The 2019 Cricket World Cup will draw to a close at Lord’s on Sunday night when the host nation, resounding favourites in head to head betting, face an impressive New Zealand side.
Both sides have recorded impressive wins, as well and three losses during the Group stage, and both showed plenty of resolve to eliminate Australia and England respectively in the semi-final stage.
The right appeared to be on the wall for New Zealand when they lost a few early wickets and ultimately scored only 239 against India, but some outstanding bowling that resulted in the cheap wickets of several key batsmen paved the way for a memorable win.
England had Australia on the ropes immediately and didn’t let up, cruising to an eight-wicket win. They have clearly felt the weight of tournament favouritism, but ultimately they have been excellent and would not look out of place lifting the Cricket World Cup.
One thing that is certain is that a new World Cup champion will be crowned. Neither England nor New Zealand have won Cricket’s major one-day prize previously and that is sure to add a little more to what is already going to be an outstanding contest.
My pre-tournament preview put New Zealand on top at $10 and I am more than happy to double down in the final, at current prices. It also suggested backing New Zealand to reach the final at $4.50, so we therefore have that one in the bank already. For New Zealand to win, every player is going to need to stand up and the senior group need to lead from the front. That is echoed in the tips below.
New Zealand to Win @ $3.50
Kane Williamson New Zealand Top Runscorer @ $3
Trent Boult New Zealand Top Wicket Taker @ $3.75
Jonny Bairstow England Top Runscorer @ $4
New Zealand Over 3.5 Runs 1st Over @ $1.83