With the finale of one of the most loved sports just around the corner, we can hardly contain our excitement. Moreso when we know that by the end of it we would have a new face as a World Champions. New Zealand and England both came into the tournament as underdogs seeing their history n the World Cups but nevertheless, they have deemed themselves as favorites. In this post lets us through the history aisle looking back NZ V/S ENG rivalry in the world Cups:
England’s Journey to The Finals
Hosts England began ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as a firm favorite to win the title and despite some strong performances, had exposed chinks in the armor galore as well.
- England vs South Africa Venue: London
- Result: England won by 104 runs
- England vs Pakistan Venue: Nottingham
- Result: Pakistan won by 14 runs
- England vs Bangladesh Venue: Cardiff
- Result: England won by 106 runs
- England vs West Indies Venue: Southampton
- Result: England won by 8 wickets
- England vs Afghanistan Venue: Manchester
- Result: England won by 150 runs
- England vs Sri Lanka Venue: Leeds
- Result: Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
- England vs Australia Venue: London
- Result: Australia won by 64 runs
- England vs India Venue: Birmingham
- Result: England won by 31 runs
- England vs New Zealand Venue: Chester-le-Street
- Result: England won by 119 runs
New Zealand’s Journey to The Finals
New Zealand has been a last-minute entrant to the semi-finals of ICC World Cup 2019. The Black Caps’ berth was booked in the top 4 because of its healthy net run rate as compared to Pakistan, who were knocked out of the tournament.
- New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
- Result: New Zealand won by 10 wickets
- New Zealand vs Bangladesh Venue: The Oval, London
- Result: New Zealand won by two 2 wickets
- New Zealand vs Afghanistan Venue: Cooper Associates County Ground
- Result: New Zealand won by 7 wickets
- New Zealand vs India Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
- Result: Match washed out by rain
- New Zealand vs South Africa Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
- Result: New Zealand won by 4 wickets
- New Zealand vs West Indies Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
- Result: New Zealand won by 5 runs
- New Zealand vs Pakistan Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
- Result: Pakistan won by 6 wickets
- New Zealand vs Australia Venue: Lord’s, London
- Result: Australia won by 86 runs
- New Zealand vs England Venue: Riverside Ground
- Result: England won by 119 runs
World Cup Head to Head: NZ V/S ENG :
1975 NZ V/S ENG: Fletcher, Greig take care of New Zealand
Both England and New Zealand were coming off massive wins over India and East Africa respectively. But when they faced each other at Trent Bridge, the hosts were simply a no-match. Glenn Turner, New Zealand’s captain, opted to bowl and the bowlers got them off to a decent start, reducing England to 28/2. But Keith Fletcher dropped anchor at No. 3 and ensured he remained till the end en route to his 131. New Zealand was motoring along nicely in the chase until Derek Underwood forced an edge off John Morrison before Tony Grieg knocked over John Parker and Barry Hadlee in quick succession. Greig came back later to complete a four-fer as England eventually ensured an easy 80-run win.
1979 NZ V/S ENG: Kiwis miss the final by a whisker
New Zealand sent England in to set a target, hoping to restrict England with some moisture in the pitch and later make good use of dry batting conditions. The Kiwis were pretty disciplined with the new ball, but Mike Brearley and Graham Gooch showed great resistance. Derek Randall rallied around at the fag end as England posted a competitive 221/8.
John Wright put up a sturdy show as New Zealand began their reply with a solid start. Just as England seemed to lose grip of the game Chris Old trapped Bruce Edgar. Geoff Howarth missed a flick shot of Geoff Boycott moments before Boycott managed the nearly impossible – to dismiss a right-handed batsman LBW bowling right arm around the wicket. A while later, Wright was run-out, but New Zealand believed as Glenn Turner promised. Boycott then caught Warren Lees off Mike Hendrick, but the catch was denied as he crossed the boundary line. Lance Cairns entertained with a six and four with the asking rate soaring, but Hendrick accounted for Cairns and Lees to close out the game and help England reach their first World Cup final.
