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World Cup 2019 Final, England vs New Zealand Buildup: New Zealand win toss, opt to bat first

World Cup 2019 Final, England vs New Zealand (Eng vs NZ) Buildup: It took England 27 years to reach the final of the showpiece event and they would like to make the most out of the opportunity in front of their home fans.

World Cup 2019 Final, Eng vs NZ Playing 11 Live: England take on New Zealand in the summit clash at Lords on Sunday. (Twitter/cricketworldcup)

World Cup 2019 Final, England vs New Zealand (Eng vs NZ) Buildup: Hosts England will take on Kane Williamson-led New Zealand unit as both the sides hunt for their maiden World Cup glory in the summit clash at Lords on Sunday. It took England 27 years to reach the final of the showpiece event and they would like to make the most out of the opportunity in front of their home fans.

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New Zealand, on the other hand, will have a shot at redemption after failing to win the title in the previous edition. The team went down in the finals against Australia four years ago. The team will once again look up to their skipper Williamson who has been the standout performer among the Kiwis in the tournament. Leading the side from the front, the skipper has amassed 548 runs in eight innings, which includes two centuries and an equal number of half-centuries.

There is very less chance of weather playing a spoilsport as it is expected to be bright and sunny in London. A full 50-over a side contest is on the cards as rains are unlikely to hinder the match.

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Hare are the playing XIs

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson

New Zealand opt to bat first

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first at the Lord's grassy pitch. Eoin Morgan though says losing the toss won't make any difference at this pitch. 

Pitch Report!

"There's been a bit of rain in the morning. But the sun is out right now and the pitch is bright and hard. A lot greener than expected in a one-day game. This is a pitch with a lot of grass, so there will be early seam movement." - reckons Sourav Ganguly, known for his infamous decision to bowl first in the 2003 final.

Toss delayed!

The toss has been delayed by 15 minutes at Lord's due to heavy rain this morning but the forecast suggests we'll be fine going forward Which nation is about to win their first ever World Cup!? 

Lord's favours team batting first!

All four matches at Lord's in World Cup 2019 have been won by team batting first with the winning margin increasing after every match.
- Pakistan beat SA by 49 runs
- Australia beat Eng by 64 runs
- Australia beat NZ by 86 runs
- Pakistan beat Ban by 94 runs

Sun is out at Lord's

The sun is out at Lord's. It could be a big day for Mitchell Santner. He prised out both Pant and Pandya in the semi-final and showed outstanding control in a world that is mean to wristspinners. Last year by now, he was in the middle of a lengthy rehab after a knee surgery. 

All eyes on the sky!

RAINING IN LONDON?

What happens if ENG vs NZ ends in a tie?

While some fans have wildly guessed if the ICC will have a bowl-out that used to be used as T20 tie-breakers, the rules for the finals are simple and easy in case of a tie.

Wishes pouring in

Lord’s Weather Forecast Today and Pitch Report

There is very less chance of weather playing a spoilsport during the clash between England and New Zealand today. The day is expected to be bright and sunny in London and a complete 50-over a side contest is on the cards as rains are unlikely to hinder the match. [READ MORE]

Ross Taylor's journey back to Lord’s

The boy who would run out to take covers off the pitch at Lord’s before games, the child who would sell scorecards at the famed arena, the teenager who would gulp his breakfast at a nearby hostel and rush out to the most famous cricket stadium in the world — he will now play a World Cup final at the same ground on Sunday. Cricketing dreams don’t get more romantic than that. Ross Taylor is that lucky man. [READ MORE]

Battle of contrasts as ENG, NZ vie for maiden title

England and New Zealand will face off in a historic battle for the World Cup crown at Lord’s in London on Sunday. Neither team have won the title before this, and so a new nation is set to be world champions. This will also be the first final since the 1992 World Cup not involving Australia or India. [PREVIEW]

Hello and Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the LIVE COVERAGE of the World Cup 2019 final match between England and New Zealand. Both the sides are vying for their maiden World Cup glory and it's only a matter of time until we find out who's it going to be. Rain is unlikely to hinder the match as dry and sunny weather is expected in London today. 

PROBABLE XI:

ENG: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

NZ: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson