After 48 games, two of the best teams England and New Zealand will be battling it out for the coveted trophy as they lock horns against each other in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final at Lord's on Sunday. Both teams will be aiming to win their maiden world title. The hosts have reached the finals on three occasions in 1979, 1987 and 1992 respectively but ended up faltering at the final hurdle. Meanwhile, the Kiwis have reached the summit clash for the second consecutive time. They had made it to the finals in the last edition under Brendon McCullum's captaincy but went down to Australia in a lopsided contest. As England will be looking to get fourth time lucky, the Kiwis will be eager to bury the ghosts of 2015.
The underdogs New Zealand had stunned the favourites India in the first semi-final by 18 runs while England demolished their arch-rivals and former champions Australia by eight wickets in the other semi-final.
Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first. Here are the Playing XI of both sides.
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
This time, the Eoin Morgan-led side will be hoping to be fourth time lucky and lift the coveted trophy in their own backyard.
When the two teams had faced off earlier in their group match, the hosts emerged triumphant by a huge margin of 119 runs.