The 2019 ICC World Cup has come to its last phase where the hosts England will face New Zealand in the final at Lord’s on Sunday. Both the side have never won the title before. Although New Zealand had reached the final in 2015, England reached after 27 years.
Eoin Morgan led England are considered the favourite, though, no one knows how Kane Williamson-led New Zealand will play. Their openers might not in the form, they have the ability to outplay any team. They have already shown that by defeating India in the first semifinal at Old Trafford.
It will be interesting to see which team will win their first trophy. Here are the three key battles:
1. Kane Williamson vs Jofra Archer
New Zealand openers failed to perform throughout the series which made Kane Williamson nothing but to take the responsibility of scoring – be it for putting up the runs or chasing it. 548 runs from 8 innings, Williamson is the leading run-scorer for his side. No other batsman is even close to him. Although he was seen struggling a bit against India while scoring a 95-ball 67 in the first semi-final at Old Trafford, he still remains the number one batsman for the Kiwis.
On the other hand, there is Jofra Archer who has impressed everyone with the ball. He was the one who dismissed Aaron Finch in a golden duck in the second semi-final of the World Cup at Edgbaston and currently the leading wicket-taker of England with 19 scalps from 10 games. He can be dangerous to the in-form Kane Williamson.
2. Jason Roy vs Trent Boult
Jason Roy, who was earlier out of the squad for a couple of games due to injury, has returned and has been doing wonders in the opening for England. He was the one who made the winning foundation for his side against Australia in the semi-final at Edgbaston, scoring a blistering 85 off 65. His form is vital for his side as he always provides a flying start.
While there is Jason Roy, there is Trent Boult too who was responsible for India’s dismal show in the semi-final at Old Trafford. He is able to provide early breakthroughs to his team and currently has 17 wickets in his name from 9 games, including 2 four-wicket hauls. The Roy-Boult battle will be worth watching.
3. Joe Root vs Matt Henry
England’s Test captain Joe Root is known for giving stability in the middle order. he has also been in formidable form and the highest run-getter for his side with 549 runs from 10 innings. He is even the fourth in the list of leading run-scorers, after Rohit Sharma, David Warner and Shakib Al Hasan. He can certainly change the game single-handedly.
On the other hand, New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry has also been in form who took a three-wicket haul against India in the first semifinal at Old Trafford. He is also able to pick wickets in the crucial time and his spell will be important in the game. It will be interesting to see who will win this battle at Lord’s on Sunday.