ICC CWC 2019 final: England script history, claim maiden World Cup title

Members of the England cricket team celebrate with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 trophy. Photo: @cricketworldcup
In the grand finale of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (CWC 19), England cricket team defeated New Zealand cricket team in the Super Over thriller to lift their maiden World Cup title at The Lord’s cricket stadium in London on Sunday. 

Batting first after winning the toss, New Zealand had postd 241/8 in 50 overs in reply to which,   England ended at the same score leading to the one-over eliminator at the Lord's.

In the Super Over, England batted first and the duo of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler made 15 runs, and New Zealand also ended at the same score but for the loss of one wicket, paving the way for an English victory on boundary count.

 

ICC cricket world cup final: England vs New Zealand scorecard

 

It was nothing less than sheer magic as the match kept tilting in the favour of England and New Zealand throughout the final overs, but eventually it was England whose 44-year-long longing ended on a Super Over, that too, on boundary count as England had 22 fours and two sixes compared to 16 by New Zealand.

Earlier, Ben Stokes was England's last hope in taking the team home as England needed 15 runs in the last over, Stokes played two dots and then smoked Boult over deep mid-wicket for six, then got a lucky overthrow while running a double that fetched them six runs --- that was the biggest highlight and that paved that way for England to reach the magic number.

With three needed off two balls, Stokes ran a desperate two but non-striker Adil Rashid was way short of his ground, leaving the hosts to score two runs off the last ball.

Boult kept one full on Stokes' legs and he could only hit towards the long-on and two was never on as the bowler effected an easy run-out under pressure. Stokes was left stranded on 84 as England were all out on 241, paving the way for the first ever Super Over of the World Cup.

Batting first, New Zealand once again put up a modest batting performance under overcast conditions to post 241 for eight as the England pace unit kept on asking probing questions.

Henry Nicholls (55 off 77 balls) and skipper Kane Williamson (30, 53 balls) added 74 runs for the second wicket after a fabulous first spell from Chris Woakes (3/37 in 9 overs) and Jofra Archer (1/42 in 10 overs) on a helpful Lord's track.

While Woakes had the best figures statistically, it was the tall Liam Plunkett (3/42 in 10 overs), who used the cross-seam variations effectively to stop the Black Caps on their tracks.

They would now be hoping that their pace bowlers use the conditions as well as the England bowlers did in the first half.

Only Tom Latham (47 off 56 balls) contributed in the middle overs in another mediocre effort from the New Zealanders on another big day.

Martin Guptill (19 off 18 balls) had started on a positive note but after surviving a caught behind appeal off Archer, he wasn't lucky the second time when Woakes got one to slightly shape in and he was caught plumb in-front.

Williamson and Nicholls, just like the India game, were trying to preserve their wicket with occasional boundaries. They were steady during their 16.2 over stand without being spectacular.

It was Plunkett, who got the all important wicket of Williamson when the New Zealand skipper tried to play away from his body and the nick was snapped by Buttler.

Plunkett then removed another set batsman Nicholls with a cross seam delivery that had the left-hander playing on while shaping up for a big shot.

England had a shaky start with Roy, Root, Bairtow and Morgan back into the pavilion before England reached 100-run mark. Jos Buttler (59) and Ben Stokes (84 not out) helped England fight back and almost reached till the end but Lockie Ferguson, James Neesham dashed their hopes with quick wickets at the death. 

Needinf two runs off the final ball, Ben Stokes ran for a couple but his partner and last batsman for England, Mark Wood could not scale the distance and got run out, with England ending 241-all out in 50 overs, that set the stage for Super Over Clash.

Brief scores: New Zealand: 241/8 in 50 overs (Henry Nicholls 55, Tom Latham 47; Liam Plunkett 3/42, Woakes 3/37); England: 241 all out in 50 overs (Ben Stokes 84*, Jos Buttler 59; Lockie Ferguson 3/50)


1:50 AM IST It all ends here, England have finally tasted victory in a World Cup final, and as they say, "it's come home". New Zealand suffered another heartbreak as they go down fighting in their second consecutive World Cup final, and heart goes out to Kane Williamson and his team, for the splendid show ijn the tournament. They leave as heroes. We saw so many beautiful moments, heartbreaks, exits, fights and victories and it all comes down to this -- The New World Champions -- England -- basking in all glory at the home of cricket, and yes, it's come home, finally, after 44 years of longing !! This was perhaps the greatest ending ever, Thank You!!  for tuning in, as we sign off, one last time!! 

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1:23 AM IST So close, yet so far. But so much to be proud of. #CWC19 | #BackTheBlackCaps | #CWC19Final pic.twitter.com/577aheGo3i — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 14, 2019

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12:47 AM IST ENGLAND LIFT #CWC19 TROPHY! #WeAreEngland | #CWC19Final pic.twitter.com/sRp23yWv71 — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 14, 2019

12:44 AM IST Another iconic moment added to the illustrious history of the Lord's balcony! #CWC19FINAL | #WeAreEngland | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Cei1H0yIo0 — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 14, 2019

12:41 AM IST ENGLAND  – WORLD CHAMPIONS! Welcome to the club, #EoinMorgan! #WeAreEngland | #CWC19 | #CWC19Final pic.twitter.com/XeZNYBR5kB — ICC (@ICC) July 14, 2019

12:40 AM IST I’d like to offer commiserations to Kane and his team. I thought today was a hard-hard-fought game on a tough wicket. We find it hard to play on pitches like that, but it was all about getting over the line. Towards the end I was being cooled down by Liam Plunkett, which isn’t a good sign! We’re just delighted we’re lifting the trophy today. There are a lot of people who’ve been involved along the way who aren’t in the changing-room today: giys like Andrew Strauss, Paul Farbrace, David Willey, Sam Billings and others. It’s been an incredible amount of hard work, and it’s all worth it for this.

12:37 AM IST Thrill. Excitement. Jubilation. #EoinMorgan and his team are world champions!  #CWC19FINAL | #WeAreEngland | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/8qbv446AEm — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 14, 2019

12:35 AM IST “We wanted to bat first if we won the toss. We felt runs on the board would be challenging. We may have liked another 10-20 but in a World Cup final, we thought 240-250 might be enough. It was a fantastic game of cricket. For it to go down to the last ball – and then the last ball of the next little match – is tough. But credit to England. There are a lot of positives for us.   “That [Stokes’s accidental boundary] was a little bit of a shame, wasn’t it? You just hope it doesn’t happen at moments like that. Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be for us.”

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And so it is. . . . .

It all ends here, England have finally tasted victory in a World Cup final, and as they say, "it's come home". New Zealand suffered another heartbreak as they go down fighting in their second consecutive World Cup final, and heart goes out to Kane Williamson and his team, for the splendid show ijn the tournament. They leave as heroes. We saw so many beautiful moments, heartbreaks, exits, fights and victories and it all comes down to this -- The New World Champions -- England -- basking in all glory at the home of cricket, and yes, it's come home, finally, after 44 years of longing !!

This was perhaps the greatest ending ever, Thank You!!  for tuning in, as we sign off, one last time!! 

But then they end up becoming favourites from here....


Jason Roy won't drop, no!!


Spare a thought for Kane Williamson & company !!

Captain Morgan!!


World Champions!!


