Highlights: England win their maiden World Cup in a dramatic Super Over
The nail-biters, the cliffhangers, the humdingers—but we don’t have a word to explain what has happened here at the ‘Home of Cricket’. The adrenaline and the nerves; the breakneck speed and absolute madness—the Lord’s wasn’t prepared for this!
Jason Roy is going to be remembered as the guy who threw the World Cup-winning throw. Jofra Archer will go down in history as the one with the ball. Ben Stokes will be hailed as the HERO for bringing the Cup home! Eoin Morgan, the captain, who revolutionaised English cricket forever—and Bairstow and Roy who led the attack from first ball! The kids will remember! The world will remember this new England team—the 2019 Champions!
After 47 matches stretched across six weeks and a group stage full of gut-wrenching twists and turns, we had a final that went to the super overs; the super over that was tied and won by England by a higher boundary count: 26-17. They’re the best ODI side in the world. They’ve got two superfast wicket-takers for all conditions in Archer and Wood, and their batting looks so much more battle-hardened: if it’s not Roy and Bairstow, or Root or Morgan, it surely will be Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler who’ll carry their side home!
New Zealand, this World Cup could’ve been just as theirs’! They've been through more close games than any other team in this tournament, and until today they'd been finishing on the right end of those results: Bangladesh, South Africa, West Indies, India—and almost England! Almost! Williamson and the bowlers—Boult, Henry, Neesham, de Grandhomme, and Santner—that’s been their story this World Cup!
England had all the luck in the final!— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) July 14, 2019
- Those missed edges at the start of their innings.
- Bairstow's catch drop
- Boult misjudging the catch of Stokes in the penultimate over that went for six
- Overthrow in the final over that went for four
- Super over also getting tied!
I hear you!
Just when you thought you had seen everything!
Neither side deserved to lose. Bad luck more than anything else put New Zealand in that heartbreak situation. But they won the hearts of millions with their stout-hearted performance, especially in the semis and final. The World Cup title can’t be too long in coming— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 14, 2019
I feel you!
Martin Guptill, Jimmy Neesham with the bat; Archer has the ball
Martin Guptill hasn't done much this World Cup. Is this his moment?
0.1 WIDE! round the wicket, just over the tramline
0.1 TWO! A perfect yorker, stabbed down towards long-off, and a good hard couple runs
0.2 SIX! Neesham absolutely smokes this one over the cow corner boundary and into the crowd!
0.3 TWO! Aother yorker, clipped off the boots for a couple of runs.
0.4 TWO! Gupill is always gonna make it. A solid yorker on the middle.
0.5 ONE! A short delivery and Neesham misses the pull, off the inside edge for a single.
New Zealand require two runs from one ball! And it's all up to Martin Guptill, the out-of-form NZ opener. It's his time of retribution! Can he do it?
0.6 OUT! The superover is tied! World Cup for England! Both Guptill and Neesham run for their second but it was never there! Roy throws it down to the keeper's end, Buttler collects and whips off the bails!
New Zealand require 16 runs from six deliveries!
Jofra Archer has never conceded 16 runs in an over. Those four overthrows: they're gonna haunt New Zealand no matter the result tonight!
England score 15 runs in the super over
0.1 3 runs, Stokes gets across and tries to heave it over cow corner, gets a massive outside edge over short third man for a treble.
0.2 1 run, Swiped away along the ground to deep square leg for a single.
0.3 4 runs, Stokes has done it again. Almost whip-sweeps it away into the gap at cow corner for four.
0.4 1 run, excellent yorker from Boult. That's what you expect from your best bowler!
0.5 2 runs, Nicholls has lost it under the sun.
0.6 4 runs, Errs, the yorker ends up as a full toss and the last ball has been swatted away towards the deep midwicket boundary for four!
IT'S A SUPER OVER!
Oh, I can't believe it! This is ABSOLUTE MADNESS! The World Cup final is a tie! Let this sink in! Do we have a replacement for the 1999 semi-final? Three moments, I'll count you down.
- One, Boult takes that six, but steps on the boundary line: it's a SIX!
- Two, Stokes hits the ball for a couple runs, and while he was running back to the non-striker's end, the throw hits his bat and runs over the bundary line: SIX more runs!
