Whoever beats India will win World Cup. Michael Vaughan’s prediction will only be partly correct

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England vs Australia, World Cup 2019: England crushed Australia by 8 wickets in a one-sided semi-final to set up the World Cup 2019 final against New Zealand on July 14 at Lord’s.

New Zealand and England are the only two teams which managed to defeat India in World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)

New Zealand and England are the only two teams which managed to defeat India in World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Michael Vaughan had predicted that whoever beats India will win World Cup 2019
  • England and New Zealand will face each other in the World Cup final on July 14 at Lord’s
  • England had defeated India in the league stage while New Zealand knocked them out in the semis on Wednesday

Former England captain Michael Vaughan’s prediction has come true as England and New Zealand will be playing the final of the Cricket World Cup 2019 in London on July 14.

Vaughan had predicted quite early into the tournament that the team which will beat India will eventually go on to lift the World Cup at Lord’s on Sunday. England and New Zealand are the only two teams which defeated India in this tournament.

England had crushed India in the league stage while New Zealand knocked them out of the competition after their 18-run win in the first semi-final in Manchester on Wednesday.

England on Thursday crushed Australia by 8 wickets in a completely one-sided clash at Edgbaston to enter the World Cup final for the fourth time.

Chasing a paltry total of 223, England rode on Jason Roy’s swashbuckling 85 off 119 balls to chase down the total with 107 balls to spare.

Roy was part of a 124-run stand for the first wicket with Jonny Bairstow (34) which made the job easier for Joe Root (49 not out) and Eoin Morgan (45 not out) to take the team past the finish line without any trouble. Root and Morgan were part of an unbeaten 79-run partnership.

The win was however, set up by the English bowlers who bundled out the defending champions for 223 in 49 overs after Australia won the toss and opted to bat.

Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid picked up 3 wickets each while Jofra Archer bagged two and Mark Wood got one wicket for England.

Steve Smith top-scored with 85 off 119 while Alex Carey made 46 but the rest of the batsmen failed to fire for the Aussies which eventually led to their downfall.

England will be playing their first 50-over World Cup final after 27 years after the 1992 edition in which they had lost to Pakistan in the summit clash. Before that England had played the finals in 1979 and 1987.

Australia meanwhile, suffered their first defeat in a World Cup semi-final in eight matches. They had won in 1975, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2007 and 2015 while the 1999 semi-final against South Africa had ended in a tie.

The summit clash at Lord’s on July 14 will be the first instance when New Zealand and England will face each other in a World Cup final.

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