Safe to say that it's home, FINALLY!!

The balcony that continues to inspire!!

Eoin Morgan joins the super Elite club!!

Lend a ear (eye) to what the proud Captain Morgan has to say!!

I’d like to offer commiserations to Kane and his team. I thought today was a hard-hard-fought game on a tough wicket. We find it hard to play on pitches like that, but it was all about getting over the line. Towards the end I was being cooled down by Liam Plunkett, which isn’t a good sign! We’re just delighted we’re lifting the trophy today. There are a lot of people who’ve been involved along the way who aren’t in the changing-room today: giys like Andrew Strauss, Paul Farbrace, David Willey, Sam Billings and others. It’s been an incredible amount of hard work, and it’s all worth it for this.

Watch: The most thrilling end that can ever be!! (It's come home!!)

Kane Williamson on the accidental boundary, and more

“We wanted to bat first if we won the toss. We felt runs on the board would be challenging. We may have liked another 10-20 but in a World Cup final, we thought 240-250 might be enough. It was a fantastic game of cricket. For it to go down to the last ball – and then the last ball of the next little match – is tough. But credit to England. There are a lot of positives for us.
 
“That [Stokes’s accidental boundary] was a little bit of a shame, wasn’t it? You just hope it doesn’t happen at moments like that. Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be for us.”

Kane Williamson:

“Congratulations to England. They’ve had a fantastic campaign and they deserved the victory. It’s been challenging; the pitches have been different to what we expected. There weren’t many 300+ scores. I’d like to thank our side for the fight and heart they showed to get us this far. It just wasn’t meant to be today. The guys are shattered; it’s devastating.”

Kane Williamson is the Player of the tournament!!


Ben Stokes is the Player of the Match


One winner, but two champion teams!!

Lets see some reactions!!

Jos Buttler: It’s unbelievable. I thought I’d seen everything in cricket but that game was just amazing. I don’t know what happened out there at the end. Just incredible.
 
Jonny Bairstow: What a spectacle, what an atmosphere. I’m just lost for words mate.

Can't sink in, won't sink in!!

IT'S COME HOME!!

A World Cup title decided by the finest of margins

NZ Super over ball 6

Jofra Archer to Guptill, OUT !!!!! ENGLAND WIN!!

NZ Super over ball 5

Jofra Archer to Neesham, SINGLE!!!!1

NZ Super over ball 4

Jofra Archer to Neesham, TWO RUNS!!! TWO RUNS!!! 

NZ Super over ball 3

Jofra Archer to Neesham, TWO RUNS!!!

NZ Super over ball 2

Jofra Archer to Neesham, SIXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!

NZ Super over ball 1

Jofra Archer to Neesham, TWO RUNS!! 

NZ Super over ball 1

Jofra Archer to Neesham, WIDE!!! 

Time for New Zealand's replay!!


Super over ball 6

Boult to Buttler, FOUR!!!

Super over ball 5

Boult to Buttler, TWO RUNS!!! 

Super over ball 4

Boult to Stokes, SINGLE!!! 

Super over ball 3

Boult to Stokes, FOUR!!!!!! 

Super over ball 2

Boult to Buttler, SINGLE!!! 

Super over ball 1

Boult to Stokes, outside edge, three runs off the first ball !! 

Over 50

BOULT TO STOKES, TWO RUNS NEEDED OFF THE LAST BALL, RUNOUT Mark Wood is late as Boult swings into action on time !! IT'S A T!E !! WE HAVE A SUPER OVER!! THIS CAN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS!!!!!! 

Over 49.5

OUT!!!!!! STOKES LOOK FOR TWO BUT ADIL RASHID COULD NOT REACH ON TIME HE IS RUN OUT!!!!!!!!!

Over 49.4

Boult to Stokes, STOKES RUNS FOR TWO, THE THROW FROM THE DEEP END HITS HIS BATA ND THE BALL RUNS FOR BOUNDARY!!! LUCKY OVERTHORW AND ENGLAND ARE BACK!!

Over 49.3

Boult to Stokes, SIXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!!!!! Stokes connects!!! 9 runs from 3 balls 

Over 49.2

Boult to Stokes, no run, he wouldnt run again!! !! 

Over 49.1

Boult to Stokes, no run, he wouldnt run!! 

Over 49 Plunkett, Archer fall

Over Summary: 1 1 W 6 1 W    |  ENG 227/8

Neesham with the ball, two runs off the first two as Plunkett and Stokes pick singles, OUT!! Plunkett slogs the ball and Boutl takes a catch at long-off!! Jofra Archer is the next batsmen, SIXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX!! Stokes slogs the ball and Trent Boult caught the ball but ended up stepping on the boundary rope!! It's all heppening here!! 16 needed off 8 balls!! Asingle follows and Archer is OUT!!!!!!!!!! BOWLED!!! ENGLAND NEED 15 RUNS FROM 6 BALLS NOW!! 

Over 48

Over Summary: 4 1 2 0 2 1 |  ENG 218/6

Boult into the attack, FOUR!! Boult misses a yorker and gets punished by Stokes, single follows, Plunkett picks two as he his the ball hard, Boult returns with a shorter delivery and Plunkett is totally beaten by the pace and bounce, Plunkett goes down the ground, but two runs comes off it, single off the last ball. 24 NEEDED FROM 12 BALLS !!

Over 47

Over Summary: W 1 0 0 4 0    |  ENG 208/6

Ferguson strikes!! Woakes look to hit bit but hangs the ball in the air, Latham gets underneath and picks the ball easily!! Sixth wicket loss for England and Liam Plunkett hits a boundary!! 

Over 46

Over Summary: 0 1 0 1 1 4     |  ENG 203/5

Chris Woakes is the new batsman in, Stokes is keeping the strike so as to not expose the new batsman to Kiwis bowling attack, Stokes finds the gap and gets the much-needed boundary off the last ball of the over!! 

Over 45 Buttler departs

Over Summary: 1 4 2 0 W 0     |  ENG 196/5

Buttler slams Ferguson for FOUR!! and picks two as Trent Boult saves a boundary at third man. OUT!! Buttler slogs for a big hit but Tim Southee, standing as substitue, takes a clean catch. 

Over 44 Fifty for Buttler, Stokes

Over Summary: 0 4 0 1 1 0     |  ENG 189/4

Boult into the attack, Buttler and Srtokes bring tehir fifties in the same over!! England supporters erupt into celebration!! 

Over 43

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 2 1     |  ENG 183/4

Ferguson continues, and so the run flow for England, another good over for England.

Over 42

Over Summary: 1 0 2 0 0 1     |  ENG 177/4

Neesham into the attack, the partnership between Stokes and Buttler have changed the equation for New Zealand. Singles are easy and boundaries are coming off, Kane Williamson is searching for the one wicket to bounce back. Meanwhile, Neesham bowls a brilliant yorker to Buttler, four runs off the over!! 

England need 69 from 54 balls.


Over 41

Over Summary:  0 0 0 wd 1 0 1      |  ENG 173/4

Ferguson into the attack, both the batsmen are in the 40s now, England look comfortable at the moment. The presuure has now shifted to New Zealand bowlers as they desperately look for a breakthrough. Ferguson bowls a quick bouncer as Butltler looks to hook, in the end, an easy single off the last ball.