- Three, that last ball throw from Jimmy Neesham. Stokes tears back for the second, Wood dishes out a desperate full-length dive, but the throw is to the bowler's end and Wood is caught short: IT'S A TIE!
15 runs from the last over
Two dot balls and a SIX! Slog swept out of the ground for a SIX!
That's six runs off the fourth ball. How, you ask? If I told you, you wouldn't believe it! A full-toss clubbed away to deep mid-wicket, takes a couple runs--and while they're going for the second, the throw at the non-striker hits Stoke's bat and goes away towards the long-stop boundary for four overthrows!
England need 3 off 2 balls. Williamson chats with Boult, he is slowing things down.
Okay, it's down to 2 off 1 ball. Breathe! Just one run, and tell you what: IT'S A SUPER OVER!
Neesham gets TWO in 49th!
Brilliant two balls from Jimmy Nesham. Slower leg-cutter first ball, the second is an inch-perfect yorker to Stokes--just one run each from those two deliveries.
Third ball was in the slot, right on lenght, but Plunkett couldn't get enough on it. He's OUT! Legcutter again from Neesham, Plunkett aims to launch it over long-off. Nope, he can't clear Boult at the boundary!
OOOOH! What has happened here? Boult caught that catch, but can't keep his foot away--just steps on the midwicket even as Guptill was there beside him for the relay. IT'S A SIX!
Bowled 'em last ball! That's a golden duck for Jofra Archer! Oh, you Jimmy! The slower one all the way through! The timber has been rattled--England, too!
This is eeringly similar to New Zealand's match against India in the semi-finals. Their bowlers delivered--can they do it again this time?
For India, it was MS Dhoni who was run out by a brilliant direct hit from Martin Guptill. Tonight, it's Ben Stokes. Nerves all around! 10 runs from that over, and England require another 24 runs in 12 balls. Whose game is it?
Kinda nervous— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) February 5, 2015
That's two in two for Ferguson!
Who wants it? It's up to Tom Latham, the keeper. Nerves, nerves! He makes the easy catch look difficult, but he holds on to it. That's all that matters! Back to back wickets for Lockie Ferguson! Is this the moment?
Meanhwile, Plunkett played two dots, and then smashed a boundary towards the cow corner. An audacious shot under pressure! The last ball, he's beaten all ends up to a slower Ferguson delivery.
Just 5 runs come from that over, and require 34 runs from 18 balls.
Seven runs from 46th
How crucial will that boundary off the last ball prove to be! Stokes has helicoptered towards deep midwicket for a boundary. England move in to the 200s in quite a fashion.
England are 203/5 after 46 overs.
Is this the moment?
H-U-U-U-G-E moment, this! One that got New Zealand in the semi-finals. Just like Jadeja, Buttler departs after almost carrying their side home! It's Lockie Ferguson who breaks the stand and opens up the game for New Zealand. The substitute, Southee, has taken a phenomenal catch!
England need 46 runs from the last five overs.
Buttler's putting up a show!
Errs the yorker, Ferguson and Buttler has abolutely whipped that up and over the man at short cover for a boundary! Fantastic shot under pressure! The next ball is full and outside off, Buttler slashes and Boult tears across from square-ish third man to save a definite four.
Fifty for Buttler--and Stokes!
You can not put a price on this fifty! What an innings Jos Buttler is playing today. Buttler clears his front leg and launches it like a bazooka. Up and over midwicket. That's 100 runs partnership for the fifth wicket as well.
And now Stokes gets to his fifty. How fitting, this! He rarely celebrates this personal milestone. England are 189/4, and just six more overs to go. They require 53 more runs at 8.83rpo.
England require another 59 runs with 6 wickets and 42 balls remaining at 8.42rpo
We'll be rewriting history?
Targets England could not chase down in a World Cup final:
- West Indies' 286 in 1979 (194) [60 overs]
- Australia's 253 in 1987 (246)
- Pakistan's 249 in 1992 (227)
- New Zealand 241 in 2019*?
New Zealand haven't lost any of the close matches in this World Cup.— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) July 14, 2019
They held their nerves and got the victories.. against Ban, SA, WI and Ind.
