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New Zealand vs England, World Cup 2019 - Live Score, Full Scorecard, Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Lord's, London

England
241 (50.0)
VS
New Zealand
241/8 (50.0)

Match Ended ( Day - Final ) New Zealand tied with England (England win Super Over by boundaries)

02nd InningsEngland
Batting R B 4s 6s
Jason Royc Tom Latham b Matt Henry172030
Jonny Bairstowb Lockie Ferguson365570
Joe Rootc Tom Latham b Colin de Grandhomme73000
Eoin Morgan (C)c Lockie Ferguson b Jimmy Neesham92200
Ben Stokesnot out849852
Jos Buttlerc sub b Lockie Ferguson596060
Chris Woakesc Tom Latham b Lockie Ferguson2400
Liam Plunkettc Trent Boult b Jimmy Neesham101010
Jofra Archerb Jimmy Neesham0100
Adil Rashidrun out (Mitchell Santner)0000
Mark Woodrun out (Jimmy Neesham)0000

Fall of Wickets

1-28 (Jason Roy, 5.4ov), 2-59 (Joe Root, 16.3ov), 3-71 (Jonny Bairstow, 19.3ov), 4-86 (Eoin Morgan, 23.1ov), 5-196 (Jos Buttler, 44.5ov), 6-203 (Chris Woakes, 46.1ov), 7-220 (Liam Plunkett, 48.3ov), 8-227 (Jofra Archer, 49ov), 9-240 (Adil Rashid, 49.5ov), 10-241 (Mark Wood, 50ov)
Bowling O M R W
Trent Boult100670
Matt Henry102401
Colin de Grandhomme102251
Lockie Ferguson100503
Jimmy Neesham70433
Mitchell Santner30110
01st InningsNew Zealand
Batting R B 4s 6s
Martin Guptilllbw b Chris Woakes191821
Henry Nichollsb Liam Plunkett557740
Kane Williamson (C)c Jos Buttler b Liam Plunkett305320
Ross Taylorlbw b Mark Wood153100
Tom Lathamc sub b Chris Woakes475621
Jimmy Neeshamc Joe Root b Liam Plunkett192530
Colin de Grandhommec sub b Chris Woakes162800
Mitchell Santnernot out5900
Matt Henryb Jofra Archer4210
Trent Boultnot out1200
Lockie Ferguson

Fall of Wickets

1-29 (Martin Guptill, 6.2ov), 2-103 (Kane Williamson, 22.4ov), 3-118 (Henry Nicholls, 26.5ov), 4-141 (Ross Taylor, 33.1ov), 5-173 (Jimmy Neesham, 39ov), 6-219 (Colin de Grandhomme, 46.5ov), 7-232 (Tom Latham, 48.3ov), 8-240 (Matt Henry, 49.3ov)
Bowling O M R W
Chris Woakes90373
Jofra Archer100421
Liam Plunkett100423
Mark Wood101491
Adil Rashid80390
Ben Stokes30200
02nd InningsEngland
We see the term, cricket is the real winner being used very frequently but this was the game in which cricket, indeed was the real winner. What a game! It was a great pleasure to bring you all the updates and coverage of this magnificent showpiece event. England are the new World Champions. New Zealand are the people's champ. They go back with their head's held high. Thanks for joining us on this magnificent journey. Hope you all had as much fun as we had. Looking forward to your company soon. Till then, take care and cheers!
Eoin Morgan says there was not a lot in the game, the spirit, the fight New Zealand showed was very commendable and today was a hard game. States on a tough wicket they managed to restrict them to a good score but they kept losing wickets. Buttler and Stokes' partnership took it deep. States they have developed a lot in the last 4 years, they struggle on such wickets but today was about getting over the line and it means a lot them. Mentions the guys in the middle kept them really cool, they have some of the best players in the World and there was not a lot between the two sides. Credits Buttler and Stokes and also Archer for the way he bowled. Appreciates Archer for his effort and says he keeps improving. Ends by saying it has been an incredible transformation and there have been a lot of people involved, even the players who missed out due to injury are a part of this.
Time now for the England players to collect their winner's medal and now Eoin Morgan has a chat.
Williamson says that it was a good decision to bat as the pitch was on the drier side. Says that they wanted to put runs on the board, admits he would have wanted 10-15 runs more but the pressure of Final meant it was a good target. Credits his boys for building the pressure. Further credits England for the way they played and congratulates them for their victory. On the Stokes incident, he says it was a shame but reckons that's the game they play and they have to accept it. Says bowling Neesham from the down slide was a risk but it was worth it and it paid off.
The Kiwi players are now called up to receive their runners-up medals and now Kane Williamson will have a chat.
Player of the Tournament, Kane Williamson, says he would swap both the trophies for one extra run. States It is not only the one run but there were many decisive moments. Congratulates England for the way they played. Mentions the pitches have been different to what they expected, there has not been a lot of high scores. Tells they showed a huge amount of heart to get to this stage and is happy with how they played throughout. Ends by saying the guys are shattered at the moment, it is very devastating, this is very tough to swallow but he is happy with how they played.
Ben Stokes is named the Man of the Match. Stokes says that it is a good feeling. Tells all the hard work in the last 4 years has paid off. This was the place they wanted to reach and they have. Thanks the fans for their support. Tells him and Buttler just wanted to take it deep and they also wanted to make sure that the run rate did not shoot up. Smiles and says he definitely was not going to bowl the Super Over. Says that he is a professional cricketer and he was ready to bat and credits Archer for bowling that Super Over. Stokes then adds that the support from the fans, friends and families was unbelievable.
First up, the match referee, on-field umpires, Third umpire and Fourth umpire, walk up to take their medals.
Time now for the presentation...
Liam Plunkett is now giving an interview. He says it was a great day and tells it was an unbelievable game of cricket. Credits New Zealand for the way they played. On how it felt to bat after bowling so well, Plunkett says the idea was just to give as much strike to Stokes and even when he got caught he knew they had batters who could finish the game and take them over the line.
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Joe Root now is up for a chat, he says that it is an unbelievable feeling. Tells everyone had done everything and they have come through the tough situation, especially in the group stage. Says he is happy for Stokes as he proved himself.
Jonny Bairstow says he is elated and says it was one heck of a game and it has been one hell of a tournament. Buttler now says it is unbelievable, he felt he saw everything in cricket but this was something else. Bairstow then adds that the Kiwis bowled pretty well, New Zealand then got them under a lot of pressure but the way Stokes and Buttler played was brilliant. Buttler then informs they wanted to take it deep. Further adds the run rate would not be an issue if they were there till the end and they just wanted to keep going and what happened in the end was unbelievable. Bairstow ends by saying the atmosphere was brilliant, to playing at Lord's is one thing and to play a World Cup finals is something different.
In the Super Over, England batted first and smashed their way to 15 runs. In reply, New Zealand too started brilliantly, especially when Neesham hit that six on the second ball, New Zealand were favorites to lift it. However, it was Archer who kept his cool and with New Zealand needing two runs on the last ball to win the game, he conceded only one to help ENGLAND CREATE HISTORY!
242 did seem a challenging target as the wicket was not an easy one and England struggled throughout their innings. They lost Roy early. New Zealand then choked the runs and that pressure saw Root, Bairstow and Morgan throwing their wickets away. Buttler and Stokes then started the fightback with a 100-plus runs stand saw them get on top of the game. Both got to half tons in the same over. However, the game once again changed in the 45th over when Buttler holed out. Stokes kept losing partners and the task kept getting difficult for him. He needed 15 in the last over and it came down to 15 in the last 4 balls. A biggie followed and a fortunate four overthrows saw them needing 2 on the very last ball which was hit only for a single, leading to the Super Over.
It all began with a delay as the toss was pushed 15 minutes further which eventually was won by the Kiwis. They elected to bat. However, it wasn't a great day with the bat for them as they managed to crawl their way to 241 mainly due to exceptional efforts with the ball by Plunkett and Woakes. The Kiwi batters like, Nicholls who scored a half ton, Williamson and Latham did get off to starts but no one managed anything very significant.
WHAT A GAME THIS WAS! Surely worthy of a final. Also, to remind you all, we still do not have a clear winner. Even the Super Over was a tie. England won as they hit more boundaries. For now, let us summaries the game right from the start as it seems a long time ago.
Jubilation out there! England have won the World Cup for the very first time in the most dramatic manner. The crowd here is going bonkers, the players are running around in joy. Nobody out there can control their emotions. The Kiwi players on the other hand, surely must be heartbroken. They had the match in their bag even during the normal 50 overs and also during the Super Over. Nevertheless, it was England's day and they are now the World Champions!
Ball 6: Archer to Guptill, 1 run and run out. OUT! RUN OUT! Full on the pads, Guptill hits it towards deep mid-wicket and looks for two. The ball goes straight to the fielder. The throw at the keeper's end is a bad one but Buttler gets to the ball, stretches and dislodges the bails. Guptill is found short and ENGLAND WIN THE WORLD CUP!
Ball 5: Archer to Neesham, 1 run. Bouncer! Neesham looks to pull but gets it off the inner half of his bat. The ball hits his leg and goes to the side of the pitch on the off side. They take a run. 2 needed in 1. If the Super Over ties then England lift the cup as they have hit more boundaries.
Ball 4: Archer to Neesham, 2 runs. Full on off, Neesham flicks it wide of deep mid-wicket and he hurries for the second. Archer misses the ball at the bowler's end and Guptill is in.
Ball 3: Archer to Neesham, 2 runs. Slower ball on a length, Neesham swings his bat at it. It goes to the left of long on. Roy misfields allowing them to get the second with ease.
Ball 2: Archer to Neesham, SIX! SIX! This one is out of here! Neesham has demolished it. Full on off, Neesham smashes it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum. 7 needed in 4.
Ball 1: Archer to Neesham, 2 runs. This time bowls a yorker on off. Neesham manages to squeeze it towards long off and scamper through for the second.
Ball 1: Archer to Neesham, wide. WIDE! Archer bowls a brilliant wide yorker. Neesham swings his bat at it but misses. It is outside the tramline and it has been wided.
A tough task awaits New Zealand. Their batters walking out are Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham. The latter will be on strike and he will be facing Archer.
England have made complete use of the 6 balls they faced. They have set a target of 16 for New Zealand. This is going to be very difficult against Archer.
Ball 6: Boult to Buttler, 4 runs. FOUR! Full toss on the pads, Buttler hits it over mid-wicket and gets a boundary. Excellent finish to the Super Over for England. England finish with 15.
Ball 5: Boult to Buttler, 2 runs. Excellent ball. Low full toss on middle, Buttler manages to suqeeze it wide of sweeper cover and runs hard. He managesd to get the second too.
Ball 4: Boult to Stokes, 1 run. Full toss but cannot make the most of it. It is around off, Stokes hits it to covers and just gets a single.
Ball 3: Boult to Stokes, 4 runs. FOUR! Just about beats the dibving long on fielder. Full on middle and leg, Stokes swings his bat at it and gets it wide of the long on fielder. The man fro, long on runs to his left and puts a dive but to no avail.
Ball 2: Boult to Butter, 1 run. Cannot get under it. Full on middle and leg, Buttler hits it hard but to the man at deep mid-wicket. Just a single.
Ball 1: Boult to Stokes, 3 runs. Fuller and outside off, Stokes swings across the line but it goes off the outside edge, over short third man for three.
It is Buttler and Stokes who are walking out to the middle. Trent Boult is will bowl the Super Over!
This is unreal stuff! The finals of the World Cup has gone into the Super Over! Who would be happier at the moment? Surely England. However, it is them who will be batting first. Who will be three batters for them? Roy, Buttler and Stokes? Who will New Zealand give the ball too? We will find out.
49.6
W
OUT! He has not! WE HEAD INTO THE SUPER OVER! What an end to the game. A full toss on middle, this is hit down to long on. The batters take one, they go for the second. It is thrown to the bowler who collects it and whips the bails off. The umpire goes upstairs to check and replays show that Wood is way short.
Has Boult taken the bails out of his hands! If he has not, we are in for a Super over.
Mark Wood is the last man in for England. 2 needed in 1. Super over anybody?
49.5
W
OUT! RUN OUT! Just the single! 2 needed on the last ball. Full and outside off, Stokes hammers it down to long off and the batters take one. They go for the second. Santner throws it to the bowler who collects it and whips the bails off.