Over 40

Over Summary:  1 0 1 1 1 4     |  ENG 170/4

Buttler, Stokes continue to pick easy runs from Matt Henry's over!! 

Over 39

Over Summary:  0 4 0 1 1 0     |  ENG 162/4

Ferguson continues, he drops short delivery and Stokes muscles the ball for a boundary to the square area, things look easy for England!! 

Over 38

Over Summary:  0 2 1 0 4 0   |  ENG 156/4

Neesham is brought in as Williamson look for a breakthrough, Inside edge but Stokes is safe and gets two runs from it, Buttler chips in firmly and the balls clears the boundary rope

England are fighting back!

Over 37

Over Summary:  4 1 1 0 0 0     |  ENG 149/4

Lockie Ferguson bowls a loose and wide and Buttler gets a boundary off it in point region

Over 36

Over Summary:  0 1 0 0 1 0 |  ENG 143/4

Henry continues, appeal for lbw, Dharamasena says no! Williamson reviews, Buttler survives, not a good decision to go for review, the ball was slipping to leg-side, New Zealand loses a precious review!!  Just two runs off the over!! 

Over 35

Over Summary:  1 1 1 0 1 0  |  ENG 141/4

Santner continues, both the batsmen stick to singles, four runs off the over!!

Over 34 50-run partnership between Stokes and Buttler

Over Summary: 2 2 2 1 1 0   |  ENG 137/4

Matt Henry is brought into the attack, Stokes picks consecutive twos off the first three, adn England supporters swing to life all of a sudden, 50-run partnership comes up between Stokes and Buttler!! 

Over 33

Over Summary: 0 Wd 1 0 1 0 0    |  ENG 129/4

Santner continues, over 40-run partnership between Buttler and Stokes, they look comfortable now, picking singles here and there, avoiding risk. At the moment, England look comfortable, after a very long time

Over 32

Over Summary: 1 1 4 0 0 1     |  ENG 126/4

Trent Boult continues from the other end, FOUR!! Buttler hits in the air and Guptill at backward point missed the catch by inches and split seconds !! 

Over 31

Over Summary: 0 0 1 1 1 1    |  ENG 119/4

Mitchell Santner is brought into attack, he conceeds fours singles from his first over

England need 127 runs in 20 overs with 6 wickets in hand


Over 30

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 0 1     |  ENG 115/4

Trent Boult is back into the attack, the wind direction is playing its part in increaing the difficulties of England's batsmen, four runs off the over!! 

Over 29

Over Summary: 1 0 1 0 2B 1   |  ENG 111/4

Colin de Grandhomme into his last over, England batsmen are refraining from any risk, sticking to singles, a couple fo runs come on byes as the ball kisses Latham's gloves, Buttler hits an aerial shots in third man region, but the ball lands safely.  Colin de Grandhomme finished his quota of overs (10-2-25-1)

Over 28

Over Summary: 1 0 4 Wd 1 0 1   |  ENG 106/4

Neesham continues, Stokes slams the ball straight down the ground for a FOUR!! This also brings up 100 for England!! A wide and single follows, a good over overall for England

Over 27

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0    |  ENG 98/4

Colin de Grandhomme bowls his second maiden over, he has conceeded just 22 runs from his nine overs!! 

Tense faces in England's camp


Over 26

Over Summary: 2 0 0 0 1 2    |  ENG 98/4

Neesham into his second over, he conceeds just three runs off the first five balls,  a couple of runs come off the last ball 

Over 25

Over Summary: 1 1 1 0 0 1    |  ENG 93/4

Colin de Grandhomme continues his tight overs, Buttler and Stokes settle with four singles 

The fall of the big wicket

As Morgan played that upper cut, he yelled “No!”, he knew it that it's over, knew it the moment he played the shot!! 

Over 24 Eoin Morgan falls

Over Summary: W 2 1 0 0 0    |  ENG 89/4

Jimmy Neesham into the attack and OUT!! Eoin Morgan cuts the ball towards cover and Lockie Ferguson takes a spectacular catch that deepens England's troubles. Jos Buttler is the next batsmen, test continues for England, three runs off the over!! 

Over 23

Over Summary: 0 0 4 0 0 0    |  ENG 86/3

 Colin de Grandhomme maintains the dominance, Stokes sheds the fear and pull him to deep mid-wicket for a FOUR!! 

Over 22

Over Summary: 0 0 0 2L 0 5Wd 0     |  ENG 82/3

After Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson tests England's mettle as he spins a web of short balls for Eoin Morgan. The third ball hits Morgan on the helmet as he stumbles with the sudden pace and bounce, Ferguson is firing thunderbolts at over 140-145kmph. A 5-wide follows as Latham finds it impossible to  collect a short wide delivery!! 

Over 21

Over Summary: 1 0 0 Wd 0 0 0     |  ENG 75/3

Colin de Grandhomme is almost unplayable as Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan struggle, just two runs off the over 

Some nervous faces on the England balcony

Over 20 Bairstow falls

Over Summary: 1L 4 W 1 0 1     |  ENG 73/3

Ferguson is hit for a blundary by Bairstow, OUT!! Bairstow isn't lucky this time as he gets an insdie edge and the ball removes the bails !! Third wicket falls for England and New Zealand are ahead at the moment!! OUT!! Bairstow isn't lucky this time as he gets an insdie edge and the ball removes the bails !! Third wicket falls for England and New Zealand are ahead at the moment!! 

Over 19

Over Summary: 2 0 0 0 1 0     |  ENG 66/2

Morgan picks de Grandhomme for a couple off the first delivery, slow cutter and short deliveries follow, Morgan looks a bit unsettled here, England are on backfoot.

Over 18

Over Summary:  0 2 0 0 1 0    |  ENG 63/2

Ferguson into his second over, Eoin Morgan pikcs quick two, and is pushed to backfoot with quicker and short deliveries, he pulls one to fine-leg and gets off the mark

Over 17 Joe Root falls

Over Summary:  0 0 W 1 0 0   |  ENG 60/2

OUT!! Colin de Grandhomme strikes and Joe Root perishes under pressure, he gets an edge adn Tom Latham takes another regulation catch behinds the stumps !! Eoin Morgan is the new batsman!! 

Over 16

Over Summary:  0 Wd 0 0 1 0 1  |  ENG 59/1

Lockie Ferguson is deployed into the attack, he conceeds three runs off the over 

Over 15

Over Summary:  0 1 2 1 1 0 |  ENG 56/1

Colin de Grandhomme conceeds five runs off the over

Over 14

Over Summary:  0 0 0 4 4 1   |  ENG 51/1

Bairsstow brings in two boundaries off Matt Henry's over, breaking Englan'd silence!

Over 13

Over Summary:  1 0 0 1 0 1    |  ENG 42/1

Colin de Grandhomme conceeds just three singles of his second over!! 

Over 12

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0    |  ENG 39/1

After de Grandhomme, Matt Henry bowls yet another maiden over!! Three maidens over in a row!! 

Over 11

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0    |  ENG 39/1

Colin de Grandhomme comes into the attack and he bowls a maiden over!! 

Over 10

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0    |  ENG 39/1

Root on strike, Henry continues to trouble the batsman, Williamson applauds the brilliant bowling effort, it's a maiden over!! 

