Are New Zealand Underdogs?

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 14, 2019

New Zealand have had a rollercoaster ride in the World Cup and made the semifinals only on better run rate.

The Black Caps will play England in the Cricket World Cup grand final at 9.30pm tonight.

The World Cup Grand Finale is upon us and a new victor will emerge from the final at Lord's today, which is scheduled to start at 10.30 am local time ( 3 pm IST, 5.30 pm SGT).

"We're in a very good place with our cricket, and like we've shown in the last few games, we're doing pretty well".

"The good faith, support and enthusiasm we've been shown in the tournament has been brilliant". There was a lot of talk before the World Cup about scores of 350 and more.

"It gave us a good kick and pushed us to actually bring out the best in ourselves I think, and that stands us in good stead for the final", he added. "We'd all like to be contenders going into every World Cup and not just an afterthought, as we probably have been before".

Talking about his team, Stead said, "There are a lot of positives but there is a lot of fight and steeliness in the way we have played".

Former Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori revealed what he believes has set the current New Zealand side apart in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. "But whatever dog we are, it's just important that we focus on the cricket that we want to play and we have seen over the years that anybody can beat anybody regardless of breed of dog".

England are in the title match for the fourth time, and the first since 1992, while New Zealand are playing in a second final, after losing to Australia in 2015.

Both teams are likely to be unchanged from their semi-final wins. "(Smiling) Underdogs? Look, we are really looking forward to the occasion and, like I say, the end point and the result, there's a lot of time between now and that point", said Williamson in a more serious tone.

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

"Whether having had experience in a final or not is a good thing". Most of the day should be dry, with sunny spells breaking through by the afternoon.

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