49.4
6
FOUR OVERTHROWS! BUT SIX RUNS IN TOTAL! This is very fortunate for England. Very fortunate. And what a time for luck to turn their side. This is a full toss on middle, Stokes mistimes it towards deep mid-wicket. They take one and go for the second. Guptill throws it towards the keeper. Stokes dives in the attempt to make it in. The ball hits hi bat and goes away from the fielder backing up and towards the third man fence. 3 needed in 2. This is nail-biting stuff.
49.3
6
SIX! He does hit it! This is an outrageous shot. A slog sweep to the pacer and it goes all the way. Boult misses the length and bowls it full outside off. Stokes drags it over the mid-wicket fence.
49.2
0
Make that 15 in 4. A slower one around off, Stokes hits it to covers. Need a boundary on the next ball. They just need one on this ball.
49.1
0
Excellent stuff! Nothing you can do with that. A yorker on off, Stokes jams it out towards cover. He thinks of a run but then sends him back. 15 in 5.
Adil Rashid coming in for the final over of this world cup.
49 Over
2 | 9 Runs | HH: 227/8
48.6
W
OUT! KABOOM! A first-baller for Archer. He keeps it simple, it is on the stumps. Archer swings across the line. He misses, the ball hits the pads and the ball deflects onto the stumps. 15 needed in the last 6 balls. It is going to be Boult against Stokes who will try and face all six balls. Who will keep his nerve?
48.5
1
Just the single this time! Fuller and on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
48.4
6
Boult has touched the ropes! SIX! This could probably be the game changing moment. Boult was very casual there, very casual. A slower one outside off, Stokes drags it towards wide long on. Boult there takes it inside the ropes, the momentum though takes him aback. He ends up touching the ropes and then throws it back towards Guptill. Too late by then as Martin signals it is a six.
Jofra Archer is the new man in to partner Stokes now.
48.3
W
OUT! Plunkett holes out! It is not just a wicket but a dot. Another delivery used up. It is now 22 from 9. A slower one on off, Plunkett looks to go downtown but fails to get the timing right. Boult at long off makes no mistake. However, the important thing is the batters have crossed. Stokes will be on strike.
48.2
1
Just the single again! A low full toss on the pads, Stokes can't do a lot with that. He whips it to deep square leg and takes one. He once again falls down on the ground.
48.1
1
Gets Stokes on strike on the first ball itself! A slower one on middle, Plunkett drags it towards deep square leg for one.
Jimmy Neesham to bowl the crucial 2nd last over!
48 Over
0 | 10 Runs | HH: 218/6
47.6
1
A single to end! Plunkett will be on strike in the next over. A yorker on middle, Liam jams it out to long on. Stokes runs the first one hard. Santner though gets to the ball quickly and they have to settle for one.
47.5
2
Close! Two runs! A low full toss on middle, Plunkett hits it down to long on. They take one and go for the second. Santner fires it to the bowler who looks to deflect it on the stumps but can't.
47.4
0
A dot now! Shorter and outside off, Liam looks to pull but is beaten by pace. He was maybe expecting a slower one as Taylor did indicate Boult to bowl that. He did not though.
47.3
2
A couple now! This is full and on middle, Plunkett hits it through wide mid on. Santner from long on runs to his right, slides and saves two.
47.2
1
Just a single now! A low full toss on the pads, this is worked towards fine leg for one. Matt Henry did brilliantly. He got to the ball quickly and kept it down to one.
47.1
4
FOUR! What a shot! He has pierced the gap brilliantly! Perfect start to the over. Boult misses his length by just, it ends up being in the slot. Stokes whips it through mid-wicket and bags a boundary.
Trent Boult is back into the attack now.
47 Over
1 | 5 Runs | HH: 208/6
46.6
0
A dot to end a brilliant over from Ferguson! Just the 5 runs and a wicket from it. A slower bumper, Ferguson looks to pull but misses. His figures today are 10-0-50-3. England need 34 in 18.
46.5
4
FOUR! This is handy, very handy from Plunkett! Anything from his bat, is just gold for England and a boundary is brilliant. It is full and on the pads, Liam whips it through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence.
46.4
0
Another dot! Fuller and on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
46.3
0
Beautifully bowled! A slower one around off, it pitches and straightens. Plunkett is completely deceived. He tries to defend but gets beaten.
46.2
1
Good length and on off, Stokes pushes it to mid off. The Kiwis won't mad as that brings Plunkett on strike.
Liam Plunkett is the new man in. A dozen years on from his last ODI world cup, can he do it on the grandest stage here? 39 needed off 23 deliveries.
46.1
W
OUT! Ferguson gets another one! Woakes fails to make an impact! Ideal start to the over. Credit to Tom Latham too. he made a difficult catch look easy. This is short and on middle, Woakes looks to heave it across the line but only gets a top edge. It goes behind to Latham who settles under it and takes it by tumbling forward. Third for Ferguson. Into the bowling all-rounders are New Zealand. Stokes will probably have to do it alone now.
46 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 203/5
45.6
4
FOUR! Releases a lot of pressure! 39 needed in 24. This is very full and on middle, Stokes whips it through mid-wicket. It is away from the fielder in the deep and a boundary results.
45.5
1
One more single! New Zealand won't mind. This is very full and outside off, Woakes carves it down to third man for one.
45.4
1
Just the run! Would have been a wide had Stokes left it. Short and way outside off, this is slapped through covers for one.
45.3
0
This is on middle, Stokes looks to flick it but misses to get hit on the pads. A dot more importantly.
45.2
1
Slower and fuller and on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
45.1
0
A dot to begin! The Kiwi players are very close, stopping the single. This is on off, Woakes guides it to point.
Jimmy Neesham is back on!
45 Over
1 | 7 Runs | HH: 196/5
44.6
0
Ferguson has his tails up! That is a quick delivery! It is bowled at 144 KPH. It is on a length and outside off, Stokes hangs his bat out but gets beaten.
Chris Woakes is the new man in.
44.5
W
OUT! In the air... taken! Buttler is out of here! Another excellent catch by a New Zealand fielder. It is Southee, the sub who has taken it. Fielding wins you games and this catch probably can win New Zealand the World Cup. It is a slower one outside off, Buttler once again tries to reach out for it. He ends up slicing it towards sweeper cover. Tim runs in and takes it with a slide. End of a brilliant partnership and a lovely innings from Buttler but they needed both to go on. 46 needed in 31. Game once again evenly poised.
44.4
0
A dot! Gold at this stage! Short and wide outside off, Buttler looks to cut but misses.
44.3
2
A couple now! This is outside off, Buttler throws his bat at it. It goes off the outside edge down to third man. Boult runs to his right and pushes it back in just before he touches the ropes. The umpire though goes upstairs to check and replays show that he has done well.
44.2
4
FOUR! Just over and a boundary that too early in the over. A low full toss outside off, Buttler reaches out for it, gets it just over the leaping cover fielder and into the boundary. Pressure on the bowler now.
44.1
1
On the pads, Stokes pulls it down to fine leg for one.
44 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 189/4
43.6
0
A brilliant delivery to end! A yorker on middle, Buttler jams it out on the off side. So despite the boundary, only 6 from it. 53 needed in 36 balls.
43.5
1
Brilliant delivery, a yorker and on middle, Stokes jams it down to long on for one. Stokes now gets to his fifty. A very sedate celebration by him as he knows there is a still long way to go.
43.4
1
Very full and on middle, this is hit towards mid off for one.
43.3
0
Goes short now and outside off, Buttler looks to cut but misses.
43.2
4
FOUR! Up and over! Fifty up for Buttler. He hasn't had a great tournament but comes to the fore in the Finals. Rightly called the man for the crisis for England. His job is yet not done though. This is very full and outside off, Buttler lofts it over covers and bags a boundary. Also, the 100-run stand is up. Outstanding. Probably the stand which wins England their first World Cup.
43.1
0
A dot to begin! Very full and on off, Buttler strokes it to covers.
Trent Boult is back now! He needs to get his side a wicket here.
43 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 183/4
42.6
1
A single now to end! Fuller and outside off, Buttler gets bat to ball. It goes towards third man for one. 59 needed in the last 7 overs.
42.5
2
Good cricket all around! Firstly, it is a very good dipping slower full ball on middle. Buttler had already moved across to play the paddle scoop. In the end he does well to deflect it away towards fine leg. The fielder there runs to his right, dives and saves two for his side.
42.4
1
Brilliant delivery! A slower yorker outside off, Stokes looks to jam it out but it goes off the inner half towards mid off for one.
42.3
0
A dot now! Shorter and on the body, Stokes ducks under it. He wanted a wide but not given.
42.2
1
Very full and on middle, Buttler hits it to the left of mid on. They take one and Buttler wants a second but is sent back in time by Stokes.
42.1
1
Close shave! Good length and on middle, Stokes pushes it towards mid off and takes off. Williamson has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. It would not have made a difference though.
42 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 177/4
41.6
1
A single to end another good over. Back-to-back good ones for New Zealand. Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for one. 65 needed in 48.
41.5
0
One more dot! This is very full and on the pads, Stokes looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
41.4
0
The batter is down on the ground! A quick yorker. This time, Stokes gets his bat down and jams it out towards mid-wicket. No runs as Stokes too is on the ground.
41.3
2
Lovely placement! A slower one on middle, Stokes works it through square leg. It is in the gap and two is taken.
41.2
0
Goes fuller and on middle, Stokes plays it to mid-wicket where Taylor does well.
41.1
1
Shorter and outside off, Buttler slaps it through covers for one.
Jimmy Neesham is back!
41 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 173/4
40.6
1
Follows it up with a slower one on middle, Buttler hits it down to long on for one. A brilliant over, just three from it.
40.5
0
A sharp bouncer! Buttler in the end, does well to bail out of the pull shot.
40.4
1
A little too straight, Stokes works it through square leg and gets to the other end.
40.4
1
Down the leg side and it has been wided!
40.3
0
Fuller again and on middle, Stokes hits it back to the bowler.
40.2
0
Shorter in length and around off, Stokes pushes it to covers.
40.1
0
A yorker outside off, Stokes jams it out to the left of the bowler.
Powerplay 3 is on now. 5 fielders can be placed outside the circle now.
40 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 170/4
39.6
4
FOUR! Trademark Buttler! He brings out the paddle scoop. Despite the fine leg behind behind, he gets a boundary as he scoops it nice and fine. Spoils the over, 8 from it. 72 needed in 60. End of a very good spell by Matt Henry overall, 10-2-40-1.
39.5
1
Shorter and on off, Stokes pushes it down to long on for one.
39.4
1
Another easy run! This is on the pads, Buttler nudges it around the corner and takes one. England slowly getting on top here.
39.3
1
On the pads, this is worked through square leg and a single is taken.
39.2
0
Extra bounce! Nicely played in the end! Shorter and outside off, Stokes initially looks to cut but there is some extra bounce. Stokes does well to take his bat out of the way.
39.1
1
Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for one.
Matt Henry to bowl out!
39 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 162/4
38.6
0
On the middle pole, Stokes pushes it to mid on.
38.5
1
Slower and it is fuller on off, Buttler hits it towards mid off and gets to the other end.
38.4
1
Goes for a yorker but ends up bowling a low full toss. Stokes hits it towards mid on for one.
38.3
0
Back of a length again on middle, Stokes stands tall and keeps it out.
38.2
4
FOUR! Short boundary and it races away! Shorter in length and on middle, Stokes gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket. The ball races away.
38.1
0
Back of a length and on off, Stokes guides it to point.
38 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 156/4
37.6
0
A dot to end! Fuller and outside off, Buttler hits it crisply but to covers. 7 from the over. 86 needed in 72.
37.5
4
FOUR! This is hit powerfully! Too full and Neesham pays the price. Fuller and on middle, Buttler powers it past the bowler to the long on fence.
37.4
0
Fuller in length and on middle, Buttler chips it well short of the mid on fielder.
37.3
1
Slower and shorter in length outside off, Stokes slaps it through covers and gets to the other end.
37.2
2
Almost chops one on! This is shorter and outside off, Stokes comes down the track and looks to slap it but gets an inside edge which goes past the leg stump down to fine leg for two. 150 up for England.