Over 9

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 4 0    |  ENG 39/1

Boult continues to keep batsmen under check from the other end, Bairstow fianlly had his way as he gets a loose short ball from Boult adn he pulls it swiftly towards deep mid-wicket!! 

Over 8

Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 0 0     |  ENG 34/1

Henry continues his magical spell with the ball as the swing is keeping batsmen guessing the movement of the ball, just a single comes off the over!! 

Over 7

Over Summary:  0 0 Wd 4 0 0 0     |  ENG 33/1

Boult concedes a boundary off the over as Bairstow drives the ball beautifully!!

Over 6 Henry scalps Roy

Over Summary:  0 4 0 W 0 0      |  ENG 28/1

Jason Roy follow Bairstow as he brings up a boundary, Roy gets and outswinging delivery adn he repects the bowler, OUT!! A SIMILAR DELIVERY AND ROY GETS AN EDGE THIS TIME WHICH LATHAM COLLECTS EASILY!! First jolt to England!! Joe Root is the new man in! 

Over 5

Over Summary:  0 0 4 0 4 0       |  ENG 24/0

Boult continues to test Bairstow and he bounces back with a boudnary to the covers, Boult decides to intimidate with a bouncer, Bairstow replies with a boudnary off the next!!

Over 4

Over Summary:  0 0 1 1 0 2  |  ENG 16/0

Henry keeps Roy and Barstow busy, Roy slams the last ball but gets only two off it. 

Over 3

Over Summary:  Wd 0 0 1 0 4 1  |  ENG 12/0

Boult continues to trouble Bairstow, he bowls an unplayable yorker and Jason Roy stumbles, but all is safe, Roy returns with a boundary to covers, great contest of bat and ball on display, seven runs off the over!! 

Over 2

Over Summary:  0  0 0 0 0 4  |  ENG 5/0

Matt Henry's over was clean and it looked like a maiden over is about to come but Jason Roy punches the last ball of the over straight down the ground for a boundary!! 

Over 1

Over Summary:  0 1 0 0 0 0   |  ENG 1/0

A threatening start from Trent Boult as he conceeds just a single fof the over as Boult almost had Roy on the first ball mof this inning, but the lbw review goes to Umpire's call and Roy gets a lifeline!! 

Is it coming home?

England need 242 runs in 50 overs, can they do it?? Let's wait and find out!

Over 50

Over Summary:   0 1 Wd W 0 1 0     |  NZ 241/8

Jofra bowls the last over, Santner steals a single, dives yet again as Vince misses a direct hit, Matt Henry sees a slower bouncer that umpire signals as WIDE! OUT!! Full toss and straight into the off-stump!! End of road for Henry!! First wicket for Jofra!! Trent Boult comes to the crease, he manages just a single off the second ball he faced, Santner ducks the last ball and this brings an end to New Zealand's innings.!!

Over 49 Latham falls

Over Summary: 1L 1 5Wd W Nb 0 1 4  |  NZ 238/7

Woakes appeal for lbw, umpire turns it down, the batsmen, meanwhile steals a single, England reviews, but it deosn't give much result as they'd expected. Fielders are patrolling the boundary positions, but it comes from a gaffe from Buttler as Woakes bowls a slower and wide, the ball bones and deflects and runs towards boundary rope, OUT!! LATHAM LOOKS TO CONNECT AND FAILS, HANDS A SIMPLE CATCH TO VINCE AT MID-OFF!! He misses his fifty by three runs, Woakes gets his third wicket of the day!! NO-BALL, Yorker goes wrong as Woakes' full-toss hits Santner on chest, FREE-HIT goes in vain as Santner misses it, Vince misses a direct hit, Mat Henry brings the much-needed boundary off the last ball!! 

Over 48

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 1 1  |  NZ 225/6

Archer into his second-last over, Santner and Latham just push for singles, 5 runs off the over.

Over 47 Woakes gets de Grandhomme

Over Summary: 1 2 1 1 W 1  |  NZ 220/6

Woakes back into the attack, it's still singles and doubles from the batsmen and OUT!! Slower one does the job for Woakes as Colin de Grandhomme chips in the air and Substitute es Vince takes  asimple catch at mid-off. Mitchell Santner is te new man in.

Over 46

Over Summary: 1 1 1 0 0 0   |  NZ 214/5

Jofra continues, singles only off the first threer balls, three dots follow!! Supreb piece of bowling from Jofra in death overs!

Over 45

Over Summary: 0 0 6 0 1 0  |  NZ 211/5

Wood into his last over of te day, SIX!! Latham hits it big to deep mid-wicket and clears the boundary rope, Wood returns with a ball that hits Latham on the pads, Latham slogs again, this time to fine-leg, doesn't get a boundary and Jofra throws the ball and Colin survives runout attempt. Mark Wood finishes his spell (10-1-49-1)

Over 44

Over Summary: 1 1L 1 Wd 0 1L Wd Wd 1  |  NZ 204/5

Archer continues, Both the batsmen look impatient but bouncaries are still distant, the scoreboard is moving but the Kiwis will have to accelerate! three wides in this over, Jofra is not happy! 200-up fro Kiwis, they would look to make the most of the remaining overs now.

Over 43

Over Summary: 1 1 4L 2 1 1  |  NZ 196/5

Mark Wood continues, Kiwis get four runs in leg byes as Wood looks to drop short but the ball hits Latham on the back and clears Buttler

Over 42

Over Summary: 1 0 1 1 1 Wd 0       |  NZ 186/5

Archer is back!! Just as we were, Colin was hit on the helmet after the ball kissed his bat, Archer wanted someone to catch it but it landed in no man's land. Inspection starts for the helmet. All clear and match resumes with a single by Latham

Over 41

Over Summary: 0 0 1 1 0 0  |  NZ 181/5

Umpire Dharmasena signals for final powerplay, Plunkett continues, no signs of Archer and Woakes as of yet, Morgan is getting best results already, Colin de Grandhomme looks to charge but gets a single only. The boundaries are still nowhere to be seen, Kiwis must be eyeing anything above 250 but England bowlers are not letting the hold slip away. Liam Plunkett finishes his spell (10-0-42-3) -- Brilliant stuff!!

Over 40

Over Summary: 1 2 0 2 0 1  |  NZ 179/5

Colin de Grandhomme is the new batsman, Mark Wood with the ball, a fine over for Kiwis, 6 runs off it

Over 39 Neesham falls

Over Summary: 0 1 1 2 4 W    |  NZ 173/5

Plunkett with the ball, Neesham looks to slog but misses the ball, he decides to handover the strike to Latham, who pikcs justa  single, Neesham smartly cuts the ball to third man and picks two runs from there, FOUR!! Neesham punches the ball to the covers and OUT!! Soft dismissal for Neesham and Kiwis lose a key wicket here, Plunkett strikes again!! 