Their 3 defeats were all by large margins (Pak, Aus, Eng).
Can yet again they seal off one final victory?#NZvEng #CWC19Final
Buttler is key to England's victory!
Jos Buttler has scored at 12.40rpo--a strike rate of 207--in the last 10 overs this year. Nobody in the world to play five matches in 2019 has scored quicker.
And he can improvise as well:
Make no mistake, NZ still in the game!
Some would say that it's Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni playin ghere at Lord's--such is the similarity! One wicket, and things could change dratically here on this tricky Lord's pitch!
England are on top as 29 runs have come from the last 5 overs. They require 72 runs from the last 10 overs. Easy?
A thriller in London!
Slower delivery, pitched up and that's been chipped up by Buttler for a boundary. Earlier Stokes survived a Bairstow: almost inside-edged it into the stumps. Seven runs from that over, and England require 86 runs at 7.16rpo.
Meanwhile, in the other part of London, a thriller Wimbledon final: Djokovic 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Federer!
Lockie Ferguson in, Buttler hits four
A loosener this from Lockie. Wide of off stump, and Buttler latches onto it. He almsot slipped while reaching for it, 'twas that wide! The next ball is held up on the surface for a wee bit, and balloons it over point. No damage done as it drops in no man's land.
Six runs from that over, and England are 149/4 after 37 overs. Jimmy Neesham comes into the attack.
That's 50-run partnership!
Buttler and Stokes--these two might very welll carry their side through. Matt Henry came back into the attack, searching for a wicket. But both the batsmen take three twos and a couple singles to take eight runs from that over. That's fifty runs partnership!
England are 141/4 after 35 overs and require 101 runs at 6.73rpo. Buttler has gone nearly run-a-ball despite hitting just one boundary!
Mitchell Santner comes into attack
He's been waiting for 30 overs to bowl. Concedes just four runs from it. Beat Stokes first ball, and bowled a loopy fullthe last.
Boult goes for seven runs the next over, and he returns. Meanhwile, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes have stitched together a nice 40-run partnership in 9 overs. A nice little partnership, which has now started to flow. Santner is going to be key.
England 129/4 after 33 overs.
de Grandhomme finishes with the best economy rate this World Cup
A brilliant spell from de Grandhomme: 10-2-25-1. He bowled his 10 overs on the trot without giving away much. It did a world of good that he got England's best batsman--Joe Root. His wicket-to-wicket stuff also allowed Williamson to attack with his gun bowlers from the other end. Worked perfectly!
Tell you what: Nobody in the 2019 World Cup has a better economy rate than Colin de Grandhomme. Also, his is the second most economical full spell in a world cup final since they moved to 50-overs a side. Only Derek Pringle's 10-2-22-3 is ahead.
England are 115/4 after 30 overs.
Maiden over from de Grandhomme
Second maiden for de Grandhomme. He's bowled nine overs on the trot and has just squeezed the runs at one end.
Neesham continues from the other end. 100 comes up for England in 27.3 overs. Stokes shimmies down the ground, and aboslutely smashes it back past the bowler for a four! Eight runs come from that over, and England are 106/4 after 18 overs.
Eng 93/4 after 25
Okay, so we're halfaway through. New Zealand bowlers have been sensational from the start--they have bowlers along the right channel and haven't goven anything away to the English batsman. It helps that the wicket is briiliant for the seamers! For England, though, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are going to have to be the guys to stitch a partnership and carry their side home.
And that, too, at good pace: the required run-rate has climbed up to 6rpo. 144 runs from an equal number of deliveries. The game's on!
Jimmy Neesham gets Morgan first ball!
Two left-handers are at the crease, and Williamson has gone for Jimmy Neesham--and not Santner! Morgan seizes the opportunity, thinking this is my moment to unshackle! Tell you what, Ferguson has probably taken the best outfield catch in the cricketing history under pressure. Morgan carved a wide length ball in the air to backward point, and Lockie sprints in from the boundary, throws himself forward, and grabs it two-handed, perfectly clean, a couple of inches off the ground.
Jofra tweets from the dugout: "Stunning catch".
