ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final: England, New Zealand eye glory after years of pain

first_imghighlights New Delhi: February 20, 2015. Westpac Stadium. Wellington. England’s ultimate hour of humiliation. Tim Southee takes 7/33, England is decimated for 123. New Zealand chase the total down in just 12.2 overs. It was so bad that even the floodlights for this Day-Night encounter were not on and England fans had not even woken up to catch the match on TV back home. England was eliminated in the first round, New Zealand reached the final where they were beaten by Australia. Four years later, after the humiliation at Wellington, England are in the final and in a divine Act of Providence, they square up against the team which resulted in humiliation and ultimate transformation. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has seen the end of the hegemony of Australia and India. At Lord’s on July 14, there WILL be a new world champion.For England, the final is four years of planning, revamping and total change of outlook to be where they are. After the Wellington humiliation, England transformed into ‘New England’. Gone was the team which played cricket like the 90s. This was an England team that pushed the boundaries of aggression. At the helm of their transformation has been Eoin Morgan, an Irishman. Batsmen like Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes have changed the way England perceive their ODI cricket and their ruthlessness, aggression and fearless cricket make them a sight. Add Joe Root’s solidity and Morgan’s calmness and England’s batting is intimidating.Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood offer pace, accuracy, hostility and guile. Rashid is playing through the pain of a shoulder injury but such is the determination of England to achieve the glory that they are willing to push themselves to the next level. The heartache of 1979, 1987, 1992 and losses in the 2013 Champions Trophy final and the 2016 World T20 are all driving forces for England to shed their tag of ‘perennial underachievers.’ALSO READ | BCCI official confirms MS Dhoni’s retirement news: SourcesAt the other end, the other ‘perennial underachievers’ are showing their alchemy in ICC World Cups. New Zealand, a population of 1/100th of India and a cricket budget which is 1/8th of England, show that on the big stage, there is none better than them. For New Zealand, this is another chance to come out of the giant shadow of the All Blacks, the all-conquering Rugby team considered the greatest sporting team of all time. New Zealand had missed the chance in 2015 in Melbourne. They have a chance in 2019 at the home of cricket.Kane Williamson’s tactical acumen has grown in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, as it was experienced by his batting approach and captaincy during the semi-final against India. Unlike England, Williamson and Ross Taylor are the only batsmen contributing. Martin Guptill and the other batsmen have failed for consistency. In the bowling, there is only Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson who have been impressive with Mitchell Santner showing his worth against India.With so little resources and support, they have had to resort to cunning and New Zealand have mastered that brilliantly. However, on the big stage, can New Zealand handle the pressure and not repeat the mistakes of 2015? The situation is similar. In Melbourne, 93000 Australians were behind the team. Here, 30,000 England supporters and millions outside will be gunning for Morgan’s side to finally shed the underachiever tag. For New Zealand, this is an ideal opportunity to spoil the party and stake their name in the history books.For Eoin Morgan, he might not be tempted to make any changes for the final despite Adil Rashid’s dodgy shoulder. With the Lord’s wicket potentially assisting seam and swing, the team might go unchanged. If the wicket is flat, they could potentially play Moeen Ali in place of Liam Plunkett.EnglandProbable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark WoodNew ZealandWith Matt Henry bowling superbly in Old Trafford, he might stay in the side. Henry Nicholls gave a solid exhibition against India and he might open with Martin Guptill.Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultWho will win?There is desperation for England, having lost in all ICC event finals in the last couple of decades. With the trend of home domination, England will be expected to be the favourites. However, never count out New Zealand but on the big stage, one feels with the team composition, England holds all the aces.Weather and PitchThe forecast in London is fair on Sunday and thus there might not be a need for a reserve day. Lord’s has dished out green pitches in this edition of the tournament.Stadium and TimingsThe encounter will take place at Lord’s in London at 15:00 pm IST local. England has lost three finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992 World Cups.New Zealand lost in the final of the 2015 World Cup.England defeated New Zealand in the league stages of the 2019 World Cup in Durham.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


Berbice man found dead after dousing wife, children with gasoline

first_imgThe body of a Corentyne, Berbice, labourer was on Tuesday morning found in the backlands of Number 36 Village in what is suspected to be a case of suicide.His death came hours after he threw gasoline on his reputed wife and three children before setting their Brighton Village, Berbice home on fire.Dead: Michael LewisDead is Michael Lewis, 34, of Brighton Village. Three cellular phones, his identification card along with one belonging to his wife and injection syringes were found next to his body.On Monday, the man had initially attacked his wife with a hammer to end her life, but she was able to fight him off. According to the traumatized woman, Candacie Khedaroo, 28, Lewis had accused her of infidelity. She said she returned home on Monday after an outing with relatives to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and was greeted with the accusations of infidelity.She told <<<>>>> that Lewis approached her with a hammer in his hand and threatened to kill her in front of their seven-year-old daughter.Khedaroo revealed that she was dragged from the house onto the street.Candacie Khedaroo“When he bring me out there I run and go in my neighbour yard with my children and from there I left my two daughter with my neighbour and go and tell my mother.”She said she and her mother returned to the house in an effort to uplift clothing and other essentials for her children to go to school.According to Khedaroo, her children were sent into the house to uplift their belongings.“We didn’t know that he went inside the house and when they go inside he try to grab them and hear and I run inside. He hold on to them and tell me and me mother that he gon kill all ah we.”She added that within seconds they were all soaked with gasoline and her husband tried to get a lighter out of his pocket but they managed to run out from the house.Candacie’s mother, Bibi Khedaroo, 50, was temporarily blinded when the gasoline hit her eyes.“I pull the shirt that he had on and wipe my face. When he scramble me I din lef him, I scramble on back on him and we fall down and had a scuffle on the ground and I see a stick and pick it up and lash him and then he run away and go and light the house on fire,” he explained.According to her, Lewis remained in the burning building until the fire brigade arrived and then escaped into the backlands.Meanwhile, the mother of three told Guyana Times that at about 20:30h she took her children to their grandmother’s home at Tarlogy for the night after witnessing their home being flattened.With tears settled in her eyes, the young mother said it is painful to learn of Lewis’ death.“I have two children for him and I feel a way but it hurt me what he has done to me. He left me and my children without anything, it is neighbours who give me clothes for my daughters last night,” she said.Neighbours said on many occasions they had to rescue the 28-year-old woman and her children. Relatives told this publication that Lewis and Khedaroo shared a rocky relationship for years.last_img read more