Over 38

Over Summary: 4 0 1 0 0 1    |  NZ 165/4

Latham punches the first ball for four towards covers, Wood makes a comeback with a ball angling in to the left-hander

Over 37

Over Summary: 0 1 0 4 1  0  |  NZ 159/4

Liam Plunkett returns to the attack, FOUR!! Latham swings the bat this time, hits the ball to backward square-leg position

Over 36

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 0   |  NZ 153/4

Just a single off Mark Wood's over

Over 35

Over Summary:  1 0 0 4 wd 4 1    |  NZ 152/4

Ben Stokes continues, James Neesham is the new batsman, Latham has not been effective in the tournament, Neesham can hit a few boundaries, and he brings one for the Kiwis on the on side, a boundary that came after 15 overs. Neehsam goes agaimn for a FOUR!! This time to long-on! 
 

Over 34 Wood removes Taylor

Over Summary:  W 0 0 0 0 0     |  NZ 141/4

Mark Wood is back into the attack, OUT!! What a move from Eoin Morgan, Ross Taylor is the victim!! Unfortunately, Kiwis can't even review now, as they don't have any. Unfortunate for Kiwis as ball tracker shows the ball would have gone from the top of the bails. Maiden over with a wicket for Wood

Over 33

Over Summary:  0 1 1 1 2L Wd 1    |  NZ 141/3

Ben Stokes into the attack, the over was going fine with three singles off it and a wide and 2leg byes added to New Zealand's relief

Over 32

Over Summary:  1 1 1 1 0 0       |  NZ 134/3

Adil Rashid continues, four singles off the over

Over 31

Over Summary:  1 1 0 1 1  0     |  NZ 130/3

Ben Stokes is brought into the attack, Taylor and Latham are avoiding risky shots and singles are coming easy now

Over 30

Over Summary:1 0 0 0 1 1      |  NZ 126/3

Adil Rashid continues, it's a tight over, three runs off it

Over 29

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 1     |  NZ 123/3

Plunkett continues, it's yet another tight over as Tom Latham struggles, just a single off it

Over 28

Over Summary:  0 1 1 1 1 0  |  NZ 122/3

Adil Rashid bowls another calm over, just fours singles off it

Over 27 Nicholls falls after fifty!

Over Summary:  0 0 3 1 W 0 |  NZ 118/3

Plunkett continues, OUT!! Beautiful delivery from Plunket and Nicholls falls just after bringing up his FIFTY!! 

Over 26

Over Summary:  1 1 1 0 1 1     |  NZ 114/2

Adil Rashid continues, it all comes back to singles, five runs off the over

Over 25

Over Summary:  0 1 0 0 0 0     |  NZ 109/2

Plunkett continues, runs flow dry up a bit as batsmen finds it difficult to connect, just  a single off the over

Over 24

Over Summary:  0 1 1 1 2 0     |  NZ 108/2

Adil Rashid continues, Ross Taylor is the new batsman, Kiwis keep the scoreboard running with singles and doubles

Over 23 Williamson departs!

Over Summary:  0 1 0 W 0 0       |  NZ 103/2

Plunkett ON THE ATTACK, APPEAL for caught behind, It's Williamson, Umpire turns it down, England takes review, UltraEdge shows spike and OUT!! Plunkett gets the prized wicket of Kane Williamson

Over 22 100-up for Kiwis

Over Summary:  1 1 1 1 0 0      |  NZ 102/1

Adil Rashid continues, Kiwis continue the singles and in the process, 100-runs up for New Zealand !!

Over 21

Over Summary:  3 0 2 1 0 1   |  NZ 98/1

Williamson drives Wood's fuller delivery into the covers where Bairstow is patrolling the area, and he prevents a boundary and Adil Rashid repeats the same at thrd man as NIcholls cut the ball.

Over 20

Over Summary:   4 0 0 2 0 1  |  NZ 91/1

Williamson picks a boundary off the first ball from Rashid, a couple follows after two dots, and a single comes off the last ball

Over 19 Fifty partnership for Williamson, Nicholls

Over Summary:   1 4 1 1 0 0  |  NZ 84/1

Nicholls picks a boundary and singles continue to come for the batsmen, Wood returns with a bouncer that surprises Nicholls

Over 18

Over Summary:   1 1 1 1 2 1    |  NZ 77/1

Time for some spin as Adil Rashid is brought in, singles continue to come easy and Williamson attempts to slog, but doesn't connect it well, still a good over for Kiwis

Over 17

Over Summary:   0 0 1 0 1 0      |  NZ 70/1

Nicholls is beaten by Wood's pace on the first ball, it hits him on the thigh pad, just two singles off the over

Over 16

Over Summary:   4 0 0 0 1 0       |  NZ 68/1

Punkett is pulled for a FOUR by Nicholls to deep square-leg, three dots follow, 

Over 15

Over Summary:   wd 0 0 0 1 1L wd 4      |  NZ 63/1

Mark Wood is brought in and he starts with swinging deliveries, Williamson finds a single after three dots, he is playing slow at the moment, trying to settle, FOUR!! Wodd struggles with the line, resulting in wides and finally a boundary off the last ball as Williamson pulls towars fine-leg

Over 14

Over Summary:   1 0 1 1 1 4    |  NZ 55/1

Plunkett into his second over, the scoreboard is moving at a slow pace, England won't mind that, there has been a dearth of boundaries. Meanwhile, fifty comes up for New Zealand, Nicholls finally finds a boundary off the last ball.

Over 13

Over Summary:   0 0  wd 0 0 0 0      |  NZ 47/1

Chris Woakes into his seventh over, a wdie comes after two balls, another appeall for lbw but no response from the umpire, Williamson has 2 runs from 21 balls, he is taking his time, just a run from the over

Over 12

Over Summary:   0 2 0 2 0 2      |  NZ 46/1

Liam Plunkett is brought in, Nicholls picks two, he pulls a ball after to deep-square-leg for a couple of runs, two more comes off the last ball

Over 11

Over Summary:   Wd 1 0 4 1 0 0      |  NZ 40/1

Woakes starts with a wide, but is right on the money, but Nicholls finds the gap at covers and clears the ball for FOUR! A slightly better over for NZ

Over 10

Over Summary:   0 1L 0 1 0 0      |  NZ 33/1

Archer continues, England continue the dominance as New Zealand look to find a way to get out of the present condition, just two runs off the over, the first powerplay belongs to England

Over 9

Over Summary:   0 0 0 0 1 0      |  NZ 31/1

Woakes continues, three dot balls and a qucik single follows by Nicholls, just a single off the over

Over 8

Over Summary:   0 1 0 0 0 0    |  NZ 30/1

Jofra continues, Williamson faces gorgeous deliveries from the bowler and he cannot do much than wait for a delivery that he can actually touch. Just a single off the over
 

Over 7 Woakes scalps Guptill

Over Summary:   1 W 0 0 0 0    |  NZ 29/1

OUT!! Woakes appeal for LBW and this time, umpire takes no time in deciding, Martin Guptil challenges but only to waste the review!! Guptill's bad form continues!! Kane Williamson is the new batsman

Over 6

Over Summary:   1 0 2 0 0 1    |  NZ 28/0

Jofra maintains the discipline, and there is not much activity from Guptill and Nicholls, 

Over 5

Over Summary:   0 1 1 0 0 0  |  NZ 24/0

Woakes uses a bit shorter length this time and all Nicholls couls manage was a single to third man, Woakes continues to look for Guptill's front pad, but to no avail. Just two singles from the over as Woakes continues to get the batsmen's respect!

