World Cup Final, New Zealand vs England: England's Road To Final
World Cup: New Zealand will hope to avenge a 119-run league stage defeat when they face England in the final on Sunday.
England will look to put their best foot forward when they take on New Zealand in a bid to clinch a maiden World Cup title at Lord's on Sunday. New Zealand too have not won a World Cup ever in their history, with their best being a runners-up finish in the 2015 edition of the ICC mega event. England have played a semi-final clash thrice before and have no impressive record in One-day Internationals at Lord's. Therefore the team that keeps calm in the pressure of the summit clash will be successful in London.
En route to the final, England started their campaign with a comprehensive 104-run win over South Africa at Kennington Oval in London on Thursday.
The hosts suffered a jolt just after a good start and failed to pull off a chase of 349 against Pakistan in Nottingham. The Trent Bridge, a venue where England scored record highest ODI totals twice, saw England suffer a shock 114-run loss to Pakistan.
England revived their World Cup campaign with three consecutive wins over Bangladesh, the West Indies and Afghanistan. The home team swayed all three matches with complete domination as Bangladesh suffered a 106-runs loss, West Indies an eight-wicket defeat and Afghanistan a 150-run humiliation.
However, England's campaign was once again derailed as Sri Lanka and Australia handed them defeats in back-to-back matches.
A 20-run loss to Sri Lanka at Headingley was followed by a 64-runs defeat to defending champions Australia at Lord's. England have not played a single match at Lord's since then.
In their last two league stage matches, England defeated India by 31 runs in Birmingham and New Zealand by 119 runs in Chester-le-Street.
Eoin Morgan-led England avenged their league stage defeat to Australia, with a convincing eight-wicket win in their semi-final encounter at Edgbaston.
In the final, New Zealand will hope to avenge a 119-run league stage defeat when they face the home team again on Sunday.