37.1
0
Good length and on off, Stokes pushes it to the man at covers.
Jimmy Neesham is back on!
37 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 149/4
36.6
0
Another dot so a good comeback after going for a boundary on the first ball. This is short and on the body, Buttler works it to mid-wicket. 93 needed in 78.
36.5
0
Goes wide of the crease and angles this into the off pole, Buttler defends it out.
36.4
0
Fuller and on off, Buttler pushes it to covers.
36.3
1
Shorter and on the body, this is pulled down to fine leg for one.
36.2
1
Uppish but safe! On a good length and around off, Buttler looks to push at it. The ball sticks in the surface. It goes uppishly but in the gap through covers for one.
36.1
4
FOUR! Length ball wide outside off and it gets the punishment. Buttler swings his bat at it and the ball races to the point region for four runs.
Lockie Ferguson is back!
36 Over
0 | 2 Runs | HH: 143/4
35.6
0
A dot to end! Back of a length on off, Stokes defends it.
35.5
1
NOT OUT! Stokes is in easily! This is on the pads, Buttler works it through mid-wicket. They take one and Buttler wants a second, he turns and sets off. Stokes sends him back. The fielder scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. They appeal and it has been taken upstairs. Replays show that Buttler is fine.
An appeal for a run out has been taken upstairs! Buttler seems fine.
35.4
0
NOT OUT! It indeed is going down leg! Not sure why they reviewed! It always looked like it would go down. New Zealand lose their review. This is fuller and on the pads, Buttler looks to flick but misses. A huge appeal but the umpire turns it down. Williamson is asking the question and his bowler asks him to review it. He does so but replays show that the on-field call is the right one.
A huge appeal for an LBW has been turned down. New Zealand review. Buttler is the man in question. It seems to be going down.
35.3
0
BEATEN! The slower one outside off,it stays low and also cuts back in Buttler looks to push at it but misses.
35.2
1
Good length and on off, Stokes pushes it through covers and takes one.
35.1
0
Back of a length and on off, Stokes works it to mid-wicket.
35 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 141/4
34.6
0
A dot to end as Buttler works it to mid-wicket. Once again Santner is hardly giving anything away. Just the 11 from his three overs.
34.5
1
This is now eased down to long on for one.
34.4
0
On middle, Stokes works it to short fine leg.
34.3
1
Floats it up on off, Buttler hits it down to long off for one.
34.2
1
The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
34.1
1
A better throw and Stokes would have been in trouble. You do not expect that from Neesham as he is a very good fielder! This is flatter and on middle, Buttler works it towards square leg and takes off. Neesham picks the ball up and fires it well wide of the keeper. No overthrows taken though.
DRINKS! England need 105 runs in 96 balls.
34 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 137/4
33.6
0
Just short! Stokes is guilty of closing the face of the bat early as he tries to flick. A soft leading edge is produced which falls short of the diving bowler. 8 from the over, a good one for England.
33.5
1
Shorter and around off, Buttler guides it down to third man and gets to the other end.
33.4
1
A single now! Fuller and outside off, Stokes strokes it through covers for one. 50-run stand up between these two and it is a very important one. They know only half the job is done and they need to keep going.
33.3
2
Third couple in the over! The crowd here seems to have found its voice back. Shorter and outside off, Stokes guides it past point and collects two.
33.2
2
Short and on middle, Stokes comes down the track again and pulls it through mid-wicket for another two.
33.1
2
Good length ball outside off, Stokes comes down the track and swings his bat at it. The ball uppishly goes to deep third man for a couple.
33 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 129/4
32.6
0
Another dot to end! On middle, Buttler lunges and defends it out. Just the three runs from the over.
32.5
0
On the stumps, this is blocked.
32.4
1
A single now! On middle, Stokes flicks it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
32.3
0
Well fielded! It is Guptill again! on the stumps, Stokes pushes it towards mid on. Guptill at short mid-wicket dives to his right and stops it.
32.2
1
Shorter and around off, Buttler goes back and punches it through covers for one.
32.2
1
Down the leg side, Buttler looks to flick but misses. Wided.
32.1
0
Flatter and on off, Buttler pushes it to covers.
32 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 126/4
31.6
1
A single to end as Buttler strokes it to the fielder at sweeper cover.
31.5
0
Fuller on off, Buttler pushes it to mid off.
31.4
0
Shorter and around off, Buttler looks to pull but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
31.3
4
FOUR! In the air... but just wide! Shorter in length and outside off, Buttler hops, does not get on top of the bounce but manages to guide it wide of point and it races away to the fence. Welcome boundary.
31.2
1
Shorter and on off again, Stokes pushes it towards mid off for one.
31.1
1
Back of a length on off, Stokes pushes it through covers for one.
31 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 119/4
30.6
1
Gives it a lot of air and lands it on middle, this is eased down to long on for one.
30.5
1
Slower through the air on middle, Stokes pushes it back past the bowler and down to long on for another single.
30.4
1
This is flatter and on middle, Buttler works it through mid-wicket for one.
30.3
1
Flatter and on middle, this is eased down to long on for one. 400 runs for Stokes in this World Cup.
30.2
0
On the stumps this time, Stokes pushes it back to the bowler.
30.1
0
Flatter and outside off, Stokes looks to cut but misses.
Mitchell Santener is into the attack now.
30 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 115/4
29.6
1
Shorter and around off, Stokes hits it to the right of mid off and takes a single. Just the 4 from the over. 127 needed in the last 20 overs.
29.5
0
Another good length ball on off, Stokes guides it to point.
29.4
1
Good length and around off, Jos stands tall and pushes it through covers for one.
29.3
0
Fuller and around off, Buttler strokes it to covers.
29.2
1
On middle, Stokes works it towards mid-wicket for one.
29.1
1
On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
Trent Boult is back!
29 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 111/4
28.6
1
In the air... but safe! This is full and wide outside off, Buttler throws his bat at it. It goes off the outside edge uppishly but short of third man. One taken. End of a brilliant spell by Colin de Grandhomme. His figures are 10-2-25-1.
28.5
2
Fuller and on off, Buttler strokes it to mid off.
28.4
0
Fuller and on off, Buttler strokes it to mid off.
28.3
1
Outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
28.2
0
This is angled into the batter, Stokes looks to work it with the angle but closes the face early. A soft leading edge is induced to mid off.
28.1
1
This is on off, Buttler looks to defend it with an angled bat. It goes off the inner half through square leg for one.
28 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 106/4
27.6
1
Another single to end! Shorter and outside off, Jos pushes it through covers for one.
27.5
0
The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
27.4
1
Sees Stokes come down the track and bangs it short. Stokes mistimes it through mid-wicket for one.
27.4
1
Wide! Down the leg side, Stokes looks to flick but misses. Wided.
27.3
4
FOUR! Hammered! 100 up in style for England. Stokes comes down the track and makes it into a half volley. He powers it past the bowler and the ball races away to the fence.
27.2
0
On the shorter side, Stokes stands tall and slaps it to covers.
27.1
1
Shorter and outside off, this is hit through covers for one.
27 Over
0 | 0 Runs | HH: 98/4
26.6
0
Another maiden from Colin. This is bowled outside off, Stokes looks to guide it down to third man but misses. Latham does not collect it cleanly.
26.5
0
5 dots in a row! On a length and around off, Stokes pushes it to covers.
26.4
0
This is on the pads, Stokes works it to mid-wicket.
26.3
0
Outside off, this is guided to point.
26.2
0
On the bounce! Good length and on middle, it stops in the surface. Stokes pushes hard at it. It goes uppishly but well short of mid on.
26.1
0
Outside off, the batter does not fiddle with it.
26 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 98/4
25.6
2
A couple to end! This is on a length and around off, Buttler pushes it through covers and takes two.
25.5
1
Back of a length on off, Stokes pushes it through covers for one.
25.4
0
The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
25.3
0
Another dot! On a good length and on off, Stokes looks to defend but gets an inside edge on the leg side. Run rate needed per over has touched 6.
25.2
0
Fuller and on off, this is hit to mid off.
25.1
2
NOT OUT! He is well in! This is full and outside off, Stokes hits it through covers. They take one and go for the second. Stokes is late to take off. The fielder throws it to the keeper who whips the bails off. Stokes does not ground his bat properly and hence the keeper appeals. The umpire takes it upstairs and replays show he has his bat in.
A run out appeal has been taken upstairs. Stokes does not look worried though.
25 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 93/4
24.6
1
A single to end de Grandhomme's 8th! On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
24.5
0
On the middle pole again, Stokes keeps it out.
24.4
0
On the stumps again, Stokes defends it out.
24.3
1
On middle, Buttler works it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
24.2
1
Outside off, the batter tries to defend but it goes off the outside edge down to third man for one.
24.1
1
Buttler takes a few steps down the track. This is worked through square leg for one.
24 Over
1 | 3 Runs | HH: 89/4
23.6
0
Stokes is cut into half there! This is on off and this one jags back in. Stokes fails to get bat on ball and the ball sneaks between the bat and body. End of a very good first over by Neesham.
23.5
0
Another one outside off, Stokes does not fiddle with it.
23.4
0
Outside off, the batter lets it be.
23.3
1
Good length and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.
23.2
2
Buttler is underway! He works this through square leg for two.
Jos Buttler is the new man in. Someone needs to steady the ship for England here. New Zealand piling on the pressure.
23.1
W
OUT! THAT IS CLEAN AS A WHISTLE! Morgan has to walk back! Jimmy Neesham has started his spell off in dream fashion. However, a lot of credit here has to be given to Ferguson. He just finished his spell and now has put in a brilliant effort in the field. Morgan dances down the track and Neesham bowls it short and wide outside off. Eoin slaps it but does not keep it down. It seems as if, it would fall safe but Ferguson in the deep, runs in, dives forward and seems to have taken it. Neesham is not sure but Ferguson signals out as soon as he gets up. Morgan is going nowhere. The umpire takes it upstairs and the soft signal is OUT! Replays roll in and they show that the on-field call is the right one. Also, replays show that Morgan straightaway knew he was in trouble when he hit it. He screamed a loud no as soon as the ball connected the bat. New Zealand on top here.
Another big moment in the game! Has Ferguson taken the catch cleanly? He has signaled out. The umpire has taken it upstairs and the soft signal is OUT! Morgan is the man in question.
Jimmy Neesham is on now!
23 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 86/3
22.6
0
Another one on middle, Stokes pushes it to mid on again. Just the boundary in the over.
22.5
0
On the stumps again, Stokes pushes it to mid on.
22.4
0
Good length and on off, Stokes keeps it out.
Latham now finally decides to come up to the stumps.
22.3
4
FOUR! Too short and it is easy for Stokes. He comes down the track and Colin bangs it very short. Stokes pulls it through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence.
22.2
0
Shorter and around off, Stokes guides it to cover-point.
22.1
0
This is angled into the off pole, Stokes lunges and keeps it out.
22 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 82/3
21.6
0
A dot to end! Shorter and around off, Morgan guides it to point. A good over for England. 7 from it.
21.6
5
FIVE WIDES! Much-needed bonus runs! This is very short on middle, it keeps rising. Morgan evades it. Latham has no chance behind and it races to the fence.
21.5
0
Goes back to bowling it on a length and around off, this is kept out.
21.4
2
Not a good follow up ball! This is on the pads, Morgan looks to flick but misses. It goes off the pads towards fine leg. Two leg byes.
21.3
0
That is a brute of a delivery! It is short and a very well-directed one. Morgan looks to duck under it but it hits the helmet and goes to the keeper. A few Kiwi players are appealing but nothing from the umpire. The umpire then walks upto Morgan to ask whether he is fine and Morgan shows him the thumbs up.
21.2
0
Shorter on middle, this is kept out.
21.1
0
Goes for the yorker but ends up bowling a low full toss. Morgan hits it back.
21 Over
0 | 2 Runs | HH: 75/3
20.6
0
Stokes once again comes down the track but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He defends it out. Another good over by Colin de Grandhomme.
20.5
0
On the stumps, this is defended.
20.4
0
BEATEN AGAIN! This is shorter in length and outside off, Stokes looks to put bat to ball but misses.
20.4
1
Good keeping! This is down the leg side. Stokes looks to flick but misses. Latham dives to his right and stops it.
