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first_imghighlights England has lost in finals of World Cups, Champions Trophy and World T20.New Zealand has lost in 2015 World Cup and 2009 Champions Trophy final.England has won the last two bilateral series against New Zealand. New Delhi: England and New Zealand will be gunning for glory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s on July 14. Eoin Morgan’s side has been on the receiving end of three losses in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1979, 1987 and 1992. New Zealand has also tasted heartbreak in the final, having lost in the 2015 World Cup to Australia. Apart from World Cups, England has also tasted defeat in the 2013 Champions Trophy final to India as well as the 2016 World T20 in which they lost to West Indies at the Eden Gardens thanks to four consecutive sixes by Carlos Brathwaite. New Zealand has also lost in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy to Australia.With so much hurt and pain in previous ICC events, New Zealand and England will be determined to etch their name in glory on Sunday. England has been deemed the favourites as the tournament is being played in their conditions. They started off in fine form in the tournament before losing to Sri Lanka and Australia in the league stages. However, they bounced back against India and defeated New Zealand in the league game before decimating Australia in the semi-final. New Zealand, on the other hand, were undefeated in five out of six games but lost three consecutive matches before beating India in the semi-final.However, England is also favourites heading into the clash against New Zealand due to their recent record in ICC events. Following their humiliating eight-wicket loss in the 2015 league game at Wellington thanks to Tim Southee’s 7/33, England has the edge over New Zealand in ICC events, be it the World T20 or the Champions Trophy.Following the 2015 World Cup, England and New Zealand squared off in the 2016 World T20 semi-final. In the clash at the Feroz Shah Kotla, England chose to bowl and they were restricted to 153/8 thanks to Ben Stokes’ 3/26. In response, Jason Roy blasted 78 and Jos Buttler’s 32 off 20 balls gave England a thumping seven-wicket win.After the World T20, New Zealand and England squared off in the 2017 Champions Trophy in Cardiff. This was a repeat of their 2013 encounter in the Champions Trophy which England won by 10 runs. Fifties from Alex Hales, Joe Root and Jos Buttler helped England reach 310 after batting first. In response, Liam Plunkett took 4/55 and Jake Ball finished with figures of 2/31 as Kane Williamson’s knock of 87 went in vain and New Zealand lost by 87 runs.In the league game clash between the two sides in Durham, Jonny Bairstow blasted 106 and a superb spell of 3/34 from Mark Wood helped England thrash New Zealand by 119 runs. With three consecutive wins and with series wins of 3-2 in 2015 and 2018, England holds the edge over New Zealand heading into the clash at Lord’s and will be determined to erase years of pain.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Klopp slams ‘idiots’ who attacked City bus

January 10, 2020 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_img0Shares0000Bottles and cans are thrown at the bus as Manchester City players arrive for their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 6 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit out at the idiots who attacked Manchester City’s team bus, saying it would be difficult for Reds supporters to welcome their own team to Anfield in future.City’s bus was struck by hurled bottles and cans on its way into Anfield ahead of their shock 3-0 defeat by Liverpool in a Champions League quarter-final first leg tie on Wednesday. Windows were broken and City had to hire a replacement bus for their return journey, so extensive was the damage to the original.Fans have long greeted team buses on their way into Anfield before major fixtures, and two years ago the Europa League quarter-final and semi-final matches against Villarreal and Borussia Dortmund saw thousands of fans line the streets amid a flurry of red smoke flares.Both matches, however, passed off without major incident.But fans may now be barred from lining the route for future games, with Klopp reiterating Friday his disgust at what had happened to City on their way into Anfield.“I have to say, again, apologies for what happened before the game,” said Klopp.“It is so strange because you go with your own bus through the crowd and it feels fantastic, it is passion.“Then you come into the stadium and the first thing I heard is they smashed the bus of Man City and it kills everything in that moment for us.”The German added: “You cannot be happy about that, you don’t feel ‘it’ any more.“Because of a few idiots it will maybe never happen again. It changed everything.“The atmosphere during the game was one of the best I have experienced but these things around it changed my view.“It is not OK. It is not how it should have been.”Given their arrival at the ground and the result of the match, City could have been forgiven for wanting to make as quick a getaway from Anfield as possible.But instead they stopped to assist a woman who was involved in a collision with a car yards from the Arkles pub on Anfield Road, where before the match their bus had been hit with bottles and flares.“The medical staff of Man City did what they did but it is an outstanding thing to do and leaves us even more in a situation where we think ‘Oof, it was all strange’,” Klopp added.Meanwhile Liverpool are set to give Mohamed Salah as much time as possible to prove his fitness for Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Everton.The Egypt forward, the Premier League’s leading scorer so far this season with 29 goals, came off during the European success against English champions-elect Manchester City with a groin problem.“I don’t want to give anything away and I want to wait,” said Klopp. “It makes no sense to talk about what we do with boys in rehab but we’ve tried everything to make him available.“There are 23 hours to go so let’s see what happens.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more