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World Cup 2019: New Zealand vs. Australia Match Preview | Sports

New Zealand face Australia in World Cup duel at Lord's today. Photo: File

LONDON: Lords will experience another exciting encounter when Australia compete against New Zealand in London today.

Five-time champions Australia have already qualified for the semi-finals, while New Zealand, who lost their last game against Pakistan, is still looking for a place in the last four.

The Australians are currently at the top of the table after losing just one game in the tournament. The Kiwis, however, are in third place with eleven points.

For Australia, Aaron Finch and David Warner will play the lead roles as the opening couple, having scored 996 goals.

Australia was the last to win the Cricket World Cup in 2015. Photo: File

In the bowling division, Mitchell Starc was the main character of the Aussies, having defeated 19 World Cup wickets so far.

New Zealand ended the unbeaten run of the tournament against Pakistan on Wednesday.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson pulls on the long leg to end the game against Afghanistan during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group match. Photo: AFP

While James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme stunned the crows with their 132-member partnership for the sixth wicket under hard-hit conditions in Edgbaston, the inaugural pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro could not hold their own against Pakistani bowlers. [19659004] With New Zealand so close to the semi-finals, it's not surprising that Kane Williamson and XI will give it their all.

The match between New Zealand and Australia starts at 17:30 Pakistan Standard Time.

London weather conditions

The weather is forecasted to be dry with sunny stretches and a bit of moisture.

Australia-New Zealand ODI statistics

Comparison: 136 [19659004] AUS won: 90

NZ won: 39

Draw: 0

No result: 7

Highest total: 378 / 5 of Australia in 2016

Lowest total: 70/10 of Australia 1986

Most runs: 1971 runs in 50 innings by RT Ponting (AUS)

Most wickets: 59 wickets in 31 innings by GD McGrath (AUS)

Squad: Kane Williamson, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kevin Richardson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon

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