Cricket World Cup: England & New Zealand set for final | G Sports With Waheed Khan Full Episode 13 July 2019 | It all comes down to this, and it had to be an England-New Zealand World Cup final | England v New Zealand: Where Cricket World Cup final will be won and lost
Venue: Lord's Dates: Sunday, 14 July Time: 10:30 BST
Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. Live TV coverage on Channel 4 & Sky Sports
After four years of planning and 40 more of waiting, England's men can win the World Cup for the first time on Sunday.
Standing in their way at Lord's will be New Zealand, runners-up in 2015 and surprise finalists this time around.
England will start as big favourites, but that is to not discount the Black Caps, who stunned India in the semi-finals.
Where will the final be won and lost?
And so it all comes down to this. After 47 matches stretched across six weeks, after a rollercoaster of a group stage (which, like all the best big dippers, started tame before lurching into a series of gut-wrenching twists and turns), and after a pair of semi-finals that were as compelling as they were different, we're left with just two teams standing. World Cup virgins the pair of them, each with their own tales of heartbreak and regret to fall back on as they look to go that one step beyond.
England and New Zealand, eh? The nearly-est of nearly-men throughout the tournament's history. Three times runners-up in the first five editions on the one hand (followed by a three-decade bout of mourning that gives Queen Victoria a run for her money); eight semi-final appearances out of 12 on the other, a succession of doughty line-ups invariably greater than the sum of their parts, invariably found wanting in the final analysis. But at some stage on Sunday afternoon, someone's World Cup record is going to have to lurch into credit … at long, long last.
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