20.3
0
Well bowled! Stokes comes down the track and Colin lands it behind a length outside off. Ben looks to defend but is beaten.
20.2
0
Outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to that one.
20.1
1
On the fuller side on off, Morgan strokes it through covers for one.
20 Over
1 | 7 Runs | HH: 73/3
19.6
1
Another back of a length ball on off, Morgan pushes it through covers for one. 7 runs but a big wicket in the over. 169 needed in 180.
19.5
0
Back of a length and on off, Morgan hops and keeps it out.
19.4
1
Shorter in length and on the body, Stokes works it towards fine leg for one.
The new batsman in is Ben Stokes.
19.3
W
OUT! Drags it on! Jonny Bairstow is out of here. Ferguson has the last laugh. Another English batter who falls to a loose stroke. This is short and outside off, Bairstow goes after it away from his body, he ends up playing outside the line. The ball takes the inside edge and deflects onto the stumps. The dropped catch does not cost a lot. Jonny fails after getting off to a start. England in a spot of bother here.
19.2
4
FOUR! That is pure timing! Not a bad ball this. It is on a length and around off, Bairstow stands tall and pushes it on the up through covers. No chance for any fielder.
19.1
1
On the pads, Morgan looks to flick but misses. It hits the pads and rolls towards fine leg. A run taken. It is signaled as a leg bye.
19 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 66/2
18.6
0
Bairstow misses out! A full toss and Jonny may have been caught by surprise. He tries to flick but it goes off the inner half to short fine leg.
18.5
1
De Grandhomme goes for a short ball but it won't trouble Morgan at that pace. He pulls it to fine leg for one.
18.4
0
One more dot! Shorter and around off, Morgan cuts it but to point.
18.3
0
Third time in a row Morgan uses his feet. Eoin does not get to the pitch of it and EM defends it.
18.2
0
Uses his feet again but Colin lands it shorter on off. It angles away. Morgan has a poke at it and gets beaten.
18.1
2
Just over! Morgan would surely be worried for a bit there. He comes down the track and Colin bowls it outside off. Morgan looks to slap it but it goes off the toe end over mid off for two.
18 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 63/2
17.6
0
This is angled into the batter, Bairstow strokes it towards mid on. Boult runs to his left but does not stop it cleanly. No runs conceded though.
17.5
1
Takes on the pull this time and hits it towards fine leg for one. This bumper was not high enough to trouble the batter.
17.4
0
A sharp bumper now and on the body, Morgan ducks under it. He would be getting quite a few short balls from Ferguson.
17.3
0
Very full and on the pads, Morgan looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
17.2
2
Fuller and around off, Morgan guides it past point and takes two.
17.1
0
Back of a length on off, Morgan guides it to point. The fielder fumbles but no runs taken.
17 Over
1 | 1 Runs | HH: 60/2
16.6
0
Defended off the front foot by Bairstow back to the bowler. Top over by de Grandhomme, a run and a wicket from it!
16.5
0
Length ball just outside off, plays it onto the ground.
16.4
1
The ball takes the outside edge and goes towards the slip region. Morgan is off the mark.
Eoin Morgan is the new man in.
DRINKS!
16.3
W
OUT! Caught behind! Colin de Grandhomme gets Root! Another loose stroke from Joe Root. The last two balls he faced, the shots he played, it was very uncharacteristic from him. De Grandhomme bowls this full and wide outside off. It is the sucker ball. Root is sucked into the stroke. He goes after it away from the body. The ball takes the outside edge and goes into the mitts of Latham. Body blow for England as Root is supposed to be the batter around whom everyone plays around. Game on here! 183 needed in 201 balls.
16.2
0
Ambitious from Root! Very uncharacteristic from him. He comes down the track and Colin shortens his length. Root looks to go over mid-wicket but misses.
16.1
0
A huge shout but not given! Missing leg! This pitches around middle and then comes back in. Root looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
16 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 59/1
15.6
1
Shorter and around off, Root guides it down to third man for one. Just the three from Ferguson's first.
15.5
0
On the shorter side to Root. Root pulls it but straight to short backward square leg.
15.4
1
Brilliant from Williamson! This is fuller and on off, JB strokes it wide of Williamson at mid off. He moves swiftly and with a slide stops it. Only a run.
15.3
0
Another back of a length ball on off, Jonny pushes it to mid off.
15.2
0
Back of a length on off, Bairstow stands tall and pushes it to covers.
15.2
1
A short one but this is down the leg side. Wided.
15.1
0
Shorter and outside off, Bairstow looks to punch it through the off side but is beaten as the ball comes in with the angle.
Lockie Ferguson is on now!
15 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 56/1
14.6
0
A dot to end! Shorter and outside off, Root looks to cut but ends up chopping it to the keeper.
14.5
1
A fumble and a run! This is on middle, Bairstow works it towards mid-wicket. The fielder dives to his right but does not stop it cleanly.
14.4
1
This is outside off, Root guides it towards point and a run is taken.
14.3
2
Runs now coming for England! A couple! Fuller and around off, Root drives it past the diving cover fielder and takes two.
14.2
1
On middle, Jonny pushes it down to long on and gets to the other end.
14.1
0
On off, Bairstow pushes it back to the bowler.
14 Over
0 | 9 Runs | HH: 51/1
13.6
1
A single now! Shorter and on middle, this is pushed to mid on. 9 from the over. 191 needed in 216.
13.5
4
FOUR! Streaky but England won't care! Back-to-back boundaries to bring up the 50. This is wide outside off, Jonny throws his hands at it. It goes off the inside edge past the off pole and down to the fine leg fence.
13.4
4
FOUR! Releases the pressure that was building. A little too straight and on the pads, Bairstow flicks it through mid-wicket and bags a boundary.
13.3
0
Another beauty! This is angled into off, it pitches and then moves away. Bairstow shoulders arms to this one.
13.2
0
Slightly fuller and on off, Bairstow strokes it to mid off.
13.1
0
Very full and on middle, Bairstow hits it to mid on.
13 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 42/1
12.6
1
An easy single! Shorter on middle, Jonny punches it down the ground to long on and gets to the other end.
12.5
0
On middle, Bairstow works it to mid-wicket.
12.4
1
Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
12.3
0
On the stumps, Root pushes it to the right of the bowler who dives and stops it.
12.2
0
Fuller and outside off, Root mistimes it to mid off.
12.1
1
This is on middle, JB works it through square leg for one.
12 Over
0 | 0 Runs | HH: 39/1
11.6
0
Three maidens in a row! This is fuller and on the pads, Root looks to flick but once again closes the face of the bat early. Another soft leading edge to covers.
11.5
0
Loose shot! This is just outside off, not the ball you can cut. Root still looks to do so but is beaten.
11.4
0
Takes a few steps down the track but Henry shortens his length. Root pushes it to mid on.
11.3
0
Attacks the stumps again and Root defends it out.
11.2
0
On the fuller side and on off, Root pushes it to mid off.
11.1
0
On off, it is kept out.
11 Over
0 | 0 Runs | HH: 39/1
10.6
0
DROPPED! It could have been a wicket maiden but instead is only a maiden. That should have been taken. Colin de Grandhomme is the culprit himself. He goes full and on off, Jonny smashes it back towards the bowler. It comes at a good height but Colin fails to hang on. This could be very, very costly.
10.5
0
This is on middle, Bairstow pushes it to mid on. 5 dots in a row. Another maiden?
10.4
0
On a good length and on the stumps, Bairstow guides it to point.
10.3
0
Another one on a length and outside off, JB lets it be.
10.2
0
Uppish but safe! This is on off, Bairstow pushes hard at it. It goes uppishly but well short of mid off.
10.1
0
Good length and outside off, Bairstow lets it be.
Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over. Colin de Grandhomme is into the attack now.
10 Over
0 | 0 Runs | HH: 39/1
9.6
0
6 dots which means a maiden! This is angled into the middle pole, Root looks to play it with a straight bat but it goes off the inner half to mid-wicket. England are 39 for 1 after 10. The game is nicely poised at the moment.
9.5
0
On the shorter side on middle, Root pushes it back to the bowler. 5 dots in the over.
9.4
0
Root misses out there! It is on the pads. Root looks to flick but misses. The ball brushes the pads and goes to the keeper.
9.3
0
This is just lovely bowling, you can't do anything about that. This starts on off which means the batter has to play at it. The ball then leaves him. Root's outside edge is beaten.
9.2
0
Back of a length on off, Root goes back and pushes it to covers.
9.1
0
On middle, Root works it with the angle to mid on.
9 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 39/1
8.6
0
A good ball to end! Outside off, the batter shoulders arms to this one.
8.5
4
FOUR! Too short and put away! It bounces at a good height for the batsman. Bairstow pulls it through square leg and the ball races away to the fence.
8.4
0
On the fuller side outside off, Jonny looks to hit it through the off side but it goes off the inner half back to the bowler.
8.3
0
Back of a length on off, JB stands tall and defends it onto the ground.
8.2
0
Good carry! This is outside off and slanting away. Bairstow lets it be. Latham collects it at head height.
8.1
1
Slightly fuller and outside off, Root strokes it through extra cover. Williamson from mid off slides and keeps it down to one.
8 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 34/1
7.6
0
This is outside off, Jonny shoulders arms to this one. Another good over from Henry.
7.5
0
BEATEN! This is lovely bowling from Henry. This is full and on off, it swings away late. Jonny looks to drive but is beaten.
7.4
1
Leading edge for one! This is on off, Root looks to flick it but closes the face of the bat early. It goes off the leading edge wide of mid off for one.
7.3
0
Slightly fuller this time on off, Root pushes it to mid off.
7.2
0
Angles it into the off pole, Root defends it out.
7.1
0
This is outside off, Root lets it be.
7 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 33/1
6.6
0
Another one outside off, Bairstow lets it be. Boult has been a touch expensive here. He has gone for 21 in his 4. New Zealand need a wicket from him.
6.5
0
Wider outside off, Bairstow lets it be.
6.4
0
This is on off and it angles away. Jonny keeps it out.
6.3
4
FOUR! Lovely shot by Bairstow. He has creamed this. Fuller and on middle, Jonny strokes it past the diving mid on fielder and the ball races away.
6.3
1
Down the leg side, it is wided. Latham does well to dive to his left and take it.
6.2
0
On the pads, Bairstow looks to flick but mistimes it to square leg.
6.1
0
Fuller in length and on off, Bairstow strokes it to mid off.
6 Over
1 | 4 Runs | HH: 28/1
5.6
0
Back of a length and on off, Root goes back and keeps it out. End of a successful over for New Zealand. Another 214 needed for England.
5.5
0
Good length and on off, this is defended.
Joe Root is the next man in for England.
5.4
W
OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Matt Henry has broken through. Once again he is the man who has provided the breakthrough for New Zealand with the new ball. A much-needed one and for once, England's opening stand does not account for a lot. This is another superb delivery. It is slightly fuller and then shapes away. Roy pushes at it but does so inside the line. The ball takes the outside edge and goes low to Latham who takes it with a dive forward and across. Roy starts walking but the umpires want to check if it has carried and replays show it has. New Zealand are delighted.
5.3
0
Good comeback! This lands on off and moves away. Roy plays inside the line and gets beaten.
5.2
4
FOUR! It is raining boundaries here! This was uppish but in the gap. On a good length and around off, Roy strokes it on the up and hits it wide of cover for a boundary.
5.1
0
On the fuller side and on off, Roy strokes it to mid off.
5 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 24/0
4.6
0
Goes back to bowling length and on off, Jonny defends it. A good over for England.
4.5
4
FOUR! Second boundary in the over! Very full and on off, Bairstow leans into it and strokes it through extra cover for a boundary.
4.4
0
Goes short now and on the body, JB ducks under it.
4.3
4
FOUR! Bairstow's first boundary! Just a little bit fuller by Boult and it is outside off, Bairstow strokes it past cover and the ball races away to the fence.
4.2
0
Almost! This starts from outside off and then it tails back in. Bairstow looks to drive but misses to get hit high on the thigh pad.
4.1
0
Fuller and on middle, Bairstow works it to mid-wicket.
4 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 16/0
3.6
2
Up and over! Not a boundary but still, a couple. Roy comes down the track and looks to go big. Does not time it well but hits it well enough to get it over mid on.
