further in the championship but also given their confidence a much-needed boost. It was a first loss for India in this edition of the ICC World Cup 2019.

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The hosts have fared well at this ground in ODIs and we are backing them to secure a couple more points and seal their semi-final spot. So a loss here for the home team will leave them in a rather precarious position. England, however, have garnered plenty of confidence after their fine win against India whereas the Kiwis have lost all their momentum with back-to-back losses. This is a crucial game for both the teams as the winner will confirm a place in the semi-finals. England will be under slightly more pressure as they currently have 10 points in their kitty while New Zealand have 11.

After suffering two consecutive setbacks - against Sri Lanka and Australia - England pulled off a convincing 31-run win over India in their last match and have re-ignited their hopes of finishing in the top four. With 10 points in the bag, the hosts are currently sitting in the fourth place on the CWC 2019 points table after having won five and lost three out of eight matches. England were clinical with the bat last time out, posting a challenging total of 337 on the board.

Nicholls failed to make the most of his opportunity being dismissed for 8 runs after consuming 20 deliveries, and it remains to be seen whether the Kiwis will give him another shot or bring back Munro. Matt Henry will likely return for this crucial encounter against England, if New Zealand decide to go in with just the one spinner in Mitchell Santner. New Zealand made a couple of changes to their side in their heavy defeat to Australia last time out; they dropped opener Colin Munro and fast bowler Matt Henry for Henry Nicholls and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi respectively.