IS THAT A CATCH? THAT IS A CATCH!#EoinMorgan pulls and Lockie Ferguson takes a brilliant low grab diving forward. Jimmy Neesham has a wicket with his first ball!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 14, 2019
New Zealand are firmly on top now. In walks Jos Buttler...#CWC19 | #CWC19Final pic.twitter.com/BuiUPdAMgr
Ferguson bowls Bairstow over!
Ooh! Bowled' em! Bairstow has dragged this one down--and this time it has hit the wickets! Tell you what, you can only ride your luck so much. Ferguson now has more middle-overs wickets than any other bowler at this World Cup. He's gone past Mitchell Starc.
Jonny Bairstow has now inside edged 17 deliveries in this World Cup and has been dismissed twice.
Jonny can't make it four--he has hit three centuries in the last three ininngs against New Zealand. A scratchy innings, really! But what a time to get this wicket! New Zealand will be pumped up!
England 73/3 after 20 overs.
Well, what do you think?
de Grandhomme STRIKES!
Don't go anywhere, this game is still wide open! You knew something's gonna give. He had scored just seven runs from 30 balls, and the pressure was just getting at him. He was looking to get away de Grandhomme; he stepped out the brease last ball for an ugly wipe down the leg side. This time, he chases a drive, plays a long way away from the body and tickles it to the keeper.
Pressure, Pressure! Credit to Henry, too: he gave up just one run off 18 balls to Root.
Two back-to-back boundaries came off Bairstow's bat in the last over--one an excellent flick, and the other: a hand-on-the-head moment as the ball took Jonny's inside edge and was inches away from the wicket.
England 51/1 after 14 overs.
Three maidens in a row!
England wouldn't mind that, of course! It's all about keeping your wickets together at this moment. Colin de Grandhomme never really was good with the bat, and then dropped a catch off his won bowling. Finally, Jonny takes a single off his next over to bring England's score to 42/1 after 13 overs.
Matt Henry has been exceptional from the other end. Bowled two successive maiden overs, keeping the pressure on. New Zealand will want to grab on an opportunity.
Brilliant over that from Matt Henry: beat Root and caught the inside edge in the same over. England 39/1 after the end of first Powerplay, and de Grandhomme comes into the attack and bowls a maiden, too. He would be disapppointed, though! Shelled a fairly straightforward return catch--doesn't come easier than that!
Jonny Bairstow: the danger man
Jonny Bairstow has left 25 per cent of his deliveries so far--only once in his ODI career has he left more deliveries at this stage of an innings. Rightly so, the penultimate delivery of the eighth over he went for a solid front foot drive, but the ball moved away ever so late to beat his outside edge.
But here he is, at the big match on a big day. He has hit four boundaries off the 18 runs that he has scored. His is the wicket, NZ would be eyeing! England are 39/1 after 9 overs.
Bairstow's last three ODI innings vs NZ:
Matt Henry with the first breakthrough
Edge and gone! Roy was left feeling for the bowl. Nice and full scrambled seam delivery that nips away just enough to take the edge. Latham takes a good low catch. And that's the first!
(G)Rooooot comes in at first down. England 33/1 after 7 overs.
Matt Henry strikes, and it's the big wicket of Jason Roy!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 14, 2019
It's a regulation nick and a good low catch from Tom Latham, and just reward for a superb new-ball spell from New Zealand's openers.
In walks Joe Root with England 28/1...#CWC19 | #CWC19Final pic.twitter.com/uLnsRMYgTd
That's two in an over!
Jason Roy has been struggling against Trent Boult, but this time it's his partner Jony Bairstow facing him. He takes him on and smashes a couple boundaries. New Zealand are probably trying too much. It is clear that they are worried about overpitching and often bowling back of a length. Very interesting phase!
They've somehow survived the initial five overs, and are up and running! Boundaries have started to flow here for England! If England handle the next five overs well, they will run away with the game.
England 24/0 after 5 overs.
Attack and counter-attack!
OOOH! W-H-A-A-T WAS THAT? An absolute ripper! That an in swinging Yorker, and Roy has been reduced to a club batsman! He spotted it very late, and had no time to react! Couldn’t even offer a shot, and he’s been nutmegged, just inches away from the leg stump.
He walks out again at the bowler the very next ball, and punches the short ball with his magical wrists through cover-point for a boundary.