3.5
0
This is angled into the batter, Roy works it to mid-wicket.
3.4
1
On a good length again, Bairstow tries to defend but it goes off the outside edge down to third man for one.
3.3
1
A little too straight, Roy works it down to fine leg and takes one.
3.2
0
Lovely! This is angled into the batter, Roy has to defend at it but the ball pitches and moves away. Beats the outside edge.
3.1
0
Good length and outside off, Roy lets it be.
3 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 12/0
2.6
1
A single to end! Fuller and on middle, Roy pushes it towards mid off for one.
2.5
4
FOUR! A very good response by Roy. He comes down the track and stays leg side of the delivery. Boult bowls it short. Roy guides it past cover-point and it races away.
2.4
0
What a delivery that is! Roy is really lucky to still be out there. A yorker and it is an inswinging one. The line though is on the pads. Roy fails to jam it out and it goes between his legs to the keeper.
2.3
1
Almost drags it on! This is outside off, Bairstow goes after it away from his body. He gets an inside edge onto the pads. It goes down to fine leg for one. JB is off the mark.
2.2
0
Slightly shorter and on middle, it pitches and comes back in. Bairstow looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
2.1
0
OHHHH! This is fuller and on middle, it tails back in. Jonny gets his front leg out of the way and flicks it to mid-wicket.
2.1
1
WIDE! Way too wide outside off, JB lets it be and it has been wided.
2 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 5/0
1.6
4
FOUR! Straight down the ground! First boundary of the run chase and it comes off the bat of Roy. Henry goes very full this time, Roy strokes it through mid on and the ball races away. A boundary to end but a very testing over by Henry.
1.5
0
Back of a length on off, Roy stands tall and pushes it to mid off.
1.4
0
Roy now dances down the track and Henry bowls it on the stumps. Roy pushes it to mid on.
1.3
0
Another cracking ball! On a length again and on off, this one moves away and also takes off. Roy tries to defend but is beaten.
1.2
0
That has cut Roy into half! Roy is really riding his luck out there. This lands on a length and around off, it comes back in. Roy looks to defend but does so outside the line. The ball sneaks between the gap and goes over the stumps.
1.1
0
On the stumps, Roy works it to mid-wicket.
Matt Henry to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
1 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 1/0
0.6
0
OHHH! A dot to end a very good over by Boult. Another inswinger on middle, Bairstow flicks it to square leg.
0.5
0
Inward movement again but this time the line is a little too straight. Bairstow looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
0.4
0
Back of a length and on off, Bairstow defends it out.
0.3
0
Outside off, Jonny shoulders arms to it.
0.2
1
This one is slanted across the right-hander. Roy looks to drive but the ball goes off the outer half down to third man for one. England are underway.
0.1
0
NOT OUT! That is umpire's call! The on-field call stays. A very good review by New Zealand. They do not lose it. A brilliant delivery to begin with by Boult. This starts on off and then this one comes back in. Roy looks to drive but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head. New Zealand review and the replays show it to be clipping the leg pole. That could have gone either way. Top start to the chase.
Action straightaway! A huge appeal for an LBW has been turned down. New Zealand review. Looks very close.
We are back for the chase! The Kiwi players are out in a huddle. They now make their way to the middle. The England openers, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy, follow them. Trent Boult has the first new ball in hand and he will be bowling to Jason Roy. Here we go...
01st InningsNew Zealand
The target is not a big one and you would expect England to chase this down. New Zealand though defended something similar in their Semi Finals. If their bowlers get it right on this wicket, it could be a tricky chase. Who will win the World Cup? Join us in a while to find out.
Liam Plunkett says it is nice to be part of this occasion. States they bowled well, it is a good pitch and he feels they bowled some tight lines and have done well to restrict New Zealand. Informs he tried to smash the pitch with his variations. Further adds he uses the cross-seam a lot and he has worked on it. He is hoping that they can chase this target down.
The English bowlers were spot on today! Yes, you can say that they were not that great from overs 11 to 20 but sparing that, they were exceptional. Liam Plunkett was the star as he provided vital breakthroughs and finished with a three fer. Chris Woakes had another excellent day in the office as he took took a 3-fer. Archer was exceptional in the death. Rashid and Wood kept it tight. Overall one can say, their bowlers have risen to the occasion. One of their stars, Liam Plunkett, is up for an interview now.
Another excellent bowling performance by England! They will be extremely pleased with where they are at the moment. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Guptill came out with a positive approach. He though did not last for long. Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls, who scored a half ton, did steady the ship with a very good stand but once the skipper fell, New Zealand kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Also, the new batters who came in found it very difficult to time the ball. None of them got going. Latham did hold one end up but just could not give the finishing touch to the innings. Overall, not a batting performance which will please the Kiwis.
49.6
0
A dot off the last ball! Interestingly, Santner ducks under it. It is short and on the body. MS evades it. He then wants a run and sets off but then is sent back. Just the three runs in the last over. NEW ZEALAND FINISH WITH 241/8!
49.5
1
A single so Santner will face the last ball! Full and on off, Boult hits it towards mid off for one.
49.4
0
Boult moves around his crease to disturb the length of the bowler. Archer goes full and attacks the stumps. Boult jams it back to the bowler.
Next batsman in is Trent Boult.
49.3
W
OUT! Knocked him over! Henry has been bowled off a full toss. Henry may not be ready for it. It is on off at 147 KPH. Henry swings but misses to see the furniture behind get disturbed. So just a boundary for Henry. Archer gets his 1st, his 20th in the World Cup.
49.3
1
WIDE! Way too short and on middle, Henry looks to pull but misses.
Load More
49.2
1
Santner makes room and Archer bowls it full. Santner hits it towards cover and takes off. The fielder has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. Santner did dive in but seems to have hurt himself. He is fine though.
49.1
0
Santner shuffles right across and Archer bowls it on a length and on the leg stump. MS misses the flick.
49 Over
1 | 13 Runs | HH: 238/7
48.6
4
FOUR! Henry comes out and hits it first ball for a much-needed boundary. He had no problems against the slower one. He waits for it and then whacks it over the mid-wicket fielder and into the fence. A huge over this, 13 from it. 12 needed now for 250.
48.5
1
A single now! Fuller and on off, this is hit towards mid off for one.
48.4
0
Nothing on the Free Hit! Another slower one outside off, Santner looks to go big but misses.
48.4
1
NO BALL! That has slipped out of the hand! A high full toss. Santner looks to pull but the ball hits the higher portion of the bat. Free Hit coming up.
The next batsman in is Matt Henry. New Zealand crumbling here at the death.
48.3
W
OUT! Another soft dismissal! No fifty for Latham. A slower full toss outside off, Latham looks to loft it over mid off but is early in the shot. It goes off the toe end straight to mid off where Vince, the sub, takes another catch. Can England now bowl New Zealand out? They are into the bowling all-rounders.
48.3
5
FIVE WIDES! Bonus, bonus runs for New Zealand. This goes completely wrong. Woakes tries a slower bumper but it is down the leg side. Latham lets it be. It bounces in front of Buttler and then spins away. No chance for him and it races to the third man fence.
48.2
1
Shortish and on middle, Satner pulls it through mid-wicket for one.
48.1
1
NOT OUT! The picthing is indeed the issue! It is outside leg. England lose their only review. Latham shuffles right across and Woakes bowls it on a length. Latham looks to play his favourite pick-up shot but misses to get hit on the pads. The bowler is appealing as the ball rolls on the leg side. The batters hesitate but then go for a run. There is a run out chance but Woakes misses his shy at the non-striker's end. Woakes reviews and replays show that the on-field call is the right one.
England review! An appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Latham is the man in question. The pitching seems to be an issue.
48 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 225/6
47.6
1
Another slower short ball on middle, Latham pulls it behind square on the leg side for one. Another brilliant over from Archer. 25 needed in the last 2 to get to 250.
47.5
1
One more low full toss on off, Santner pushes it to mid off and gets to the other end.
47.4
1
Even the full toss can't be made use of. This is outside off. Latham mistimes it towards covers for one.
47.3
0
Another sharp bouncer and Latham ducks under it. A dot is gold dust at this stage.
47.2
1
Shorter and on off, Santner guides it towards point for one.
47.1
1
On the pads, this is worked towards backward square leg for one.
47 Over
1 | 6 Runs | HH: 220/6
46.6
1
On the pads again, Latham works it through mid-wicket and takes one.
Mitchell Santner is the next batsman in.
46.5
W
OUT! In the air... taken! Colin de Grandhomme's struggle comes to an end. He just never timed the ball that well and now departs. The slower one gets the better of him. It is on middle. Colin looks to whip it on the leg side but closes the face of the bat very early. A leading edge is induced which lobs to mid off where Vince, the sub, takes an easy catch.
46.4
1
No timing at all! Another slower one outside off, Latham looks to drag it on the leg side but it goes off the bottom part through mid-wicket for one.
46.3
1
One more single! This is on off, Colin looks to work it on the leg side but gets a soft leading edge to point for one.
46.2
2
One more slower one on middle, de Grandhomme waits for it and works it behind square on the leg side for two.
46.1
1
Slower ball outside off, Latham hits it towards mid off for one.
Chris Woakes is back into the attack now.
46 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 214/5
45.6
0
Three dots in a row! This is surely frustrating de Grandhomme. A slower bumper now, Colin tries to pull but is done in by the pace. Just the three from the 46th. That is outstanding stuff.
45.5
0
Another dot! This is fuller and on middle, de Grandhomme smashes but can't get past mid on.
45.4
0
Safe! Colin de Grandhomme is just not looking comfortable out there. This is short and on the body. Colin looks to pull but is hurried into the stroke. It hits his glove first, then the back of the bat and lobs short of the keeper. Dot.
45.3
1
Another good slower one on middle, Latham works it through mid-wicket and takes one. Singles won't bother England.
45.2
1
Archer goes for a yorker now but ends up bowling a low full toss. De Grandhomme works it through mid-wicket for one.
45.1
1
On middle, Latham pulls it through mid-wicket for one.
45 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 211/5
44.6
0
A dot to end! So just the 7 from the over despite the biggie. Short on middle, Grandhomme evades it.
44.5
1
NOT OUT! He still makes it in! This is short and on the body, Latham looks to pull but gets a top edge towards fine leg. They take one. Colin de Grandhomme wants a second and he sets off. Latham sends him back. The fielder throws it to Buttler who takes a few steps ahead to collect it. He turns and hits the stumps at his end. The umpire takes it upstairs but replays show that Colin is fine.
A run out appeal has been taken upstairs. England do not seem confident. De Grandhomme was a touch lazy in getting in.
44.4
0
OHHH! This is shorter and on middle, Latham looks to pull but is beaten by pace. He gets hit on the body.
44.3
6
SIX! All the way! That is a big hit as it is the longer part of the ground. Releases all the pressure that was building. A welcome biggie. Wood misses his mark and ends up bowling a full one on middle, Latham nonchalantly whips it over the mid-wicket fence.
44.2
0
One more swing and a miss! Outside off, Latham looks to drag it on the leg side but misses.
44.1
0
On a good length and outside off, it seems to be a cutter. Latham mistimes it back towards the bowler who misfields but no runs taken.
44 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 204/5
43.6
1
Slower and on middle, Latham works it through mid-wicket for one.
43.6
1
Another wide! This is short and down the leg side again. Latham ducks under it.
43.6
1
Now goes for the yorker but this is down the leg side. Wided.
43.5
1
And now the slower bumper. Colin does not pick it again. He tries pulling it but misses. It hits the body and rolls towards third man for one. Leg bye signaled.
43.4
0
Just short! Another short ball and this is also quick. Colin de Grandhomme is late in the pull. It goes off the splice but lands short of covers.
43.4
1
WIDE! Way too short this time, de Grandhomme lets it be. Wided. 200 up for New Zealand.
43.3
1
That was quick! Latham makes room. Archer bowls a sharp bumper on the body. Latham somehow pulls it through mid-wicket for one.
43.2
1
Completely foxed! A slower ball bumper. Colin is way too early in the shot. It hits his body and goes on the off side. A leg bye taken.
43.1
1
Fuller and on middle, Latham works it towards wide mid on for one.
