New Zealand’s Trent Boult prefers Australia in final for chance of revenge

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2019

England, the tournament hosts, take on Aaron Finch's team in the second semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday and Boult said: "I think Australia pumped us in 2015 in the final so it would be nice to do that again".

New Zealand booked their second consecutive ICC Men's Cricket World Cup final appearance as a brilliant bowling performance secured a dramatic 18-run victory over India at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday.

Boult does not believe those earlier games will have any bearing on Sunday's final. "These guys and this group over the last four years, their experience against Australia have been very positive and they have got a lot of success in the bank".

"But two quality sides are going to play, we'll be watching with interest". We are more excited to be on the stage at Lord's for World Cup final.

England's recent record in 50-over fixtures at Edgbaston is impeccable - they have won their last 10 games there, including inflicting India's only defeat of the group phase.

"The way Jadeja and Dhoni were hitting the ball, they were likely to win, but our fielders were then outstanding". Turned out to be a very close game but nice to come out on our side. "That was a big wicket for sure", he said.

The Black Caps set India a target of 240 after completing the remainder of their innings, adding 28 runs from 23 balls.

India was bowled out for 221 with three balls remaining.

Batsmen continued to fall until a record seventh-wicket partnership of 116 runs between wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni and swashbuckling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja edged India into a slight ascendancy.

Towards the end when the onus was on Dhoni, Guptill pulled off a brilliant run out.

Roy, however, was missing with a torn hamstring and since his return, England have secured crucial wins over India and New Zealand that took them into the semi-finals.

For New Zealand either opponent is an intriguing prospect.

"It was a great start from the bowlers, we knew it would get tougher for us as the innings went on".

"If we can combat that and make a good start, we'll give ourselves a better chance of either closing a total down or setting a big one which is hard to chase".

For the first time in worldwide history, a team lost its first three batsmen all for 1 as India saw Sharma, Kohli then Rahul depart in the space of 10 balls and was marooned on 5-3 after 3.1 overs.

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