England are 12/0 after 3 overs.
Interesting cricket all around!
Oh, goodness me! That’s nipped through the bat and pad—and just inches away from the top of the off stump--cuts him in half. The next ball, Henry threatens Roy's outside edge. Living dangerously here, Jason Roy! This is going to be exciting!
The last ball is a half-volley and gets the treatment. Driven straight down the ground, to the right of Matt Henry for a boundary.
Roy and Bairstow are at the crease. Roy is on strike. Boult will open the attack. Oh, Boult hits the pad first ball! Looks close. New Zealand review! No bat, looks very out. Oh, dear! The umpires call saves Roy! WHat a great start this from Trent Boult.
Just millimetres less than the 50 per cent of the ball hitting 50 per cent of the stumps. That's an average decision from an excellent umpire Earasmus--that's the second decision from Maria that hasn't gone New Zealand's way.
England 1/0 after an over.
The story so far
Incredible bowling performance from England, especially at the death, giving way just 62 runs in the third and the final Powerplay with Jofra Archer leading the attack. Tell you what, this concentrated effort might as well have kept New Zealand about 30-35 runs short. New Zealand were on top early on when Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls were batting. Then, Liam Plunkett opened the floodgates by removing both the set batsmen, proving his worth yet again in the middle overs. Will this total be enough?
The Lord’s wicket started out as a greentop, and then it slowed down considerably. The wicket is two-paced: there’s movement off the pitch all throughout the innings for bowlers who hit the deck hard, and and the slower balls gripped and did unpredictable things. New Zealand might have a chance!
NZ end their innings at 241/8
That's crashed into the off stump! Bull's eye! Well, usually fast bowlers look to hit top of off on the bounce, and Archer's simply hit it on the full. New Zealand lose their eighth wicket--more importantly, a delivery!
Brilliant bowling from Archer. Gave nothing away! Just three runs from the over, and Santner can't put away that slower bouncer from Archer. Kinda sums up the latter part of the Kiwis' innings!
A wicket and two boundaries!
That's a boundary--from byes. New Zealand won't mind that at all! That was way down the leg side and Buttler's undone by the spin on it. Meanwhile, Woakes makes a brilliant comeback after that terrible delivery to dismiss Tom Latham. Bowls a slower-ball full toss outside the off stump, and Latham is caught out trying to clear the mid-off!
Matt Henry comes along, and smashes first ball into the cow corner for a four!
New Zealand 238/7 after 49 overs.
Tom Latham goes just short of fifty!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 14, 2019
It's been a battling knock nonetheless, and he's just about held the New Zealand innings together.
Nine balls remain, and the @BLACKCAPS are 232/7. Can they get near 250?#CWC19 | #CWC19Final pic.twitter.com/4ukWCxOEbk
Just 5 runs from 48th over. NZ 225/6
A tame soft dismissal. He never looked comfortable after being hit on the helmet by Jofra Archer. It was only a matter of time before he was back in the hut. That's the slowest innings of 28 balls or more in Colin de Grandhomme's career.
Brilliant bowling this from England, from Chris Woakes. Another slower ball, looks to whip it over mid-on, plays too early, and balloons a leading edge to mid-off instead.
NZ 220/6 after 47 overs.
Brilliant 46th from Archer!
Ah, the mix-up! He keeps mixing the pace and the slower one--and de Grandhomme just can't get it away. He is growing finicky--truly so, he has faced 25 balls, and is yet to hit a boundary. Just three runs from that over, and New Zealand are 214/5 after 46 overs.
Something's gotta give! *fingers crossed*
15 runs from 44th & 45th overs
Jofra never gave anything to both de Grandhomme and Tom Latham to open their arms, but conceded three wides in that over. NZ will take that, no matter where it comes from. They're 204/5 at the end of 44th over.
Come the 45th over, and Latham launched the third ball over wide long-on for a SIX! But Wood had the perfect reply with a slower bouncer next ball. Latham swivels for a pull, and the hits the body yet again. They take just seven runs despite that six. 211/5 and five overs remaining. How many more can these add?
A slippery short delivery on off stump from Archer and de Grandhomme top-edges his hook into the top of his helmet. That's gone so far off the helmet, it's cleared backward point! He's okay!
