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The final is at Lord's on Sunday. Weather is supposed to be good so expect a full game. 

 

After 1 and 1/2 months of cricket and rain, we have the two best teams competing for the coveted world title. Since neither team has won the cup before, we will see a first-time winner. :dance:

 

NZ impressed with its strategic approach. Won the games it needed to get into the SF at the frontend and then picked up its game in the pressure match. Bowling and fielding have been outstanding, helped by tactics such as to have more men than usual in the catching positions. Batting needs to click, but Lord's could provide the opportunity to bat well. 

 

Eng is the poster boy of aggressive, positive and fearless cricket, which makes ODI cricket exciting and watchable. Excessive rains created conditions that did not suit its style of play but the team was quick to get back to the drawing board to come back firing in all the must-win games for it. It played two virtual KOs against Ind and NZ, and then the SF vs. KO games heavyweight Aus. The final would be the 4th high-pressure "do or die" game in a row for Eng. 

 

 

 

What has separated these two teams from the pack is their ability to raise their games in pressure games and when it counted the most. They have out-thought and outplayed their opponents in key moments. When these two face off on Sunday, we could see a battle of both skills and tactics. And this mix makes this contest a mouth-watering prospect for fans. 

 

 

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Unless a last minute ticket comes up no, sadly not. Would really love to be there and if anyone has a ticket on here that they don't want you know what to do!

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2 minutes ago, bowl_out said:

Would be fun if NZ wins this and England choke... Would love to see the reactions of Vaughan, Pieterson and few others

Eng has won 3 must-win games in a row (more than any other team) so they may have stopped choking like what is perceived. This is its 4th consecutive must-win game ....  if Eng get beaten, we have to give credit to NZ rather than to "choke" 

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9 hours ago, zen said:

A silver lining - No Manju, Harsha, etc., in the commentary box :phehe:

Are Indian commentators on only for matches involving India? Why do we have goras commentating our matches then? 

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1 minute ago, nevada said:

Are Indian commentators on only for matches involving India? Why do we have goras commentating our matches then? 

I guess, the commentators of countries whose teams exit leave too. So if BD exists, Akthar Ali goes with it. After Pak left, Rameez and Akram are not on air. When their teams are in, they comment on games involving their teams, and maybe in selected games involving other teams. A core group involving likes of Sangakara might be heard irrespective of its team involvement  :dontknow: 

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7 hours ago, Jimmy Cliff said:

@YCCC and other English fans, if someone offered you the WC in exchange for an Ashes defeat at home, would you take it? :p:

Absolutely without a doubt. Ashes are every two years (four at home where we actually have a chance). For the world cup this is it.

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Don't really have a preference who wins, cricket will have a new WC Champ.  

Perhaps, might be rooting a little bit more for NZ considering they are the underdogs.

NZ second time straight in the finals.

Few factors to consider like the toss and weather but if it is a sunny day, then it will be 80% English win. 

 

Hoping for  a good match as a neutral

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5 hours ago, YCCC said:

Absolutely without a doubt. Ashes are every two years (four at home where we actually have a chance). For the world cup this is it.

ICF resident English fan, YCCC, makes a good argument for supporting England. As well liked as the NZ team :two_thumbs_up:

All the best for the game

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13 minutes ago, Laaloo said:

Their players are not pompous or arrogant to be frank. They have stuck to a plan after the last World Cup and here we are.

Agree with you , these players are actually good guys, funny, and have never said they going to win but try to play  a brand of cricket they believe in and if they get beat at least they went down in what they believed in.

 

English public is another matter , not the hard core cricket lovers but the media and public who suddenly appear whenanEngland team starts to do well .

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7 minutes ago, Insidious said:

At least doing something good.

Both teams are good. Why would anyone feel good about any team being jinxed :lol:  (though I don’t believe in it but use it as a joke)

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England has already won 3 must win games. Maybe their luck will run out in the finals. As Pak and SL have shown, they are very much beatable. I hope NZ can make this a competitive final. They have nothing to lose. 

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Just turned down a late ticket offer from the Barmy Army as my sensible head took over. Would have had to rush to get the last train from Leeds to London at 8pm, then find somewhere to stay, then got back late tomorrow night before a long and busy week at work. Already starting to regret it though :((

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3 minutes ago, YCCC said:

Just turned down a late ticket offer from the Barmy Army as my sensible head took over. Would have had to rush to get the last train from Leeds to London at 8pm, then find somewhere to stay, then got back late tomorrow night before a long and busy week at work. Already starting to regret it though :((

yeah, missed once in a lifetime opportunity :p:

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27 minutes ago, Stuge said:

Coming to final, Pakistani awam still thinks India lost to England on purpose .. Can't believe somebody can be this delusional ,but not surprising to be honest .:hysterical:

Seriously ? they still think its not their garbage team which almost lost to Afghans. 

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