Bookmakers favouring England over Black Caps in World Cup final


World Cup 2019 Most Runs: Despite crashing out of the World Cup following an 18-run loss to New Zealand in the semi-final, Team India's vice-captain Rohit Sharma still remains the leading run-scorer of the tournament.

With Dhoni providing the anchor at one end Jadeja was free to play his shots, bringing the crowd to life and piling the pressure on New Zealand. After the restart, the Kiwis added 28 runs to give India a challenging total of 240 on a wicket that was two-paced in nature.

Sharma is the highest run-getter of the tournament as he amassed 648 runs.

During a nailing-biting finale, with India needing 37 from the final three overs, New Zealand got the breakthrough they needed. Soon after Jadeja returned to pavillion after playing a scintillating knock of 77 runs in 59 balls, Dhoni made a decision to take control of the Indian run-chase as he despatched Lockie Ferguson for a six.

Their eight-wicket semifinal mauling of Australia, home advantage, a thrashing of the Black Caps in the group stage, and their dominant displays over the past four years, would all be major factors in their significant favouritism to win their first World Cup.

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The opening semi-final of the Cricket World Cup was restarted on the second day after rain prevented the match finishing as scheduled on Tuesday. "While we are all supportive of the players and they had a good tournament with the exception of this bad day in office (in the semi-final against New Zealand), the support staff's processes and decision-making will surely be scrutinised thoroughly prior to any decision being taken about their future".

That was perhaps until the Men in Blue lost three early wickets in the space of just 11 balls. Within moments of Rohit's dismissal, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli also joined him in the pavilion as India found themselves 3 down for 5. India were reduced to 92/6 30.3 overs when Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja were at the crease.

England are now the favourites to win the competition, in what would be England's first ever World Cup win.

As the tension increased, New Zealand grabbed a lifeline when Jadeja holed out to Williamson in the deep off Boult in the 48th over, ending a fine innings of 77 off 59 balls. "However, he was unfortunate and couldn't take India to the finals".