New Zealand set target of 242 for England in World Cup final

BIRMINGHAM ENGLAND- JULY 11 Joe Root and Eoin Morgan celebrate victory by 8 wickets during the Semi Final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Australia and England at Edgbaston

New Zealanders are expected to bet about $1.5 million on the Cricket World Cup final tonight, making it the biggest event of the year for the TAB.

Former Australia skipper and three-time World Cup victor Ricky Ponting backed England to create history by winning their first ever World Cup title when they take on New Zealand in the ICCWorld Cup 2019 final at the Lord's on Sunday.

The 2019 Cricket World Cup will see a new champion crowned, as England and New Zealand face each other. He scored two match winning centuries against South Africa and West Indies respectively.

"I think England will win, I said before the tournament started that I thought they'd be exceptionally hard to beat".

England, who hammered New Zealand by 119 runs in the group stages of the tournament, are being seen as the favourites against New Zealand.

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"There's a few more here today", Williamson quipped as he took his place at pre-match press conference in the bowels of the Real Tennis court at Lord's, to be quizzed on England's strengths, New Zealand's weaknesses, and what it would do to a team of self-evident nice guys to be cast in the role of nasty party-poopers. I had them as the favourites coming in, nothing changes now.

But broadly speaking, Williamson won't care one jot if New Zealand are being written off before a ball has been bowled.

England are in the title match for the fourth time, and the first since 1992, while New Zealand are playing in a second final, after losing to Australia in 2015.

"But whatever dog we are, it's just important that we focus on the cricket that we want to play". England is a big team.

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