England need 242 to lift CWC trophy

The World Cup 2019 Final is halfway through as only another 3-4 hours are left to find a new 50-over World Cup champion. The hosts England need 242 runs against New Zealand to lift their first-ever World Cup trophy.

England are in their fourth World Cup final, first since 1992. New Zealand are just in their second World Cup final after they made their first entrance to the finals in 2015.

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Rain delayed the toss and start of play by 15 minutes. The toss went in New Zealand’s way as they opted to bat first on a grassy track. Both sides made no changes to their playing XIs.

Martin Guptill, who was in search of form, scored the first boundary in the first over off Chris Woakes. Guptill’s woes continued as he ended his 2019 World Cup with the bat scoring 18-ball 19 runs. He was trapped lbw off Woakes.

Henry Nicholls and skipper Kane Williamson kept the scoreboard ticking on with 74-run partnership. Nicholls got his first half-century of the tournament, making 55 from 77 balls. Williamson was caught behind for 30 off Plunkett which was followed by Nicholls inside-edging a Plunkett delivery on to the stumps.

New Zealand batsmen could not get going in the death overs. Tom Latham contributed 47 runs off 56 deliveries. England bowlers conceded just 62 runs for 3 wickets in the last ten overs.

The Blackcaps managed 241/8 in 50 overs. Plunkett and Woakes had three wickets each in their bags. Jofra Archer took only one wicket in the match.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 241/8 in 50 overs (Nicholls 55, Latham 47; Woakes 3/37, Plunkett 3/42)

England 242 runs to win

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