Saturday, July 13, 2019

Road to Final : See England and New Zealand's journey to the Final

So the biggest battle of cricket is going to happen between England and New Zealand on 14th July, 2019 at the Lord's. Both the teams have never won the world cup so there will be do or die contest for both the teams and they are going to fight with the last breathe.

Both the teams had faced ups and downs in this world cup 2019 as both the teams were in great form in the initial stage of the tournament. In between, they both lost the command in the tournament and not sure to reach  in the semi finals.

In semi final 1, New Zealand beat India by 18 runs with great bowling performance while in semi final 2, England hammered Australia by 8 wickets with total command in the game. So have a look on the journey of both the teams and look at how they reached to the semis.

England's journey in world cup 2019

England's tour started on 30th May, 2019 in the world cup 2019 by playing against South Africa. South Africa was very strong team and was one of the top contender of world cup. South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl first. England made 311 runs on the board in 50 overs losing 8 wickets. Ben Stokes made 89 runs in that match. In reply, South Africa just managed to make 207 runs and England won by 104 runs.

England's second match was against Pakistan. England won the toss and decided to bowl first. The decision went wrong and Pakistan put 348 runs on the board. England in reply batted well but manages to reach to 334 runs losing the game by 14 runs.

Third match was against Bangladesh. England made 386 runs on the score board batting first. This was the third consecutive 300+ score of England in the world cup. In reply to the biggest run chase Bangladesh made 280 runs and England won the match by 106 runs.

After these 3 big games, England had to take on against West Indies, one of the contender in initial stage of the game. England restricted West Indies team to 212 with some excellent bowling performances. England chased down the score easily  in 33.1 overs and losing 2 wickets only. England won the match by 8 wickets.

In the fifth game, England thrashed Afghanistan by excellent batting of Captain Morgan. England made biggest total of world cup 2019 in form of 397 runs on the board. In reply, Afghanistan just made 247 runs to make England winner by 150 runs. Till this match England was looking superb and everyone thought that England will reach to semi finals very easily.

The next match was with Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was not in the good form and it was looking that England will easily win the match. But Sri Lanka made the upset with great bowling from Malinga and defended the small total of 232 runs. England just made 212 runs and lost the match by 20 runs. This was the big blow to English team as it continued in the next match against Australia.

Australia made 285 runs while batting first while England just could manage about  221 runs getting defeated by 64 runs. From this stage of the tournament England became uncertain for the tournament and to reach in the semi final, England had to win both the remaining matches.

The next match was very important for England as it was against India and England must have to win the game to keep alive it's journey in the world cup. Indian team was in the great form and it was very hard to beat India as England was getting out of form at that stage. England batted first and made 337 runs losing 7 wickets in 50 overs. It was also a difficult task to stop India chasing that total as Indian batting was very strong. But English bowlers did the job and restricted India to 306 runs. England won the match by 31 runs and kept their hope alive to reach to the semis.

The last group match was against the second finalist, New Zealand. This was the must win game for both the teams. England made 305 runs while batting first and put strong contender ship to win the match. In reply, New Zealand batting just crashed like palace of cards and just made 186 runs on the score board. England won the match by 119 runs and reached to semis.

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New Zealand's journey in world cup 2019

New Zealand started it's journey on 1st June, 2019 by taking on with Sri Lanka at Cardiff. New Zealand just crushed Sri Lankan team in the very first match. Sri Lanka made just 136 runs on the board while batting first and chased down the small target very easily without losing a single wicket. New Zealand won the match by 10 wickets and was one of the major reason to have high run rate which was going to help them in later stage of the tournament.

The second match was against the Bangladesh and New Zealand managed to win the game by 2 wickets at the end. Bangladesh made 244 runs while batting first and New Zealand reached to the destination in 47.1 overs losing 8 wickets.

After beating Bangladesh, New Zealand also won it's third match very easily beating Afghanistan by 7 wickets. Afghanistan made 172 runs while batting first and New Zealand won the match just losing 3 wickets in just 32 overs. This was against run rate booster match for New Zealand.

The fourth match was against Indian team and match was called off because of heavy rain and both the teams rewarded with 1-1 points. This also helped kiwi team to get the one important point.

The next battle was between South Africa. South Africa was out of the tournament and playing to save the reputation. SA batted first and made 241 runs in 49 overs match. One over was deducted from both side as rain took time to stop. New Zealand chased the target and made 245 runs losing 6 wickets in 48.3 overs. NZ won the match by 4 wickets.

After beating South Africa, it was time to take on with West Indies team. New Zealand batted first and made 291 runs in 50 overs. In reply to the chase, West Indies almost reached to the target by making 285 runs. This was one of the closest chase of world cup 2019. New Zealand won the match by 5 runs. Very close and thrilling encounter that was.

New Zealand had reached to 11 points and it was looking that NZ will make the place in semi final easily. But that not happened very easily as Kiwi team lost their last 3 matches. NZ lost against Pakistan by 6 wickets, against Australia by 83 runs and as discussed earlier against England by 119 runs.

New Zealand and Pakistan stood on the same place with 11 points. But net run rate of kiwi team was very high, thanks to early matches, than Pakistan. So New Zealand qualified for the semi finals.

So this was the journey of both the teams and a picture that how both the teams reached to the semi final. Stay tuned for the final match report and result with website and for more 15 August Images.