Ten runs from that over, and New Zealand are 196/5 after 43 overs.
Plunkett has the last laugh!
He's won this battle, Liam Plunkett. And what a soft dismissal this for Jimmy Neesham! He was looking positive, confident, aggresive--but not too long! A boundary, and then a wicket! Deceived by that Plunkett cross-seamer that doesn't quite come onto the bat as expected. He was looking to go up and over Joe Root aat mid-on, but ended up hitting it straight at him.
Bad news for New Zealand. They lose their fifth, and are 179/5 after 40 overs. How many more can they add in the third and last Powerplay?
Neesham-Latham look to accelerate!
This World Cup is behaving the same way as the 2015 for New Zealand. Ross Taylor fell at 35 overs to make it 150/4, which triggered a collapse!
New Zealand want to change it this time around. Tom Latham and Jimmy Neesham look positive and look to accumulate runs thick and fast. They need a defendable total on the board to weather the Roy hurricane! And this partnership will be very crucial for New Zealand.
NZ are 165/4 after 38 overs.
Neesham, my man!
A couple boundaries this over from Jimmy Neesham! What a World Cup he's had so far! And tell you what, it's not over yet--he would want to finsh it on a high note, with the bat and the ball. One's been clipped away neatly, and the other has been pulled away with intent for another boundary.
Eleven runs from that over, and New Zealand are 153/4 after 36. Meanwhile, Mark Wood has bowled the joint-fastest delivery: a 154-kmph screamer!
Two fours in three balls from Jimmy Neesham - the first boundaries since the 20th over!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 14, 2019
Can he kick-start the New Zealand innings?
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You wouldn't need that skill if the umpires were spot on!
OUT! Taylor's GONE!
Mark Wood strikes first ball off his second spell. Sharp nip-backer, and Taylor is beaten all ends up! Umpire Erasmus thought about it for a while before raising the finger. LBW! This is huge. It looked tight, but New Zealand don't have a review left! But Taylor has to go!
And the ball-tracking shows what NZ feared most! The ball was going over the top of the leg stump. This is a blunder from an otherwise excellent Marais Erasmus' decision making.
New Zealand lose their fourth at 141 runs from 34 overs.
Liam Plunkett, the middle-overs maestro!
Only once in his career has Liam Plunkett taken two wickets in a spell with better economy than the 1.75rpo he's managed today. We talk about the strike bowlers Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes; we talk about their explosive pace and swing and extra bounce--but here's someone who's been quietly contributing to the English side.
He was hit a boundary every over when he came in to bowl the first spell. Henry Nicholls was looking in a fine touch, and he wouldn't want to let the first changed bowler settle. And then, into his second spell, he dismissed both Wialliamson and Nicholls, who had stitched a fine looking partnership--and were just looking to break loose.
NZ have scored 19 runs with 3.8rpo the last five overs. They're 141/3 after 33 overs.
Meanwhile, just for the record:
Oh, my! Jinxed it! My sincerest apologies! Just when NZ fans would've wanted Henry Nicholls to carry on, Plunkett bowls him over! That's a double strike from Plunkett--the official breaker of partnerships. He's England's fifth highest wicket-taker this tournament, but what a day he's having on the day of reckoning! Nicholls' gritty knock in trying circumstances comes to an end.
NZ lose their third, and they're on the backfoot again with 118/3 after 27 overs.
50* for Nicholls
Excellent knock from Henry Nicholls. He's had a strange tournament; Munro, ousted, averaged 25 whilst Nicholls, with the narrative around him so positive, has averaged 29. He's scored slower than Munro, and played more false shots. Nevertheless, this game can change all of that. A crucial fifty this from the NZ opener, and what an important day to get it! He needs to keep going! There's no Williamson tonight!
Meanwhile, Ross Taylor enters and finds himself in completely unfamiliar territory not having Williamson at other end. This is the day, the moment, the chance to show that he is the most experienced batter in the side.
NZ are 114/2 after 26 overs.
A soft dismissal!
This is h-u-u-u-g-e! This is the wicket England have been looking for--and what a time to get it! And just like that, Morgan has gone on the offensive: a slip welcomes the new Man, Ross Taylor!
