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ICC World Cup 2019 final, England vs New Zealand: Will rain play spoil sport?

Lords is expected to see a sunny day

London, July 14: Both England and New Zealand will look to clinch their maiden World Cup title at Lord's on Sunday (July 14) provided the weather gods don't intervene.

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New Zealand sealed their final spot after a 18-run win over pre-tournament favourites India, while fellow favourites England thrashed arch-rivals Australia by eight wickets to book their spot. Last time when they met in the group stage, England defeated the Blackcaps to break a 27-year-old record.

Eoin Morgan and Kane Williamson will hope they play the full game in a single day rather than going into the reserve day like how the semi-final-1 was decided after rain abandoned play.

The weather has often played spoil sport right through the tournament, but luckily for the first time World Cup aspirants, it is expected to be a bright and sunny on Sunday (July 14). Sunny weather means a dry wicket that will favour the batsmen and the the bowlers will look to use a lot of cutters to reduce the scoring.

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Sunny spells with a high of 22 C (72 F) is expected on Sunday and it will be huge relief for fans to enjoy the event.

"Fans in open seating areas will want to make sure to have hats, sunglasses and sun cream," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger.

There were reports of rain later as tweeted by Mohandas Menon, who said it had started raining at 8 AM Local Time and there could be a delay to 10.30 AM start. However, there was no sign of rain forecast for 10 AM to 6 PM (Local Time), which means we could see a full game.

(With inputs from Angencies)

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Story first published: Sunday, July 14, 2019, 10:47 [IST]
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