43 Over
0 | 10 Runs | HH: 196/5
42.6
1
Uppish but safe! Shorter again and outside off, Latham looks to drag his pull but mistimes it. It lands well short of deep mid-wicket for one. A good over for the Kiwis. 10 from it.
42.5
1
Slower one outside off, Colin guides it down to third man for one.
42.4
2
A couple now! Good running! Picked on the right fielder. This is into the pads, de Grandhomme works it towards fine leg. They take one, see it is Rashid who is fielding it. Go for the second and complete it.
42.3
4
FOUR LEG BYES! Fortunate boundary. New Zealand won't care. This is shorter and on the body, Colin de Grandhomme looks to duck but is late in doing so. The ball hits the shoulder and goes over Buttler to the fine leg fence.
42.2
1
Another single! This is around off, Latham guides it towards backward point and gets to the other end.
42.1
1
This is on the pads, Colin works it to fine leg for one.
Mark Wood is back on!
42 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 186/5
41.6
0
A dot to end! A bumper and Latham ducks under it.
41.6
1
A wide! Down the leg side, Latham misses the flick and it has been wided.
41.5
1
A direct hit would have been tight! This is fuller and on off, Colin strokes it firmly to mid off and sets off. The fielder picks the ball up and has a shy but misses.
41.4
1
On the fuller side on off, this is pushed towards mid off and the batters set off. The fumble from the fielder makes the single easy.
The physio is out in the middle.
41.3
1
In the air... but safe! Shorter and on the body, it hurries onto Colin. He looks to pull but gets a top edge which hits the helmet and lobs away from point. A single taken. The umpire checks whether Colin de Grandhomme is fine.
41.2
0
BEATEN AGAIN! Colin de Grandhomme is playing tentatively. He once again pushes at a ball outside off. He gets beaten.
41.1
1
Slower one on middle, Latham works it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
Jofra Archer is back!
41 Over
0 | 2 Runs | HH: 181/5
40.6
0
Leading edge but safe! Fuller and on middle, Colin looks to work it on the leg side but closes the face of the bat early. He gets a soft leading edge to covers. Just the 2 from Liam's last. End of his spell for today, he has been brilliant. Took three important wickets and only gone for 42.
40.5
0
Another good delivery! A cross-seam ball around off, it pitches and straightens. Colin looks to defend but is beaten.
40.4
1
Another shorter delivery, Latham pulls it through mid-wicket for one.
40.3
1
Slower ball and that sticks in the surface. Colin works it through mid-wicket and takes one.
40.2
0
Sees de Grandhomme come down the track and bangs it short. Colin ducks under it.
40.1
0
BEATEN! This lands on off and then straightens. Colin does well to bail out of the shot.
Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Now England can have a maximum of 5 fielders outside the ring till the end of the innings.
40 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 179/5
39.6
1
A single to end! This is on off, Colin hits it towards cover for one.
39.5
0
Good length and on off, Colin looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
39.4
2
Lovely from Bairstow! Wood goes full but on the pads, Colin works it behind square. Bairstow in the deep stops it with a dive. He saves two for his side.
39.3
0
Rushed into the shot there! This is shorter and on off, skids through. De Grandhomme is late in the pull and mistimes it to mid-wicket.
39.2
2
Off the mark with a brace! Shorter and outside off, Colin guides it through backward point for two.
39.1
1
Shorter and around off, Latham guides it down to third man for one.
De Grandhomme is the new man in. New Zealand need some quick runs here.
39 Over
1 | 8 Runs | HH: 173/5
38.6
W
OUT! CAUGHT! Neesham has thrown it away! This is a soft, soft dismissal. Neesham will be very disappointed with himself. Once again it is Plunkett who is the partnership breaker. His third of the day. It is another scrambled seam delivery and it is on middle. Neesham looks to go over mid on. The idea was right but the execution and the timing was not there. It goes straight to Root there who makes no mistake. England once again strike at the right time. Half the side back in the hut for New Zealand. 250 looks a long way away now. 8 runs but a wicket from the over.
38.5
4
FOUR! This is turning out to be a good over for New Zealand! A strong shot this by Neesham, This is shorter and outside off, Neesham slaps it through covers and the ball races away to the fence.
38.4
2
Very well played! This is slightly outside off. Neesham plays it very late and gets it fine on the off side for two.
38.3
1
Back of a length and outside off, Latham guides it through point for one.
38.2
1
Good length again and on off, this is guided down to third man for one.
38.1
0
A swing and a miss! Good length and around off, Neesham looks to heave it over the leg side but misses.
38 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 165/4
37.6
1
A single to end! This is around off, Neesham pushes it through point and gets to the other end.
37.5
0
A sharp bumper! Neesham evades it.
37.4
0
On the off pole, Neesham guides it to point.
37.3
1
Shorter and outside off, Latham plays it late down to third man for one.
37.2
0
BEATEN! Good comeback! This is on a length and around off, Latham plays inside the line and gets beaten.
37.1
4
FOUR! Class, that shot was pure class! This is a length ball around off, Latham just plants his front foot forward and just pushes it past covers. It races away. Ideal start to the over. They need to make use of it.
37 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 159/4
36.6
0
A dot to end! On off, Neesham guides it to point.
36.5
1
Good batting! Follows the boundary with a single toward mid on. The fielder there did score a direct hit at the non-striker's end but the batter was well in.
36.4
4
FOUR! No, it has bounced just before! A boundary signaled but a welcome one. This is slightly short and on the body, Latham pulls it uppishly but in the gap in the backward square leg region for a boundary.
Has that gone all the way? The umpire has gone upstairs to check. It looks like it hit the cushions on the full.
36.3
0
Back of a length on off, Latham guides it to point.
36.2
1
Good running! On middle, Neesham looks to play it late. He gets an inside edge beside the pitch and a single is taken. Jimmy was late to take off but he made it easily.
36.1
0
Back of a length and on off, Neesham guides it to point.
Liam Plunkett is back into the attack. He has been brilliant today.
36 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 153/4
35.6
0
Another brilliant over by Wood! On off, this is kept out.
35.5
0
Beaten for pace! Fuller and outside off, Latham looks to drive but is late on the shot.
35.4
1
Good fielding! This is short and on middle, Neesham nails the pull shot through mid-wicket. Woakes runs to his right, dives and stops it nicely. Keeps it down to one. Latham did want a second but Neesham was not interested.
35.3
0
A bumper and JN ducks under it.
35.2
0
Back of a length and on off, it is kept out.
35.1
0
Fuller outside off, driven nicely to covers. Neesham is timing the ball well here.
35 Over
0 | 11 Runs | HH: 152/4
34.6
1
A single to end a very good over for New Zealand. Fuller and on middle, Neesham strokes it to mid on and gets to the other end.
34.5
4
FOUR! Second boundary in the over! Another good shot. Stokes goes short this time. Neesham is up for it. He pulls it through wide mid on and it goes away to the fence.
34.5
1
WIDE! This is down the leg side, Neesham looks to flick but misses. Wided.
34.4
4
FOUR! That has gone to the fence so very quickly! This is on the pads, Neesham loves it there. He whips it past the deep mid-wicket fielder and into the fence. He is off the mark in style. First boundary in 92 balls.
34.3
0
One more dot! Shorter and outside off, Neesham cuts but straight to point.
34.2
0
Neesham misses out there! A full toss on the pads, JN looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
34.1
1
Uppish but in the gap! Good length and around off, Latham drives it on the up through covers for one.
34 Over
1 | 0 Runs | HH: 141/4
33.6
0
Top class over comes to an end! This is around off, Neesham plays inside the line and the ball whizzes past the outside edge. A wicket maiden by Wood.
33.5
0
This is angled into the pads, Neesham looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
33.4
0
Good length and on off, this is blocked.
33.3
0
A bumper on middle, Neesham ducks under it.
33.2
0
Good length and on off, Neesham keeps it out.
Jimmy Neesham walks out to bat.
33.1
W
OUT! LBW! Wood strikes straightaway after being brought into the attack! Once again the bowling change does the trick for England. Another big wicket for England. He was supposedly going to be the anchor once Williamson fell but he too has to take the long walk back. Wood lands this around off and then this jags back in. Taylor looks to flick but misses to get hit around the knee roll. A huge appeal follows and the umpire raises the finger. No reviews left so Taylor has to continue walking back. New Zealand in trouble. Now then... that did look high and Hawk Eye confirms that it is going over.
Mark Wood is back!
33 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 141/3
32.6
1
Good length and on off, Taylor defends inside the line, it goes off the outside edge down to third man for one.
32.6
1
Shorter and outside off, RT looks to cut but misses. Wide signaled!
32.5
2
TWO LEG BYES! This is on the pads, Taylor misses the flick. The ball hits the pad and rolls towards fine leg.
32.4
1
Outside edge but a run! Length and around off, this pitches and straightens. Latham looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge down to third man for one.
32.3
1
1000 runs for Ross Taylor in World Cups! Ball was bowled on the shorter side again, Taylor pulls it in front of square for one.
32.2
1
Goes short! Latham gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg for one.
Some saw dust being applied at the bowler's landing area.
32.1
0
Good length on off, Latham guides it to point.
32 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 134/3
31.6
0
The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. Just the 12 in the last 4 overs.
31.5
0
On the stumps, Taylor defends it.
31.4
1
On middle, Latham works it through mid-wicket for one.
31.3
1
One more delivery on the pads, Taylor works it through square leg for one. Also, Taylor has now scored 1000 runs in the World Cup. Second Kiwi player to do so.
31.2
1
Latham comes down the track and hits it down to long on for one.
31.1
1
On the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
DRINKS!
31 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 130/3
30.6
0
A dot to end! Shorter in length and outside off, Latham slaps it hard but to point.
30.5
1
A little too straight to Taylor again. He works it behind square and takes one.
30.4
1
On off, Latham pushes it towards mid off and gets to the other end.
30.3
0
Extra bounce! This is shorter and around off, Latham looks to cut but is beaten by the extra bounce.
30.2
1
This is angled into the pads, Taylor flicks it down to fine leg for one.
30.1
1
This is shorter and on middle, Latham works it through square leg for one.
Ben Stokes is on now!
30 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 126/3
29.6
1
A single to end as Latham hits it down to long on.
29.5
1
Clever, clever bowling! He sees Taylor come down the track and bowls it flatter and outside off. Taylor looks to cut but ends up chopping it over the hand of the keeper and towards short third man for one.
29.4
0
Three dots in a row! Taylor comes down the track and pushes it to covers.
29.3
0
On the stumps again, Taylor pushes it back to the bowler.
29.2
0
The slider on middle, Taylor works it to mid-wicket.
29.1
1
A googly, Latham picks it late, he does well though to adjust and push it through covers for one.
29 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 123/3
28.6
1
A single to end! This is on the pads, Latham works it towards fine leg and gets to the other end.
28.5
0
Another dot! This is on middle, Latham works it to mid-wicket.
28.4
0
Plunkett's boot just saved a boundary! This is fuller and on middle, Latham hits it back towards the bowler who stops it with his feet.
28.3
0
Good length and on off, Latham taps it towards point and wants a run but is sent back.
28.2
0
Almost another drag on! Latham comes down the track a little. Plunkett continues bowling it on a length. Latham looks to push it through the off side but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
28.1
0
Lands it on a good length and outside off, Latham lets it be.
28 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 122/3
27.6
0
Another dot to end! A googly on middle, Taylor works it to mid-wicket.
27.5
1
Misfield and a run! This is on middle, Latham hits it back towards the bowler who lets it through and a run is taken.
27.4
1
Fuller and on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
27.3
1
Length ball on the pads, pushed to deep square leg for a single. Latham gets off the mark!
27.2
1
The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
27.1
0
A little turn there! This is on middle, Taylor looks to defend but it straightens. It goes off the outer half to point.
27 Over
1 | 4 Runs | HH: 118/3
26.6
0
On the fuller side, Latham strokes it to mid off. Another successful over for Liam.
Tom Latham is the new man in. He scored a half ton the last time these two sides met. Another performance like that would he handy for New Zealand.
26.5
W
OUT! Drags it on! Plunkett now has both the set batters. Nicholls does not last for long after getting to his half ton. A loose, loose shot. This is another scrambled seam delivery outside off, Nicholls goes after it away from his body with no foot movement. He gets an inside edge which hits the stumps behind. Plunkett is bowling a brilliant second spell. New Zealand suddenly in a spot of bother.