1983 NZ V/S ENG: Lamb ton gives England massive win
England recovered well from the early loss of Graeme Fowler before Allan Lamb made great use of a good platform laid by Chris Tavare and David Gower. Lamb got able support from Mike Gatting. Lamb recorded his third ODI hundred, while the hosts finished with a mammoth 322/6. New Zealand gave a weak response as the top-order was easily blown away (31/3). Martin Crowe stood tall in the middle-order, but he didn’t get enough hands to push England, who won the game by 106 runs.
Determined Coney ensures New Zealand clinches thriller
By now the tournament’s format had changed to double round-robin. England batted first yet again and was on course for a pretty good total, but Lance Cairns and Richard Hadlee put up a gutsy fight. Cairns took care of the middle-order – cleaning up Allan Lamb, Mike Gatting and Ian Gould, while Hadlee wiped off the tail as the duo shared six wickets between them. A dreadful start from New Zealand hinted that they would go through similar fate as the first league game, but this time Geoff Howarth and Jeremy Coney were there for people to take notice. While Howarth stabilized the innings after the early jolt, Coney batted exceptionally well with the tail. Bob Willis threatened to roll over the lower-order, but Coney held one end tight and ensured New Zealand crossed the line with one ball to spare.
1992 NZ V/S ENG: Unbeaten New Zealand too strong for England
It was a top of the table clash at Basin Reserve. Both teams unbeaten after six games. The World Cup had moved from the 60-over format to 50 overs per side. “We have chased quite well. We’d like to get our side here as a unit, field well and do the job,” was Martin Crowe’s explanation at the toss to bowl first. Injury-plagued England was led by Alec Stewart as regular captain Graham Gooch continued to miss due to a hamstring injury.
The Blackcaps started a revolution of opening the bowling the spin during the tournament. Dipak Patel yet again took the new ball and timbered Ian Botham. Graeme Hick, Stewart, and Robin Smith made decent contributions, but England could only 200/8 on a pitch that was said to be pretty good for batsmen. New Zealand lost John Wright early, but Andrew Jones and Crowe made light work of the chase and got their side home with as many as 55 balls to spare.
1996: Astle stars as New Zealand get the World Cup off to a thrilling start
Nathan Astle made England’s call to field look silly as he set a solid base for New Zealand with Stephen Fleming despite the early wicket of Craig Spearman. Astle found decent company throughout as he recorded his third ODI hundred. The Blackcaps posted a not-so-bad 239/6. England too followed a similar script – an early wicket and then a sizeable second wicket stand. But a brilliant effort at cover saw a well-set Graeme Hick needlessly run-out. The lower-order promised but New Zealand held their nerve to seal an 11-run victory.
2007 NZ V/S ENG: Styris, Oram weather early storm as New Zealand record a comfortable win
New Zealand bowled first, thanks to a tacky surface at St. Lucia. England crawled their way to a below-par 209/7, mainly due to a determined fifty from Kevin Pietersen. England began their defense in grand style as James Anderson and Liam Plunkett reduced the Blackcaps to 19/3. But Scott Styris stood tall, first with Craig McMillan and then largely with Jacob Oram, who also chipped in with a fifty. An unbeaten 138-run stand for the fifth wicket meant the duo took New Zealand home with 54 balls to spare.
2015 NZ V/S ENG: Record-breaking Southee swings England away at Caketin
“If we can do the first part well, then we certainly make the second part a lot easier,” were Brendon McCullum’s words after losing the toss. He had set crazy attacking fields – had as many at four slips – backing his swing bowlers to do the job and leaving the field very open. Tim Southee got the ball to swing nicely and accounted for Ian Bell, the opener. But his ball – a brilliant inswinging york Southee – to Moeen Ali was unplayable as the ball sneaked through even before the batsman could bring his bat down. Joe Root resurrected the innings and England were placed decently at 104/3. Daniel Vettori got a set Eoin Morgan and McCullum brought his prime pacer back on. Southee was all over England that he went through their defenses at will to bowl them out for a mere 123 – finishing with 7 wickets, his career-best and the best bowling figures ever recorded in a World Cup game. England lost their last 7 wickets dramatically for 19 runs.
If McCullum was aggressive with his captaincy, he came like a beast against the bowlers with the bat in hand. He raced to 77 off just 25 balls, completing his fifty off 18 deliveries. New Zealand overhauled the total in 12.2 overs, a cakewalk for the hosts at the Caketin.