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England vs New Zealand

England vs New Zealand

With Roy, who scored 443 runs at an average of 63.28, restored to the line-up, England's confidence was back and, with it, the aggressive style that has served them so well over the past four years. Tied once again, England triumphed on account of boundaries scored in the original 50-over match, a technocratic decider in a contest that proved impossible to settle any other way. I suppose you can't control them, can you? "I was up and down like a yo-yo". "We are delighted that we are lifting the trophy".

In an Instagram post, Ms Ardern sent her congratulations to England, adding: "I think as a nation we all aged a year in that super over".

England, the pre-tournament favourites, clinched their maiden World Cup title, but their charge towards the title was not without luck.

Back-to-back defeats by Sri Lanka and Australia in the group stage helped England rediscover the attacking brand of fearless cricket which has been the hallmark of the current team.

"Certainly neither England nor New Zealand deserved to lose such an incredible, seesawing final when they couldn't be split after 50 overs each".

During the New Zealand innings, the English pace attack showed huge discipline, bowling tight, nearly test cricket lines of attack. The skipper took his time settling in and just as he was gathering pace, he was dismissed by Plunkett in the 23rd over.

Woakes claimed three as well, including the wicket of Latham just when the batsman was looking poised to provide the late charge that could have taken New Zealand past the 250-mark.

"I think probably like a lot of New Zealanders I'm still feeling quite traumatised by that match".

England could have been in a bigger hole had de Grandhomme not dropped a waist-high return catch from Bairstow, then on 18.

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Gamechanger: Ben Stokes did not have much of a role to play in the first innings, but he played one of the innings of his life in the second innings with the England side in crisis.

While it has been a tournament that has seen teams struggle to score in the range of 300-350, the Kiwis have scored lesser, but defended really well.

The last act was as Buttler running out Guptill at the keeper's end after Roy had thrown in from deep midwicket, which was cue for wild celebrations among England's players, who have gone from white-ball strugglers to trailblazers and world champions in the space of four years.

This was the second time in a row that New Zealand failed to win the trophy after reaching the final. "Perhaps it wasn't meant to be for us".

"The guys are shattered at the moment - it is devastating".

"(Joe) Root came up to me and said some inspirational words as well.

Showing why he is ranked as the world's top all-rounder in ODIs, Shakib made the most of his promotion to the number three position, accumulating 606 runs and also picking up 11 wickets.

"The most ridiculous game of cricket to have ever been played", Buttler said, nearly lost for words.


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