Over 4

Over Summary:   0 6 0 4 1 1   |  NZ 22/0

Jofra maintains his usual line and length, SIX!! A little short this time and Guptill uses the pace to cut the ball to third man, and the ball clears the rope, ball after, he comes down the wicket and hits straight down the ground for a FOUR!! 

Over 3

Over Summary 0 0 0  0 0  2    |  NZ 10/0

Woakes into his second over, APPEAL FOR LBW AND GIVEN!! Nicholls appeals for review straightaway, and he survives!! There was height factor and NZ retain their review!! Meanwhile, Nicholls opens his account with a couple of runs.

Over 2

Over Summary 0 1L 0 2 0 0     |  NZ 8/0

Jofra Archer into his maiden World Cup final and he looks good as usual with the ball, Guptill and Nicholsl lok for singles and there is shout for edge as Guptill defends, Jofra looks confident but Umpire turns the appeal down, and lucky for England as they did not review it as it was the sound frpom the thigh pad

Over 1

Over Summary wd 0 0 0 0 4 0      |  NZ 5/0

Chris Woakes starts with a wide and there is movement on the ball, three dot balls follow, Guptill attemps to cut the fourth but there's no timing on the shot. The next one does not disappoints Guptill as he directs the next to backward point for a boundary!! 

Here we go!!

Chris Woakes to begin bowling attack, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls to open for New Zealand

Match begins shortly

National anthems underway. Match begins shortly. Stay tuned!

New Zealand Playing 11:

Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson

England Playing 11:

 Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

PITCH REPORT

"There's been a bit of rain in the morning. But the sun is out right now and the pitch is bright and hard. A lot greener than expected in a one-day game. This is a pitch with a lot of grass, so there will be early seam movement." - reckons Sourav Ganguly,

London Live weather update

According to media reports, rain expected throughout the day.

Toss delayed

Toss delayed by 15 minutes due to rain. Now it will take place at 2:45 pm IST

Most ODI victories and win percentage since CWC15

Most ODI victories (& win%) since #CWC15
 
65 - England (66.33%)
63 - India (66.32)
50 - South Africa (60.24)
49 - New Zealand (57.65)
44 - Australia (51.16)
40 - Pakistan (45.45)
37 - Bangladesh (52.86)

Easy win for England in WC final, predicts Pietersen

As England prepare to take on New Zealand in the finals of the World Cup 2019 on Sunday, former batsman Kevin Pietersen has predicted the result of the summit clash.

According to Pietersen, Eoin Morgan's men will find it rather easy against the Black Caps to win their first World Cup trophy at Lord's.

"You've made it to the home of cricket, herringboneandsui...! I'm thinking an easy win for England," tweeted Pietersen before the start of Sunday's game.

Earlier, cricketer-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar also predicted England's win in the finals. "If you believe in destiny, then its New Zealand; want to stick to logic -- Then it's England," tweeted Manjrekar.

England qualified for the finals after defeating five-time champions Australia while New Zealand made it to the final too after knocking out India in the semis.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson also believes that England are the favourites to lift the coveted trophy.

"A lot of people say that on a number of occasions, which is great, and I think England rightly deserve to be favourites," Williamson said at the pre-match presser.

Key bowler for England

Jofra Archer
 
Archer, who did not find a spot in the preliminary squad, proved that his inclusion in the final squad was a wise decision as he took three wickets in the opening World Cup match against South Africa. In England's World Cup warm-up match against Afghanistan, Archer got hold of three batsmen and helped his side restrict the opponents on just 160 runs. The bowler has been seen rushing the batsmen in the tournament and so far he has scalped 19 wickets in the World Cup, and he is on the third position in the leading wicket-takers list in the ongoing World Cup.
 

Key batsman for New Zealand

Kane Williamson
 
New Zealand skipper Williamson has been a guiding force for his team. He has scored 548 runs in the ongoing World Cup. He held the innings for the Kiwis in the semi-final against India. With each passing game, Williamson's performance has gotten better. He has scored two centuries in the tournament so far and has also provided his off-spin services to the team when in need. Under his leadership, the Kiwis won five matches from nine fixtures in the group stage.
 

Here are the playing 11 prediction of both the teams

England playing 11: 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 playing 11: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro/Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson

Key batsman for England

Jason Roy
 
Roy, the right-handed free-flowing batsman of England, has been in tremendous form in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup so far. In the team's match against Bangladesh, the player played a knock of 152 runs, enabling his team to post a total of 386 runs on the board. Roy allows the team to get off to a quickfire start at the top and England would hope that the batsman continues his rich vein of form in the tournament. Roy has scored 426 runs in the tournament so far at an average of 71 and a strike rate of 117.03. In the semi-final against Australia, Roy provided the quickfire start, enabling the hosts to make light work of the target.
 

New Zealand road to final

Semifinal vs India (July 10)
 
Result: New Zealand won by 18 runs
 
The worries that arose from the hat-trick of defeats in the group stages were wiped out by what was a clinical performance that helped New Zealand overcome the mighty Indian team in the semifinal.
 
New Zealand's innings was completed over the course of two days due to rain pushing the game into reserve day. The conditions worked in their favour as India lost K.L. Rahul, Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli within the first three overs. They were eventually reduced to 92/6 in 30 overs before a stunning counter by Ravindra Jadeja brought India right back into the chase. Jadeja and M.S. Dhoni put up 116 runs for the seventh wicket. Boult dismissed Jadeja in the 48th over and Dhoni fell to a brilliant Martin Guptill run out, thus putting an end to India's fightback.

New Zealand road to final

vs England (July 3)
 
Result: England won by 119 runs
 
It was a case of bad to worse for New Zealand. After suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Australia, they were given an even harsher treatment by the hosts. England's top two wickets contributed 194 runs and Eoin Morgan's cameo helped push their total to 305/8. England's five-pronged pace attack, with able assistance from Adil Rashid, blew New Zealand out of the park as the Kiwis were all out for 186.

New Zealand road to final

vs Australia (June 29)

Result: Australia won by 86 runs

Trent Boult got a hat-trick and wiped out the Australian lower order and New Zealand had a seemingly modest target of 244 to chase. Jason Behrendorff first dismissed the misfiring openers before Mitchell Starc tore into the rest of the batting line-up. While Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon all got a wicket each, Starc ended with five as New Zealand were blown away for 157.

New Zealand road to final

vs Pakistan (June 26)
 
Result: Pakistan won by 6 wickets
 
Saheen Afridi, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Amir tore through the New Zealand top order and by the time Williamson was dismissed, the Kiwis were tottering at 83/5. A 132-run stand between de Grandhomme and Neesham bailed them out and it looked like New Zealand were in with a chance when Pakistan were 110/3 in 25 overs. However, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail's 126-run stand effectively killed the game. Babar ended the match unbeaten on 101.

New Zealand road to final

vs West Indies (June 22)
 
Result: New Zealand won by 5 runs
 
Arguably one of the matches of the tournament. New Zealand batted first and Williamson shone once again with a masterful 148. Sheldon Cottreel picked up four wickets as New Zealand ended their innings on 291/8. Shimron Hetmyer and Chris Gayle put up a 122-run stand but West Indies kept losing wickets either side of that stand. But that was until Carlos Brathwaite started leading a stunning rear guard act. The mercurial all-rounder smashed 101 off 82 balls and it looked like he had the match in his hands when West Indies needed four to win from seven balls. However, his attempt for a big finish went awry as he holed out at long on as New Zealand won the match.

