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Cricket World Cup final updates: England's batting v New Zealand's bowling - who will win?

Tournament hosts chasing 242 against Black Caps at Lord's in London

Super over!

Dramatic scenes at Lord's as teams prepare for a super over as the match ends in a tie.

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Partnership is broken

Jos Buttler is out caught in the deep off the bowling of that man Lockie Ferguson again. Turning point of the final?

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Morgan out!

Struggling with the bat, captain Eoin Morgan is caught brilliantly by Ferguson off the bowling of Jimmy Neesham. Now, England are under real pressure!

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When in doubt, quote who?

New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, who was involved in the 2015 World Cup, has an interesting quote from an interesting character to describe the context of the game.

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Big wicket as Bairstow is out

After batting with so much control throughout his innings, Bairstow uncharacteristically plays on for Lockie Ferguson to take his first wicket of the match. England 71-3 in 19.3 overs. They still have plenty of batting to come, but they will be a touch nervous right now.

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Root gone

Joe Root swings wildly at a wide-ish delivery from Colin de Grandhomme to be caught behind for nine. The medium-pacer may have made some amends for dropping a return catch that would have sent Jonny Bairstow back to the pavilion, but England are still favourites to win at 59-2 in 16.3 overs.

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England lose first wicket

Jason Roy is out after nicking a Matt Henry outswinger to Tom Latham as England are 28-1.

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Nervy start from England

After five overs, England are 24-0. Openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have been largely watchful although Roy was a trifle fortunate to escape an umpire review. Bairstow has a couple of boundaries from Boult's third over to relieve the pressure a little. But the tournament hosts will need to build a foundation here, given Trent Boult and Matt Henry are bowling beautifully with the new ball.

New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of England opener Jason Roy. Aijaz Rahi / AP Photo
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of England opener Jason Roy. Aijaz Rahi / AP Photo

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Black Caps settle for 241-8

So that's that! New Zealand have set a target of 242 for England to win. The total is possibly below par, but it could still be a tricky run chase for the tournament hosts given it's the final. It's not unreasonable to expect fireworks from Jason Roy, but the Black Caps have arguably the best bowling attack in the World Cup so it's game on at this stage.

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Big wicket as Latham goes

Woakes gets the prized wicket of Tom Latham after the left-hander tries to up the ante. the Kiwis are 234-7.

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De Grandhomme is out

A struggling Colin de Grandhomme is out after visibly struggling against England's pace, particularly that of Jofra Archer. But the wicket goes to Chris Woakes - his second of the match - as De Grandhomme is caught by sub James Vince for 16. Can Tom Latham and Mitchell Santner hit out with less than four overs remaining?

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Neesham gone

New Zealand have lost their fifth wicket - and the fifth batsman to get into double figures before getting out. Jimmy Neesham holes out for 19 giving Plunkett his third wicket. An England win today surely makes the fast bowler a contender for the Man of the Match award.

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Taylor out after not reviewing

Ross Taylor has been dismissed leg before wicket by Mark Wood for 15, but had he reviewed, the TV umpire would have announced "not out" as the bounce was too high. England are well in the driver's seat at the moment as New Zealand are 141-4 from 33.1 overs.

England's Mark Wood, center, celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Ross Taylor, partially seen behind Wood, during the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
England's Mark Wood, center, celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Ross Taylor, partially seen behind Wood, during the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

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Run-rate dips after Nicholls wicket

Has Liam Plunkett bowled the match-defining spell? The England fast bowler took the wickets of Williamson (caught behind) and Nicholls (bowled), but he has also been miserly thus far. His figures read: 7-0-26-2. But old hand Ross Taylor and wicketkeeper Tom Latham are at the crease chugging along. The run-rate is hovering around 4-plus.

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Williamson out

Liam Plunkett takes the big wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson as he is caught behind for 30. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena gives it not out before Eoin Morgan calls for a review and wins it. Huge blow for the Black Caps at 103-2.

They are still going along nicely at a run-rate of 4.50, which means they can get a 270-plus total so long as they can keep a few wickets at the death.

Kane Williamson is out caught by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Liam Plunkett. Getty Images
Kane Williamson is out caught by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Liam Plunkett. Getty Images

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Stat!

Did you know New Zealand have beaten England in their two previous ODIs at Lord's? The Black Caps won by five wickets in 2013 and 51 runs in 2008. Will be it 3-0 today?

New Zealand's Henry Nicholls plays a shot off the bowling of England's Liam Plunkett. The Black Caps look to be settling in. Alastair Grant / AP Photo
New Zealand's Henry Nicholls plays a shot off the bowling of England's Liam Plunkett. The Black Caps look to be settling in. Alastair Grant / AP Photo

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Indian and Australian fans in the stands

Paul Radley, our man at the World Cup, has spotted Indian and Australian fans in the stands, with some Men in Blue supporters apparently chanting "India! India!". Except India aren't playing, are they.

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Guptill gone

England got an early breakthrough as Chris Woakes takes the wicket of New Zealand opener Martin Guptill LBW.

Woakes got one to come back in at the right-hander and after a consultation with fellow opener Henry Nicholls Guptill decided to review but the decision stood.

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New Zealand win toss

New Zealand have won the toss in the World Cup final against England and have opted to bat first.

Hosts England have named an unchanged XI for the fourth game in a row, meaning Liam Plunkett retained his place in a seam-heavy attack at the expense of spin-bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali.

Their opponents also kept faith with their semi-final winning side, Henry Nicholls having passed a fitness test.

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Coin toss delayed by 15 minutes

England's World Cup final against New Zealand was delayed by 15 minutes after a rainy morning at Lord's.

The planned 10am toss was pushed back after the early showers, which left the outfield damp and ground preparations slightly behind schedule.

Neither side have won the tournament before, guaranteeing a new name on the trophy, with England thrashing Ashes rivals Australia to book their place in the showpiece and the Black Caps upsetting India.

Our reporter Paul Radley seems to think whoever does win the toss should bowl first.

Meanwhile, at the Nursery ground ...

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What is it?

2019 Cricket World Cup final

Who is playing?

England v New Zealand

When is it?

Today, 1.30pm (UAE time) start

Where is it being played?

Lord's, London

How to watch in UAE?

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Head-to-head

Matches: 90

England won: 41

New Zealand won: 43

Tied: 2

No results: 4

Form guide (past five games):

England: WWWLL (last five completed matches, most recent first)

New Zealand: WLLLW

What they said:

Eoin Morgan, England captain, on whether mid-tournament setbacks have helped paved the way to the final: "I think it has helped us because it's lent itself to actually being more positive and aggressive and a bit smarter about how we play and it's sort of been the last-chance saloon since Durham, which has been nice in a way."

Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain, on whether playing in a second straight final relieves pressure on his team: "Whether having had experience in a final or not is a good thing - any final you get the opportunity to play in is a really positive thing. But at the same time, as we know in this game nothing promises, so it does come down to putting a performance on the board that gives us the best opportunity to win."

Likely XIs:

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

Summary:

On paper, England look more formidable: they have a once-in-a-generation batting line-up and plenty of options when it comes to bowling. New Zealand, on the other hand, have a strong bowling attack, but they have depended chiefly on captain Kane Williamson and old hand Ross Taylor for the bulk of their runs.

This means the most decisive battle is likely to be between England’s batsmen and New Zealand’s bowlers – especially if England bat first.

Updated: July 14, 2019 10:05 PM

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