26.4
1
Just outside off, Taylor guides it down to third man and takes one.
26.3
3
Three now! Fuller and on off, Nicholls hits it past the diving cover fielder. It is not very well timed. The fielder in the deep runs to his left and saves a run for his side.
26.2
0
Fuller in length and on off, HN mistimes it towards mid off.
26.1
0
On the off pole, Nicholls defends it back to the bowler.
26 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 114/2
25.6
1
Henry now steps down, he does not get to the pitch of the ball but adjusts well and works it through mid-wicket for one.
25.5
1
Dances down the track again and works it down to long on for one.
25.4
0
Taylor comes down the track but gets too close to the delivery. He mistimes it to the bowler.
25.3
1
Fuller and on middle, this is swept through square leg for another single.
25.2
1
The googly, this is worked with the turn through mid-wicket for one.
25.1
1
Fifty for Nicholls. 9th in ODIs and first in a World Cup. He has not been amongst the runs but what a time to score one. Needs to make it big. He makes good use of the feet again and hits it down to long on for one.
25 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 109/2
24.6
0
Another dot to end! This is on off, it takes off after pitching. Taylor looks to defend but the ball hits the higher part of the bat.
24.5
0
Taylor misses out there! Shorter and outside off, Taylor looks to slap it but the ball does not bounce as much as he expected it to. Gets beaten.
24.4
0
Another one on a length and around off, Taylor is happy to block it out.
24.3
0
Another one on a length and around off, Taylor defends it towards cover.
24.2
1
On middle, Nicholls works it through square leg for one.
24.1
0
Shorter and outside off, Nicholls cuts it to point.
24 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 108/2
23.6
0
Floats it up on off, this is hit back to the bowler.
23.5
2
Played nice and fine! Down the leg side, Taylor works it towards fine leg. Archer from short fine leg hares after it and keeps it down to two.
23.4
1
Edgy run! Another googly on off, Henry defends inside the line, the ball goes off the outside edge towards third man for one.
23.3
1
The googly and Taylor picks it right at the end. He works it through square leg and takes a single.
23.2
1
Nicholls comes down the track and then whips it down to long on for one.
23.1
0
The googly on off, Nicholls lunges and keeps it out.
23 Over
1 | 1 Runs | HH: 103/2
22.6
0
Another good length ball on off, Taylor defends it. A successful over from Plunkett comes to an end.
22.5
0
Good delivery! Goes full and on middle, Taylor gets his bat down in time and keeps it out.
Ross Taylor is the new man in.
22.4
W
OUT! There is a spike on Ultra Edge and Williamson has to take the long walk back! Big, big wicket and Plunkett is the partnership breaker. The bowling change has worked wonders for England. This is a top delivery. It is a scrambled seam delivery. It lands around off and then straightens. Williamson plays inside the line. The ball kisses the outside edge and goes straight into the hands of the keeper. The England players are appealing but the umpire shakes his head. Morgan reviews immediately. Replays roll in and they show the on-field call has to be overturned. The English players are ecstatic. Williamson walks back after getting off to a start. Timely wicket for England as the partnership was starting to flourish.
Big, big moment in the game! England feel Williamson has edged one behind. Umpire feels different. England have reviewed.
22.3
0
Full and on off, Williamson drives it to the man at covers.
22.2
1
Push and run! This is on middle, Nicholls pushes it towards mid on and calls early for a single. The batters complete it with ease.
22.1
0
This is on off, Nicholls pushes it to covers.
Liam Plunkett is back! He wasn't that great in his earlier spell.
22 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 102/1
21.6
0
One more dot to end! This is slower through the air on middle, Williamson again pushes it to bowler.
21.5
0
A dot! This is flatter and on off, Williamson pushes it to the left of the bowler who gets there and stops it.
21.4
1
A dot! This is flatter and on off, Williamson pushes it to the left of the bowler who gets there and stops it.
21.3
1
The googly, Williamson picks it and works it through mid-wicket for one.
21.2
1
Good running! Nicholls comes down the track and hits it towards mid off. The batters take off. The fielder does have a shy at the non-striker's end but it would not have mattered. 100 up for the Kiwis.
21.1
1
On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
21 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 98/1
20.6
1
In the air but safe! Fuller and around off, Williamson goes hard at it. It goes off the outside edge down to third man for one. 4th consecutive over with 7 runs in it.
20.5
0
Back of a length on off, Williamson guides it to point.
20.4
1
Shorter and on the body, this is pulled through square leg for one.
20.3
2
Good fielding again! This is shorter and outside off, HN slaps it through backward point. Rashid at third man runs to his left and pushes it back in with a dive. Two taken.
20.2
0
On the pads, Henry looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads. Nicholls seems to be struggling with that line. It is not a threatening line but you can easily get singles by nudging it around which he is unable to do.
20.1
3
What fielding! That is brilliant from Bairstow. That seemed destined to reach the ropes. This is fuller and around off, Williamson leans into it and strokes it through covers. JB in the deep runs to his right, dives and pushes the ball back in. He recovers well and saves a run for his side.
20 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 91/1
19.6
1
The slider on the pads, Williamson pushes it down to long on for one. 7 from the over. Third 7-run over in a row.
19.5
0
Flatter and on off, Williamson goes back and pushes it to covers.
19.4
2
On the pads, Williamson sweeps it through backward square leg and takes two.
19.3
0
Drags his length back a little and bowls it on the stumps. KW defends it back to the bowler.
19.2
0
On the stumps, Williamson keeps it out.
19.1
4
FOUR! Lovely, lovely shot! This was timed nicely. Rashid gives it a lot of air and lands it around middle, Williamson uses his reach and then lofts it over wide mid on and bags a boundary. Picked his spot well. Mid on was in the ring and he went over him.
19 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 84/1
18.6
0
Inside edge? Not sure! Shorter and outside off, Nicholls looks to cut but he seems to have got an inside edge which goes on the bounce to Buttler.
18.5
0
Good delivery! Wood bends his back on this one and bangs it short. It keeps on rising. Nicholls does well to keep his eyes on the ball and defend it with a hop with soft hands.
18.4
1
Good length and outside off, Williamson guides it down to third man and gets to the other end.
18.3
1
The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
18.2
4
FOUR! That is beautifully timed by Nicholls! Just got bat to ball and used the pace. Shorter and around off, Nicholls plays it late, guides it through point and bags a boundary. The 50-run stand is also up between the two. A very good one, they started off slowly but now are getting into their own. Need to continue.
18.1
1
On the shorter side and on the body, Williamson looks to pull but is hurried into the pull shot. He mistimes it towards fine leg for one.
18 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 77/1
17.6
1
A single to end a productive over for New Zealand. This is flatter and outside off, Williamson guides it through point for one.
17.5
2
Clever but risky shot! Rashid gives it a lot of flight and lands it on middle. Williamson lunges and chips it over mid-wicket. He played it against the turn and hence, could not get the timing right. Two taken.
17.4
1
Another paddle sweep and another single towards fine leg.
17.3
1
Good shot but just for one! Williamson uses his feet and also makes room. He hits it through extra cover for one.
17.2
1
The paddle sweep is out, it goes fine on the leg side for one.
17.1
1
Floats it up on off, this is eased down to long off for one.
Adil Rashid is on now!
17 Over
0 | 2 Runs | HH: 70/1
16.6
0
A solid defense to end! Good length and on off, Nicholls prods forward and defends it onto the ground.
16.5
1
Shorter and on the body, Williamson works it through square leg and takes one.
16.4
0
Goes wide of the crease and angles it on off, Williamson defends it out.
16.3
1
Back of a length and on middle, Nicholls works it towards mid-wicket for one.
16.2
0
Back of a length and on off, Nicholls defends it to point.
16.1
0
That came back in sharply! This is around off and it jags back. Nicholls is beaten for pace and due to the movement. He gets hit high on the pads.
16 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 68/1
15.6
0
A dot to end! On the fuller side on off, Williamson strokes it nicely but to covers.
15.5
1
This is worked with the angle through square leg for one.
15.4
0
Brilliant shot but for no runs! Fuller and around off, Nicholls creams but straight to covers.
15.3
0
On the fuller side on off, Henry strokes it to mid off.
15.2
0
Good length and on off, it is kept out.
15.1
4
FOUR! Runs coming thick and fast now! Consecutive boundaries for New Zealand. Shorter and on the body, Nicholls swivels and pulls it behind square on the leg side. Stokes runs to his left in the deep and dives but his effort goes in vain.
DRINKS!
15 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 63/1
14.6
4
FOUR! First boundary for Williamson! Once again the last ball spoils the over. This is short and on the body, Williamson comes inside the line and looks to pull but it goes off the gloves fine on the leg side and it races away to the fence.
14.6
1
WIDE! Down the leg side, Williamson looks to flick but misses.
14.5
1
A little too straight, Nicholls looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. It goes towards fine leg and the batters cross ends. Leg bye.
14.4
1
Back of a length on off, Williamson stands tall and pushes it through covers for one.
14.3
0
A full toss on off, Williamson might have been surprised by it so he tamely pushes it back to the bowler.
14.2
0
Lovely delivery! This is around off and shapes away. The batter shoulders arms to this one.
14.1
0
Another loose stroke from KW! This is shorter and outside off, Williamson hangs his bat out but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
14.1
1
WIDE! This is fuller and outside off, swings away further. Williamson goes after it away from his body but gets beaten.
Mark Wood is on. He replaces Chris Woakes.
14 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 55/1
13.6
4
FOUR! A much-needed boundary! Spoils the over! This is a half volley on leg stump. Nicholls says thank you very much as he flicks it behind square on the leg side and it races away.
13.5
1
One more single! This is shorter and around off, Williamson mistimes his cut through cover-point and gets to the other end.
13.4
1
Shorter in length and outside off, Nicholls slashes at it. It goes off the outside edge down to third man for one. 50 up for the Kiwis. It has been slow going by them.
13.3
1
Gets a single now! He is on 3 from 23 balls. This is fuller and on middle, Williamson works it around the corner and takes one.
13.2
0
Shorter and outside off, Williamson cuts it to point. Williamson is finding it difficult to score here.
13.1
1
Edgy run! This is fuller and outside off, Nicholls looks to drive but it goes off the outside edge down to third man for one.
13 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 47/1
12.6
0
Another tight over from Woakes! On off, this is blocked.
12.5
0
Another one on a length and around off, this one straightens.Williamson tries to defend but it goes off the outer half to gully.
12.4
0
A brilliant stop! This is fuller and on middle, Williamson hits it firmly back towards the bowler who gets down and stops it.
12.3
0
A muted appeal but nothing! Height once again. This is behind a length on off, this one comes back in. Williamson looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
12.3
1
Errs in line this time and bowls it down the leg side, Williamson looks to flick but misses. Wided.
12.2
0
On the fuller side, Williamson pushes it to covers.
12.1
0
Good length and on off, Williamson defends it.
12 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 46/1
11.6
2
A brace to end! Three twos in the over! 6 from Liam's first. On the pads, Nicholls flicks it uppishly in the backward square leg region and takes two.
11.5
0
A crisp drive but for no runs! Fuller and outside off, Nicholls strokes it nicely but to covers.
11.4
2
Up and over for another two! Shorter in length and on off, Nicholls drags his pull over mid-wicket and takes two.
11.3
0
On the pads, Nicholls once again looks to flick but misses.
11.2
2
Overthrow! This is on a good length and around off, Henry pushes it towards cover and takes off. Joe Root has a shy at the striker's end but misses. No one backing up and another run is taken.
11.1
0
On the fuller side, Nicholls strokes it to mid off.
Liam Plunkett to bowl from the other end. First change of the game.
11 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 40/1
10.6
0
A dot to end! Good length and outside off, Williamson does not fiddle with it.
10.5
0
Back of a length and on middle, Williamson defends it.
10.4
1
Fuller and outside off. HN hits it through cover-point and takes one this time. A sweeper was in place after the last boundary.
10.3
4
FOUR! Slapped! A rare loose ball by Woakes and you have to put those away. This is shorter in length and outside off, Nicholls slaps it hard, through cover-point and the ball races away. A welcome boundary.