New Zealand road to final

vs India (June 13)

Result: Match abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled

vs South Africa (June 19)

Result: New Zealand won by 4 wickets

The first time New Zealand were truly tested in the tournament. The beleaguered South African side were limited 241/6 largely thanks to Ferguson's three-fer. Munro and Guptill failed to fire once again as Chris Morris ran through the Kiwi middle order. But Williamson's 57-run stand with Neesham and a 91-run partnership with Colin de Grandhomme got them close. Williamson was unbeaten on 105 as New Zealand won the match by four wickets with just three balls in hand.

New Zealand road to final

vs Afghanistan (June 8)
 
Result: New Zealand won by 7 wickets
 
Lockie Ferguson and Jimmy Neesham were on the Afghanistan batsmen like a rash, picking four and five wickets, respectively. Only four Afghanistan batsmen managed to get double digit scores. Williamson was unbeaten on 79 and his 89-run stand with Taylor ended any chances that the Afghan players were nursing after they got the first two wickets quickly.

New Zealand road to final

vs Bangladesh (June 5)
 
Result: New Zealand won by 2 wickets
 
Matt Henry's four-fer helped New Zealand dismiss Bangladesh for 244 but it took a 105-run stand between skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to resurrect the run chase after the Kiwis lost their first two wickets within the first 10 overs. Williamson was eventually dismissed in the 32nd over for 40 and Taylor a few overs later for 82. But the lower order easily saw the game out.

New Zealand road to final

vs Sri lanka (June 1)
 
Result: New Zealand won by 10 wickets
 
Although strong performances like these were common throughout the tournament for New Zealand, this was an anomaly given that their openers never fired in this manner again. Matt Henry and Trent Boult picked three wickets each to dismiss Sri Lanka for 137 before openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro chased down the total in just over 16 overs.

England road to final

Semifinal vs Austrlalia (July 11)
 
Result: England won by 8 wickets
 
England's rematch against Australia was in the semifinal and it couldn't be more different from their previous encounter than it was in this case. Australia batted first and Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Joffra Archer ensured that they were all out for 223. Roy played a blinder of an innings at the top of the order and would have made a century had it not been for an erroneous caught behind decision that went against him. His 124-run opening stand with Bairstow effectively killed the match as England reached the World Cup final for the first since 1992 by chasing down the target in 32.1 overs.

England road to final

vs New Zealand (July 3)
 
Result: England won by 119 runs
 
Another sublime performance from the openers set the platform for England to beat their eventual title clash opponents by a comprehensive margin. England's top two contributed 194 runs while Morgan's cameo helped push the total to 305/8. England's five-pronged pace attack, with able assistance from Adil Rashid, then blew New Zealand out of the park as the Kiwis were all out for 186.

England road to final

vs India (June 30)
 
Result: England won by 31 runs
 
Jason Roy returned and England went back to winning ways. Roy and Bairstow put up an opening stand of 160 runs as the latter scored 111. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler then pummelled the Indian bowlers towards the end of the innings as England posted 337/7. England then saw out a century by Rohit Sharma and restricted India to 306/5.

England road to final

vs Australia (June 25)
 
Result: Australia won by 64 runs
 
Jason Roy was not available for the second match in succession and England's need for an opener of his calibre was seen once again. Australia, on the other hand, got a strong opening partnership with David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch putting up 123 runs. Finch went on to score 100 as Australia scored 285/7. Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc then blew away the England top order within the first 14 overs. England were kept in the game by the tenacious Ben Stokes and it took a yorker that is a good contender for ball of the tournament from Starc to dismiss him. Starc took four wickets while Behrendorff scalped five.

England road to final

vs Sri Lanka (June 21)
 
Result: Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
 
This match sparked life into the group stages and is one of the main reasons why it didn't end with a series of dead rubbers. Sri Lanka batted first and Angelo Mathews' 85 helped them reach 232/9. The mighty England batsmen were bamboozled by Lasith Malinga, who first got the wickets of Bairstow, James Vince and Morgan before snaffling Buttler later in the chase. Sri Lanka managed to defend the total quite comfortably in the end, dismissing England for 212. Suddenly the hosts' chances of making the knockouts was in jeopardy.

England road to final

vs Sri Lanka (June 21)

Result: Sri Lanka won by 20 runs

This match sparked life into the group stages and is one of the main reasons why it didn't end with a series of dead rubbers. Sri Lanka batted first and Angelo Mathews' 85 helped them reach 232/9. The mighty England batsmen were bamboozled by Lasith Malinga, who first got the wickets of Bairstow, James Vince and Morgan before snaffling Buttler later in the chase. Sri Lanka managed to defend the total quite comfortably in the end, dismissing England for 212. Suddenly the hosts' chances of making the knockouts was in jeopardy.

England road to final

vs Afghanistan (June 25)
 
Result: England won by 150 runs
 
Captain Eoin Morgan smashed a record 17 sixes as he raced to 148 off just 71 balls. Rashid Khan ended with 110/0 in 9 overs, the most expensive figures for a bowler in ODI history. The chase was a farcical one that ended with Afghanistan labouring to 247/8 in 50 overs.

England road to final

vs West Indies (June 14)
 
Result: England won by 8 wickets
 
What was expected to be a run fest turned out to be a bit of a farce. Joffra Archer and Mark Wood took three wickets apiece as West Indies were blown away for 213. However, Roy was injured while fielding which affected England later on. Joe Root opened with Jonny Bairstow and scored an unbeaten hundred as England wrapped up the chase in 33 overs.

England road to final

vs Bangladesh (June 8)
 
Result: England won by 106 runs
 
Jason Roy smashed 153 off 121 balls to help England reach 386/6 in their 50 overs. It did look like they would make well over 400 when Roy was going big guns in the middle overs. Shakib Al Hasan scored 121 but Bangladesh managed to reach only 280, thus sealing the win for England.

England road to final

vs Pakistan (June 3)
 
Result: Pakistan won by 14 runs
 
What was expected to a stroll in the park ended up being a sensational defeat. Pakistan batted first and got strong partnerships from their top five. They set up a total of 349. England got centuries from Joe Root and Jos Buttler but the rest hardly scored as they were eventually restricted to 334/9.

England road to final: Match 1

England vs South Africa (May 30)
 
Result: England won by 104 runs
 
The tournament opener was also one in which England sent a clear signal to the rest of the teams. They got partnerships all the way down the order batting first with Ben Stokes top scoring with 89. Stokes also took two wickets and a blinder of a catch on the ropes to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo. England had made 311/8 and in response, South Africa were all out for 207. Read full match report here
 

Tufnell backs Morgan's England to go one step further than 1992

Phil Tufnell, who was part of the England side that lost the 1992 World Cup final, has backed Eoin Morgan's current squad to go one step further and lift the trophy on Sunday.

The former spinner-turned-expert has had the best seat in the house for much of England's historic run to the final on home soil this summer.

And after Jason Roy and Chris Woakes inspired an eight-wicket walloping of Australia in the semi-finals, Tufnell can't see how New Zealand are going to be able to stop this England team.

