We could not have expected a better end to this festival of Cricket. We have a new Wolrd Chmapion and that too in a thrilling match. A match for the ages. It has been a great pleasuer to bring this World Cup covearge for you. It is time to part ways.
That is one of the great catches. To run in, time the dive like that and then not even let his hands, let alone the ball, touch the ground, is astonishing. To do it in a World Cup Final to dismiss the opposition captain…the mind boggles. That was nooiiice.
Think again. The Black Caps are not about to give up without a fight and have Joe Root back in the sheds. Horror shot from Root and NZ have a huge breakthrough.
|League Manager Information||Is admiring the stand between Roy and Bairstow which enabled his side to be on top despite losing their way in the last 30 overs of the first innings. On England being forced to adapt to defending totals more than preferring to chase, Morgan bluntly says that he believes that his side can do both - defend or chase - depending on how good or bad the pitch gets in the second innings.|
Now this is tense. There was plenty of speculation on why Williamson brought de Grandhomme in at the time. Once again Sir Kane has read the conditions perfectly.
Pitch slowing. The strangle is on.
He score 36 off 55 balls. There will need to be plenty more where that comes from for New Zealand to beat England.
But umpire Erasmus called not out and the Black Caps sent it upstairs. The review came back upmires call but it perplexing with the ball hitting quite a fair bit of the stumps. Two average decisions from a very good umpire.
How on earth is that umpires call!!!! New Zealand hit just 14 fours in their innings as well as two sixes. Mark Waugh said New Zealand were about runs short. Ball-tracking agrees, showing this one was going well over the bails.