England vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 final: Wasim Akram picks his favourite for the title

History will be created on Sunday with either England or New Zealand winning their first ever World Cup title.
England vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 final: Wasim Akram picks his favourite for the titleEngland vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 final: Wasim Akram picks his favourite for the title
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Former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram has backed England to lift their first World Cup trophy on Sunday. Playing against New Zealand, the hosts are the favourites for the title, and Akram thinks that Eoin Morgan's side will go the distance. 

England had comprehensively defeated Australia in the semis of the edition by 8 wickets, chasing down a score of 224 in less than 32 overs. New Zealand, on the other hand, had sprung a surprise by defeating Team India by 18 runs. 

Akram took to Twitter to comment that both England and New Zealand had housed a number of Pakistani over the years, and hence it was tough to choose a winner. However, he went with England as it has been his second home for more than 30 years. 

“The World Cup hosts 2 countries that are home to so many Pakistanis, which makes my decision on who to support difficult. But England has been a second home to me for 30 odd years so my decision to support England is where my heart is at. What about you?” Tweeted Akram.

England did not have a smooth sailing into the top two, as they lost three games in the league stages. They had to win their last two league matches against India and New Zealand to qualify, which they did with considerable ease. 

New Zealand, on the other hand, started off well, but three losses on the trot meant that they were tied with Pakisatn on points after the league phase ended. They made it into the top four due to a superior Net Run Rate. 

Both teams are yet to win a World Cup title. While the Kiwis made it into the final in 2015 as well - where they went down to Australia - England made it into the finals last in 1992. 

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