London: It’s time to know the champions of the World Cricket Team as England and New Zealand will battle hard to win the title today at the final match in Lords at 3 pm (IST). England will be seen playing on its own motherland with the target of winning the Cup for the first time and the Kiwis’s constant play in the finals.
After thrashing victoriously their opponents in the semi finals, both teams will be playing in the finals today. If New Zealand plays on the confidence after defeating India, England has come after beating the champions Australia. In the preliminary match England defeated New Zealand.
It’s very likely that the team winning the toss will chose to bat first. Lords has been very kind to teams batting first- they have won the last five ODIs played here.The avaerage first innings score over the last 10 ODIs here is 281.4 while it’s only 228.6 for teams batting second.
The Kiwis would be looking to do what they did against India in the semis- take out the top order quickly and put the middle order under pressure. For that, pacers Trent Boult and Matt Henry will have to be as precise and incisive as they were against India.