10.2
0
Nicholls shuffles across and Woakes lands it around middle. It is behind a length again. Nicholls looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
10.1
1
Shorter in length and outside off, KW throws his bat at it. It goes off the outside edge but all along the ground to third man for one.
10.1
1
This is down the leg side, Williamson looks to flick but misses. Wided.
Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.
10 Over
0 | 2 Runs | HH: 33/1
9.6
0
This time Henry solidly defends the last ball back to the bowler. Just the two from the 10th. So Powerplay 1 started off brilliantly for New Zealand but it will be England who will be happier at the moment. They have pulled things back brilliantly. The Kiwis are 33 for 1.
9.5
0
Once again, the length is the problem here! It is behind a length and on middle, it comes back in after pitching. Nicholls misses and gets hit high on the pads.
9.4
1
Good running! This is on middle, Williamson works it towards square leg and gets to the other end. Williamson is off the mark. He is now also the player with the most runs as a captain in a single edition of a World Cup.
9.3
0
This lands way outside off and then comes back in. Williamson lets it be. Buttler was moving to his right but ends up taking it with his hands stretched to his left.
9.2
1
Another leg bye! This is on the pads again, Nicholls looks to flick but misses. It hits the pads and rolls towards third man for a run.
9.1
0
Back of a length and on off, Nicholls stands tall and defends it out.
9 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 31/1
8.6
0
Another dot to end! Williamson is late to get off the mark! Shorter and outside off, KW lets it be.
8.5
0
Good length and on off, Williamson lunges and defends it late onto the ground.
8.4
1
Direct hit and that would have been close! Nicholls strokes this full ball towards mid off and takes off. Roy picks the ball up and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Nicholls would have been in.
8.3
0
On the off pole again, Nicholls pushes it back to mid off.
8.2
0
That was there to be hit! Shorter and wide outside off, Nicholls throws his bat at it but misses.
8.1
0
Good length and on off, Nicholls keeps it out.
8 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 30/1
7.6
0
On the off pole, Williamson defends it out. 2 runs and a wicket from the last two overs.
7.5
0
Now a short one and on the body, Williamson ducks under it.
7.4
0
Unplayable! Brilliant! This is on a length and around off, it pitches and moves away. Williamson plays inside the line once again and gets beaten.
7.3
0
First delivery Archer bowls to Williamson is a sharp bumper which Kane spots early and evades it.
7.2
1
Quick run! A back of a length ball on off, Nicholls stands tall and looks to defend. He is a touch late and the ball hits the inside edge and then rolls behind the wicket. Williamson calls for one and Nicholls obliges. Buttler gets to the ball and has a shy at the other end but misses. Henry's dive would have saved him though.
7.1
0
OUCH! This is shorter and on the body, Nicholls looks to flick but misses to get hit near the box. He shows no signs of pain though.
7 Over
1 | 1 Runs | HH: 29/1
6.6
0
That is a beauty! This starts on off and then moves away late. Williamson plays inside the line and gets beaten. A top class over from Chris comes to an end.
6.5
0
Another delivery on the off pole, Williamson keeps it out. Perfect line and length from Woakes.
6.4
0
Outside off, Williamson lets it be.
6.3
0
In the corridor of uncertainty! Williamson lets it be.
Kane Williamson is the new man in.
6.2
W
OUT! Three reds and Guptill's positive stay does not last long. He takes a review along with him. That looked out to be honest, that review should not have been taken. Woakes gets his length spot on this time. This is slightly fuller around off, it comes back in. Guptill does not adjust to the movement and hence, ends up driving outside the line. It hits the back pad. An appeal and the umpire raises the finger. Guptill, after a chat with his partner, reviews. Replays roll in and they show that the ball is hitting the middle pole. An important wicket for England as Guptill looked very determined and he was also the hitting the ball decently.
Another review by New Zealand! This time by Guptill as he has been given LBW. This too looks out to the naked eye.
6.1
1
Woakes is really bowling well here! He just needs to be a touch fuller. Once again it is behind a length and it comes back in after pitching on off. Nicholls looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It goes towards backward point and a single is taken.
6 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 28/0
5.6
1
Nicholls keeps strike! Shorter on middle, Nicholls looks to pull but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The ball rolls on the leg side for one.
5.5
0
That was nippy! This lands on leg stump and skids through. Nicholls looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
5.4
0
Lands it on a length and around off, Nicholls defends it onto the ground.
5.3
2
Nicely played! A little too straight, Nicholls works it through square leg and completes two.
5.2
0
Back of a length and on off, Nicholls guides it to point.
5.1
1
A quick run! This is on the pads, Guptill nudges it on the leg side and gets to the other end.
5 Over
0 | 2 Runs | HH: 24/0
4.6
0
Another dot to end another good over from Woakes. This is on off, Nicholls defends it onto the ground.
4.5
0
Another length ball outside off, Nicholls once again guides it to point, off the front foot this time.
4.4
0
Shorter in length and outside off, Nicholls guides it to point.
4.3
1
Almost! This is angled into the middle pole, Guptill looks to defend but does so outside the line. It goes off the inner half towards fine leg for one.
4.2
1
Shorter and outside off, Nicholls hops and guides it down to third man for one.
4.1
0
Good length and outside off, HN leaves it.
4 Over
0 | 12 Runs | HH: 22/0
3.6
1
Another single to end! 12 from the over. Nicholls now works it towards mid-wicket and takes one.
3.5
1
This is bowled into the body of Guptill, cramping him for room. MG works it through the leg side for one.
3.4
4
FOUR! Hammered! That is hit with some power! Good Archer did not get a hand to that one. Guptill once again uses his feet and makes this into a half volley. He smashes it over the bowler who does stretch his hand upwards but the ball goes past him by then. Guptill has come out with a lot of intent here. Just the way he likes to play.
3.3
0
Well done Buttler! This is outside off, Guptill leaves it. It swings away after going past the batter. Buttler dives and stops it.
3.2
6
SIX! Brilliant shot from Guptill but he would have surely had his heart in his mouth for a bit. Guptill comes down the track and also makes room and Archer bowls it short outside off. Martin arches and looks to upper cut. It seems a little edgy but just about clears the third man fence. First of the final.
3.1
0
Good length and around off. Guptill keeps it out.
3 Over
0 | 2 Runs | HH: 10/0
2.6
0
Back of a length and on off, Nicholls goes back and keeps it out. A testing over from Woakes.
2.5
2
On the pads, Nicholls works it through square leg and takes two.
2.4
0
Good length and on middle, this is defended.
2.3
0
NOT OUT! The ball is going over! Never saw that coming to be honest. At first, it seemed plumb. Woakes lands this just behind a length and on middle, this one comes back in. Beats the inside edge of the bat and hits the back pad. An appeal and the umpire raises the finger. Nicholls has a chat with Guptill, he does indicate that he feels it is high. Guptill gives him the nod and they take the review. Replays roll in and they show the on-field call has to be overturned. Top class review from Nicholls. The last time against England, he did not take one when he was given out. That time too the ball was going over, this time he does take it and survives to fight another day.
Nicholls is a goner! He has reviewed. Only an inside edge can save him.
2.2
0
This is fired outside off, Nicholls shoulders arms to this one.
2.1
0
A little too straight, this it worked to square leg.
2 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 8/0
1.6
0
A good first over by Archer. The last ball is on a length and on off, MG keeps it out.
1.5
0
What happened there? A huge appeal, actually, Archer started celebrating but then it has been turned down. England do not review too. Replays suggest that is a top class decision. A brilliant ball though by Archer. This lands on middle and off and then straightens. Guptill is squared up as he tries to defend. It goes off the back thigh and to the keeper.
1.4
2
Two now! This one comes back in just a little from middle, Guptill works it through backward square leg and takes two.
1.3
0
Confusion but no harm done! This is shorter and on middle, Guptill works it towards square leg and sets off but Nicholls sends him back in time.
1.2
1
A leg bye! This is on the pads, Nicholls looks to flick but misses. The ball brushes the pads and rolls on the leg side. A run is taken.
1.1
0
Goes extremely full but there is no swing for Archer. Nicholls plays it to mid on.
Jofra Archer to bowl with the second new ball.
1 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 5/0
0.6
0
A dot to end! 5 from the first over. Good length and outside off, MG shoulders arms to this one.
0.5
4
FOUR! Guptill is off the mark in style! This was uppish but away from the fielder. A little luck there for Guptill which he probably hasn't had in the World Cup so far. No better day for it to go your way than today. This is a back of a length ball outside off, Guptill stands tall and guides it in the air but wide of point. Despite the rain in the morning, it races away.
0.4
0
Guptill comes down the pitch again, he then looks to cut this fractionally short delivery. It is too close to play that shot so he mistimes it to point.
0.3
0
A tighter line this time, it is on middle, Guptill works it to mid-wicket.
0.2
0
A little movement for Woakes. He lands it around off and gets it to shape away. Guptill takes a few steps down the track and lets it be.
0.1
0
Corrects his line and bowls it on off, Guptill defends it out.
0.1
1
WIDE! New Zealand are underway! But Guptill just might have indicated that he is going after the bowlers straightaway. This is wide outside off, Guptill needs no sighters. He goes after it but misses.
Done and dusted with the National Anthems! It is game time now. The English players make their way out to the centre and they are followed by the New Zealand openers, Martin Guptill and Tom Latham. Chris Woakes has the first new ball in hand and he will be bowling to the right-hander. Here we go...
Time for the National Anthems! A huge round of applause as the umpires and the players make their way out to the middle. New Zealand will sing their first and then it will be England's turn.
England (Unchanged Playing XI) - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.
New Zealand (Unchanged Playing XI) - Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
Eoin Morgan says he is not at all disappointed, it was a 50-50 call and it does not matter now. States the team which plays well will lift the trophy. Informs Bairstow is fully fit and they are all ready for this game. Their performance against Australia was very good, especially the bowlers, they started off really well and the others continued the good work and he hopes to do something similar. Everybody has put in a lot of hard work in the last 4 years and they have created a different amount of expectations. They have played high pressure games and the semi finals was one too, he hopes they can put in a good performance.
Kane Williamson says it is a tough decision, if you look at the surface, it seems a bat first surface but the conditions overhead gets him a touch confused. States it was great to get over the line against India but today is a different game and against a different team. Mentions he will always back Guptill with the bat, they know what kind of a player he is. Further adds they have showed a lot of fight and character and he hopes for the same. Also tells, it is a lot different from the 2015 finals, it is a different venue, different team and anything could happen. Ends by saying it would be special if they manage to get over the line.
TOSS - It is time for the toss. The two captains are out there. Morgan flips it, Williamson calls tails and it lands in his favor. NEW ZEALAND WILL BAT FIRST!
PITCH REPORT - Sourav Ganguly says there has been a bit of rain in the morning but the sun is out. States the surface looks very green, a lot greener you would see in the ODI game. Reckons it might just assist the pacers early on. Further adds it is a big game so the decision at the toss will be an important one. He ends by saying, the team which wins the toss should bat first.
Kevin Pietersen recently said, the team which beats India, will probably go onto win the World Cup. In today's case, both the sides have done so but there can be only one winner. The English team are firm favorites on recent form and also, they seem a stronger side on paper. New Zealand however, did not enter the Semi Finals in the best of forms but their win over India would have taken their confidence to another level so they also can't be ruled out. One believes, it is a battle between the dynamic English batting line-up against the excellent bowling line-up of New Zealand. All to play for today. Let us hope we witness a thrilling final.
The time has come, the last day of the World Cup, two teams, England and New Zealand, have a chance to create history today. A win for either in this final, will see their long wait end to get their hands on the cup. Also, the final is being played at probably the most prestigious ground, the Home of Cricket, the Mecca of Cricket, Lord's. It just does not get better than this. Hello and welcome to the coverage.

NZ

1Martin Guptill
2Henry Nicholls
3Kane Williamson
4Ross Taylor
5Tom Latham
6Colin de Grandhomme
7Jimmy Neesham
8Mitchell Santner
9Matt Henry
10Lockie Ferguson
11Trent Boult

ENG

1Jason Roy
2Jonny Bairstow
3Joe Root
4Eoin Morgan
5Ben Stokes
6Jos Buttler
7Chris Woakes
8Liam Plunkett
9Adil Rashid
10Jofra Archer
11Mark Wood

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