Eng v NZ WC Final LIVE: England Crowned Champions!
Live updates from the England vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup final at The Lord’s.
ICC World Cup Final: Who Takes The Cup?
Over a month and a half of cricket in England and Wales and it comes down to this one match today. Hosts England take on New Zealand at The Lord’s for a shot at a historic first World Cup title.
The last time the two teams met in this tournament, it was a group stage match as the hosts broke a 27-year-old record to beat the Kiwis at the showpiece event.
While New Zealand beat favorites India to seal the final spot, England thrashed arch-rivals Australia by eight wickets to set up the final date.
ICC World Cup Final: KP Predicts England
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has predicted that Eoin Morgan's men will find it rather easy against the Black Caps today.
"You've made it to the home of cricket, herringboneandsui...! I'm thinking an easy win for England," tweeted Pietersen before the start of the match.
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.
ICC World Cup Final: Morgan Predicts Low-Scoring Match
On the even of the final, England captain Eoin Morgan predicted a tight, low-scoring match.
Speaking from experience, as he plays his county cricket for Middlesex at Lord's, Morgan said: "It isn't ever a high-scoring ground — so I'd say tomorrow isn't going to be a high-scoring game. I think it will be a bit of a battle."
New Zealand is one of only two teams — along with Afghanistan — to have failed to score at least 300 in any match this tournament but has proved adept at defending or chasing small totals.
The Kiwis beat India in the semifinal in Manchester after posting 239 batting first.
ICC World Cup Final: Toss Delayed
There’s been rain overnight in London and while it won’t stop the match from being played, the toss has been delayed by 15 minutes.
Instead of 2:30pm IST it will now take place at 2:45pm IST.
ICC World Cup Final: NZ Win Toss
Kane Williamson has called it right and he’s elected to bat first against England at The Lord’s. They’re playing an unchanged XI.
“Not at all” is Eoin Morgan’s answer when he’s asked if he is disappointed about losing the toss. The hosts are also playing an unchanged team.
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