India captain Virat Kohli outlines how New Zealand can beat England in World Cup final

New Zealand can win the Cricket World Cup, according to Virat Kohli (Picture: Getty)

India captain Virat Kohli insists New Zealand are more than capable of winning the World Cup and has warned England that the Kiwis become a ‘dangerous side’ in the right conditions.

Kohli knows only too well the threat New Zealand can pose, with his India team suffering an 18-run defeat to the Black Caps on Wednesday in the first World Cup semi-final.

New Zealand made just 239-8 against Kohli’s side but still prevailed after producing a brilliant bowling performance to bowl India out for 221.

The Kiwis will face England in Sunday’s final at Lord’s, with the hosts fancied to lift the trophy for the first time in history after Thursday’s stunning semi-final win over defending champions Australia.

England marched into the final after smashing Australia (Picture: Getty)

But Kohli believes New Zealand have what it takes to come out on top, particularly if they are presented with bowler-friendly conditions at the Home of Cricket.

Asked how he expects New Zealand to fare in the World Cup final, Kohli said after India’s shock exit: ‘It depends on the day. If conditions are good for batting, then they will have to bat really well.

‘If conditions are bowler-friendly and they put enough runs on the board, they become a dangerous side as you saw in this game.

‘It is anyone’s game, a knockout match. Whoever plays well on the day will win. I won’t pick a favourite. The team who plays the best cricket will win.’

New Zealand made a superb start to their World Cup campaign but lost their final three group games to slip to fourth in the table.

They recovered to stun India and reach a successive World Cup final, however, and Eoin Morgan is taking nothing for granted as he bids to lead England to the title.

‘I think New Zealand throughout the whole tournament have probably been the hardest side to beat,’ Morgan said on Thursday.

‘I think their performance in the semi-final was probably their best. They will be a difficult side to beat on Sunday, so we are looking forward to the challenge.

New Zealand shocked India in the first semi-final (Picture: Getty)

‘We were outstanding today [against Australia]. I’d like to thank the fans who have come out – today and throughout the tournament – we have had unbelievable support.’

Under former captain Brendon McCullum, the Black Caps reached the World Cup final in 2015 but were beaten by co-hosts Australia.

Like New Zealand, England are still searching for their maiden 50-over World Cup title. They have finished as runners-up on three occasions, most recently in 1992.

England had to beat New Zealand and India in their final two group games just to qualify for the semi-finals.


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