But this is heartbreaking for the Kiwi fans! Their captain can't replicated what he's been doing all throughout the torunament. A good length delivery, nipping away outside off, and Plunkett is their man with the glory.
NZ are 108/2 after 24 overs.
100 comes up for NZ!
This is a wonderful start for New Zealand! For a side that hasn't been the best with their best, to be in a position like this in the finals of the World Cup--nothing gets better than this! And what a fine innings Henry Nicholls is playing today! Mind you, he is not a flamboyant opener and he was picked in the XI only for the last two league games because of a hamstring injury. He started with scores of 8 and 0 but New Zealand's persistence with him has paid off. On surfaces that have suited the pacers in the semifinal and final, Nicholls has ensured that the middle order is not exposed with his solid batting.
Williamson, on the other hand, has shifted the gears--and how! The first 28 balls, he had scored only 5 runs; and from the next 22, he has accumulated 25 runs.
You know it, I know it!
Williamson taking on Rashid!
Williamson is looking to take on Adil Rashid. Only once in his ODI career has he scored fewer runs in the first 30 balls of an innings than he has done today, at the World Cup finals. It shouldn’t come as a surprise as the NZ skipper has hit 164 runs from 130 balls against England's spinner—and has been dismissed only once.
They take seven runs from that over. Mark Wood with the next over, and Nicholls guides the short ball angling outside off for a boundary through bakward point. Seven more from the 19th over, and NZ climb to 84/1.
Crafting their way, NZ!
It has been another cautious start from New Zealand. It was a tough call: opting to bat on a green tinged pitch. Guptill was positive, but his knock only lasted a while. He fell LBW and took the review away with him. Nicholls has taken his time and is looking to press on now, but the key will be Kane Williamson. They have started to slowly control their innings after those teasing first 10 overs.
It seems like an excellent game plan here from these two: one reading all the bowlers so that he could attack them later while the other is keeping the run rate in check. Nicholls has weathered the early storm--which looked like a passing wind, in fact--and looks to go strong henceforth. Especially against Liam Plunkett, against whom, he's middling everything--though, he has failed to find gaps on some occassion.
NZ have scored 25 runs in the last 5 overs, and are 70/1 after 17.
Wood replaces Wood
Woakes' first spell ends at seven overs. On comes Mark Wood now. He is getting some movement here off the pitch, swinging it way from the right-hander. Some might wonder, why he didn’t open alongside Chris Woakes. But it was always a tough choice, given how good Archer is and has been at the World Cup.
He’s bowled well, save a couple of wides, and the one angling down the leg side. Williamson was late on the pull, but catches his gloves and run pasts the keeper for a boundary. Eight runs come from that over, and NZ are now 63/1 after 15.
England first bowling change
Liam Plunkett comes into the 12th over as England's first bowling change, and Nicholls has looked positive against him. He has gone for a pull and a whip down the leg side for a coupla twos. Six runs come from that over, and Nicholls seems to be getting into his groove now. Henry Nicholls played eight attacking shots in the first 10 overs, but he's played seven in the last two overs.
Kane would be a happy customer watching his man find form from the other end. It's important they all contribute--it's a team game, after all! NZ 47/1 after 13 overs. Meanwhile, Woakes continues from the other end.
Williamson gets off strike 12th ball
That's the number of balls the Kiwis captain had to face before he could score his first runs on the board--the first of many to come, surely. But this goes on to say the tight lines bowled by both Archer and Woakes. Splendid, splendid first Powerplay for the England. But a point for New Zealand as well: they got away the crucial period with just one wicket! Now comes the rebuilding part, of which--and he has shown all throughout this tournament--Williamson is a master.
Nicholls strikes a loosener from Woakes to the left of backward point for a cracking boundary. NZ are 40/1 after 11 overs.
Just another day!
New Zealand opening partnerships in the World Cup 2019: 137*, 35, 0, 12, 0, 5, 29, 2, 1 & 29 (last).
Woakes is certainly bowling tight lines and lengths here. He has brought back a lot of confidence from the last match against Australia, and tell you what, it's going to be a bit more difficult for the New Zealand to get him away.
