Lord’s, London Cricket Ground
Lord’s Cricket Ground, known simply as Lord’s, is a senior cricket venue located in St John’s Wood, London. One of the oldest cricket stadiums, the ground is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club, it is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club, English Cricket Board (ECB) and the European Cricket Council. It was also the headquarters of International Cricket Council (ICC) till August 2005. Lord’s is considered to be the “Home of Cricket” and contains the world’s oldest sporting museum. Lord’s will host a series of World Cup matches including the final match of the tournament.
A Look into the Archives:
Lord’s is no stranger when it comes to hosting international matches. In fact, Lord’s is the second ground to host the most number of ODI matches in England. Established in 1814, England played their first test match against Australia on this ground in 1884. ODI cricket found its way pretty swiftly to this venue in 1972, just a year after the first ODI match. T20 cricket started here during the ICC T20 World Cup back in 2009. Lord’s has hosted a great number of ODI right up till 2018. A brief account is explained further:
- ODI Matches: 62
- Seating Capacity: 30000 Approx.
- Matches won by teams batting first: 26
- Matches won by teams batting second: 32
- Tie / No Results: 2 / 2
Pitch and Weather Updates:
The stadium contains a seam-friendly pitch. Batting will be a lot tougher in the 2nd innings. Batting first is the way to go on this track. The ground is famous for its distinct slope across the field. The field causes appreciable deviation in bounce and swing of the ball. Ball swings differently when bowled from different ends. Analysts suggest batting first on this venue to put pressure on the opposition and the bowl in the 2nd innings when the pitch provides relatively higher seam.
Weather conditions can’t be predicted beforehand but Lord’s has a pleasant weather. Rain shouldn’t affect any match and fans are desperately waiting for the final.
World Cup Matches:
Commonly referred to as the Home of Cricket, it is appropriate that this venue hosts the final of such a historic event. Lord’s is scheduled to host a total of 5 matches in this tournament. 4 matches are already determined while the final of this event will certainly add more charm to this already historic venue. A list of these matches is given below:
- Pakistan vs. South Africa (23rd June)
- England vs. Australia (25th June)
- New Zealand vs. Australia (29th June)
- Pakistan vs. Bangladesh (5th July)
- World Cup Final (14th July)
This list contains two of the most important matches in all of the World Cup, namely the Australia – NZ clash and England – Australia bout. Pakistan is set to take on SA in the first match at this venue. Looking at the stats and recent ODI results, SA are likely to win this contest. They thrashed Pakistan 4-1 in the home series in South Africa. But SA might choke on the day and Pakistan certainly want that to happen. Australia and England are scheduled to write yet another chapter of their historic rivalry as they go head-to-head in the second match. They’re both evenly matched so no favorites for this bout. The third match will be most interesting because it involves NZ taking on Australia. NZ fought hard to earn a spot in their maiden final back in 2015 World Cup. They lost to Australia in the final and Australia were crowned as the champions. NZ will be looking to redeem themselves when they face Australia and this time, they’ll be hoping to avoid the mistakes they made last time. Pakistan will take on Bangladesh in the final match at this venue before the final. Pakistan seem to be in a strong position to win this match unless Bangladesh find the spark that they has in Asia Cup 2018 in which they decimated Pakistan. Pakistan shouldn’t underestimate the Bangladeshi side. This ground will then host the final of this epic tournament.
A strong list of matches for an equally historic venue, the matches in this stadium will keep fans on the edge of their seats. Cricket fans just hope that the final of this tournament is as exciting as some scheduled matches unlike the 2015 World Cup final which was mostly one-sided.