 

Eoin Morgan. Photo: Reuters

Barmy Army to lead England's battle from the stands

They had put the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on fire during the semi-finals and the Barmy Army is now keen to paint the Lords red when hosts England take on last editions runners-up New Zealand in the final of the 2019 World Cup on Sunday.

Speaking to IANS, Barmy Army's social media head Toby Marriott said that this English team has had a spectacular transition and every member of the team deserves the accolades they have got since the whole process of resurgence started in 2015.

"It has been incredible to lose to Bangladesh in 2015 and then to rise from there. Beating Australia in the semi-final and now going into the final as favourites is an incredible transition. Eoin Morgan has been a brilliant captain and he has been supported well by every single member of the team. Look at the likes of Jofra Archer who has just come in and is making a massive impression. I think these guys are incredibly talented, but very down to earth without any ego," he said.

Going back to the history of how it all started for the fan group, Marriott said: "We have been around from the 1994-95 Ashes series in Australia. It started with the guys singing a few songs and the Australian press named us the 'Barmy Army'. It has become a brand now and we have around 35,000 members and we are almost synonymous with English cricket. The best part is that you just need to be an English cricket fan to be a part of us. But you have to love Test cricket (smiles). The background and the sexes don't matter, just gotta love the game."

Birmingham: England's Liam Plunkett, left, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of India's captain Virat Kohli during the Cricket World Cup match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Sunday, June 30, 2019. AP /PTI Photo

England took 27 years to reach ICC Cricket World Cup final

England, the hosts, took 27 years to reach in the final of the marquee tournament. Having failed on three occasions - in 1979, 1987 and 1992, this English side displayed a new brand of cricket. Under the leadership of Eoin Morgan, England team believes in being aggressive, taking the bowlers to cleaners, scoring highest possible total and producing nasty bouncers with commendable pace.

England's stinging defeat to Australia gave the hosts a 'good kick': Jason Roy

Jason Roy says England's stinging defeat by Australia in the World Cup group phase gave the hosts a "good kick" and helped them rediscover their mojo.

England will step out at the "home of cricket" on Sunday as favourites to lift the trophy for the first time against a New Zealand side also looking to make history.

Last time they were at the ground they were pushed to the brink of a group-stage elimination by a 64-run loss to 2015 World Cup winners Australia.

England's Jason Roy raises his bat to celebrate scoring fifty runs during the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between England and Australia at Edgbaston. Photo: AP | PTI

Key bowler for New Zealand cricket team

Trent Boult

Boult had finished the 2015 edition as the tournament's joint highest wicket-taker with Mitchell Starc. He has become one of the most successful fast bowlers of New Zealand. Boult has picked up 17 wickets so far in the tournament. He took the crucial wicket of Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the semi-final match against India. Apart from his fast bowling, he is also known for his sharp fielding skills. He denied West Indies' Carlos Brathwaite from finishing the game against Kiwis as he took a brilliant catch of Brathwaite on the boundary. In the same fixture, Boult picked up four West Indian wickets.
 

Zealand's Trent Boult celebrates the dismissal of India's captain Virat Kohli during the Cricket World Cup semi-final match

Weakness of England cricket team

England have failed to gun down big totals and their defeats in the group stages are testimony to that. They have shown signs of crumbling under pressure.


Weakness of New Zealand cricket team

New Zealand's batting is their weakness. Besides Williamson, none of the other batsmen have scored consistently. They also have a habit of choking under pressure.
New Zealand's Martin Guptill leaves the field after being dismissed by India's Jasprit Bumrah

Strengths of New Zealand cricket team

The Kiwis will once again look up to their in-form skipper Kane Williamson to do the bulwark with the bat. With 548 runs in 8 innings, Williamson is the fifth highest run-getter in the ICC World Cup 2019 and will surely look to build on his consistent form. New Zealand's biggest strength is their fiery pace bowling line-up led by Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult, who have picked up 18 and 17 wickets, respectively, in the tournament so far.


England's strength ahead of ICC CWC 2019 final

England's opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have wreaked havoc and they can take the game away from the opposition in a matter of 20 overs. England's bowling with the effervescent Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood also seem potent. Ben Stokes has been brilliant so far and the all-rounder will look to bring his best to the table in the crucial clash.


Lord's to be 'no-fly zone' for England-New Zealand final

As England and New Zealand get ready to lock horns in the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup final on Sunday, the Lord's Cricket Ground has been declared as a 'no fly zone' for both the match day (July 14) and reserve day (July 15).

"It will be a no-fly zone at Lord's tomorrow, keeping in mind the charted flight political messages incident. ICC has requested the concerned authority for the same. Lord's will remain a no-fly zone for both the match day and reserve day (July 14 and 15)," an ICC source told ANI.

Earlier, in the first semi-final between India and New Zealand, the airspace over Old Trafford was shut down keeping the unfurling of political messages in mind.

Before the semi-final clash, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had written to the BCCI that airspace over Old Trafford, in Manchester will remain shut during the semifinal clash. ECB had assured BCCI that the Old Trafford stadium will be a no-fly zone for the match.
 

Here are the squads of both the teams

England world cup squad: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Moeen Ali, James Vince.
 
New Zealand world cup squad: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Tom Blundell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson.

Preview

The last time England and New Zealand met in the 2019 World Cup, it was a group stage encounter and the hosts broke a 27-year-old record to beat the Kiwis in a showpiece event tie. But all that will count for nothing when the two teams clash in the final at Lord's on Sunday. While New Zealand beat favourites India to seal the final spot, England thrashed arch-rivals Australia by eight wickets to set up the final date.

On paper, it will clearly be a case of home advantage standing Eoin Morgan's men in good stead, but as Kiwi coach Gary Stead hinted on Friday, calling the New Zealand boys underdogs for the final clash would be unfair. After all, they beat the much-fancied Indians to book their ticket to London.

While both teams have quality bowling attacks, the batting of the New Zealand outfit is something that will definitely bother the Kiwis, especially the poor form of experienced opener Martin Guptill. While his direct hit to dismiss M.S. Dhoni did change the outcome of the semi-final between India and New Zealand, he would wish to give the Kiwis a good start at the top. And there is a positive in there. Guptill's first ODI in England was at Lord's in May 2013 and the opener scored 103* against the Englishmen in that game.

But he will come up against Jofra Archer and Mark Wood and the duo have literally been on fire in this edition of the showpiece event picking up 19 and 17 wickets respectively. Archer also has the highest dot balls to his name with 338 and like he showed in the game against Australia, his pace can be quite disconcerting when he is on song.

Archer isn't the only concern though for the Kiwis. Another man who has been a pain in the back of most teams this year, has been Jason Roy, and while he was fined for challenging the decision of umpire Kumar Dharmasena in the semi-final game, he hasn't been suspended and will be free to play. And if the 85 at Edgbaston was anything to go by, New Zealand have their task cut out.

To be fair to the Kiwis, while the bowling attack of the two teams look almost at par on paper, England's batting has a lot more depth as compared to the Kiwis, and Kane Williamson's boys will have their task cut out if they are to clean the batting up. But then, on a given day, anything can happen and the New Zealand players will definitely take confidence from their semi-final encounter against India.
 

ICC CWC 2019: England vs New Zealand Final. Photo: @ICC


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