Oh, dear! He's been given! Just as I was writing this. And Martin Guptill's forgettable tournament comes to an end with the bat. He consults with his partner, and goes for a review into the final moments. The ball-tracking shows the ball crashing into the top of middle. Wonder why he even took the review if it didn't edge it? More of wishful thinking, really!
NZ 29/1 after 7 overs. Williamson comes in early for the umpeenth times this tournament. Three slips for the Kiwi captain.
Welcome to the World Cup, Martin Guptill!
Oh, ho! Hold your breath, people! Martin Guptill has just find his way into the tournament! He looks super positive, and has shown intent to hit the strokes--and that, too, against England's best: Jofra Archer. First a SIX! A steer up and over the slip cordon. And then, when Archer went full, he absolutely smashed the ball back past him! He seems to have made up his mind.
Review saves Nicholls!
Oh, that was given! It nipped back in, and up went the finger to Woakes' lbw appeal. Nicholls has a chat with his partner and wants a review. Rightly so! The ball-tracking showed the ball going over the top of middle.
Chris Woakes raps Henry Nicholls on the pad, and the umpire gives him out!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 14, 2019
But Nicholls reviews and is reprieved, with DRS showing the ball would have passed just over the stumps.
England are making the ball talk, but New Zealand are hanging in there...#CWC19 | #NZvENG pic.twitter.com/17ZucCaYp6
Jofra Archer from the other end
And he starts with a ripper first over. What a beaut! And it's again the penultimate delivery that has got to Guptill. Squared him up completely in defence. Umprire Marais Erasmus on the money: it hit the pocket of Guptill's trousers on the way to the keeper.
NZ 5/0 after an over
A little bit of luck the fifth ball, and it's run away for a boundary. New Zealand will take that. There's been a lot of talk about their incompetence with the bat--save Kane Williamson. And it has to start with Martin Guptill, the senior player. A good start for New Zealand but certainly some movement on offer here.
Battle: Archer vs Williamson
One of the world’s best batsmen faces against one of the world’s best fastest bowlers at the Home of Cricket in a fight to be the World Champion. Kane Williamson, who has almost single-handedly powered New Zealand to the World Cup 2019 final; Jofra Archer, fresh from battering Australia in the semi-final—and the outcome of this grand finale could very well depend on this battle. When these two players squared off in the group stages of the tournament, Archer only bowled 12 deliveries to Williamson. But the Kiwi skipper could only score three runs off Archer, and was troubled by his pace and bounce—but he weathered Archer’s storm before getting out in an unfortunate manner.
With no other New Zealand batsman averaging over 45 in the tournament, the Black Caps depend heavily on their captain to do the heavy lifting. And England know that half their battle against the Kiwis is knocking over Kane Williamson early. That’s where Jofra Archer comes in: with 19 wickets in 10 matches, Archer is England’s highest wicket taker—and his pace and bounce make him challenge against the best of batsmen.
Playing XI: No Changes
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
NZ win the toss, bat first
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has won the toss and elected to bat first in the World Cup final at Lord's!
Most ODI victories and win percentage since the 2015 World Cup
65 - England (66.33%)
63 - India (66.32)
50 - South Africa (60.24)
49 - New Zealand (57.65)
44 - Australia (51.16)
40 - Pakistan (45.45)
37 - Bangladesh (52.86)
Toss delayed by 15 minutes
Some tough decisions coming in from Lord’s. The toss has been delayed by 15 minutes, which means, it will take place 2.45pm IST. The game will also commence with a 15 minute delay, i.e. at 3.15pm IST. Worry not, my friend! The conditions look sunny now and the wait shouldn't be longer than this.
Eng vs NZ: Head to head
England have won seven of their last nine ODIs against New Zealand. However, New Zealand have defeated England in both the ODIs played at Lord’s. England’s record at Lord’s is of 5-5 in the last 10 ODIs while New Zealand’s win/loss record at Lord’s in ODIs is 3-1.
ICC CWC 2019 Final: England vs New Zealand Live streaming
The England vs New Zealand final match will start at 3:00 pm IST while the toss will take place at 2:30 pm. The match will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1 HD and Star Sports 1 with English Commentary, and on Star Sports Hindi HD with Hindi Commentary. You can also live stream Eng vs NZ cricket match on the Hotstar app and Hotstar website.