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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 8.54 PM IST

ICC World Cup Final: Nicholls departs, New Zealand 130/3 against England

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LONDON: New Zealand, after electing to bat first on winning a crucial toss, have lost 3 wickets for 130 runs in 31 overs against the hosts England in the ICC Cricket World Cup final here on Sunday. After losing the opener Martin Guptill rather early, skipper Kane Williamson (30) and Henry Nicholls (55) steadied the innings for the Kiwis. But they lost 2 big wickets in Williamson and Nicholls in quick succession. England will look to build on this sudden momentum and take the game in their favour.

Ross Taylor (8*) and Tom Latham (2*) is at the crease.

Both the sides is playing an unchanged XI. Following are the squads:

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

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

England, the hosts, took 27 years to reach the final of the marquee tournament. Having failed on three occasions -- in 1979, 1987 and 1992, this English side displays 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.

New Zealand entered their second consecutive World Cup final after defeating the table-topper India. With the surprising win, the Kiwis forced the world to believe in the unpredictable nature of the game and anybody can beat anybody regardless who holds the tag of favourites.

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