Nicholls is a goner! He has reviewed. Only an inside edge can save him.
2.2 overs (0 Run)
This is fired outside off, Nicholls shoulders arms to this one.
2.1 overs (0 Run)
A little too straight, this it worked to square leg.
1.6 overs (0 Run)
A good first over by Archer. The last ball is on a length and on off, MG keeps it out.
1.5 overs (0 Run)
What happened there? A huge appeal, actually, Archer started celebrating but then it has been turned down. England do not review too. Replays suggest that is a top class decision. A brilliant ball though by Archer. This lands on middle and off and then straightens. Guptill is squared up as he tries to defend. It goes off the back thigh and to the keeper.
1.4 overs (2 Runs)
Two now! This one comes back in just a little from middle, Guptill works it through backward square leg and takes two.
1.3 overs (0 Run)
Confusion but no harm done! This is shorter and on middle, Guptill works it towards square leg and sets off but Nicholls sends him back in time.
1.2 overs (1 Run)
A leg bye! This is on the pads, Nicholls looks to flick but misses. The ball brushes the pads and rolls on the leg side. A run is taken.
1.1 overs (0 Run)
Goes extremely full but there is no swing for Archer. Nicholls plays it to mid on.
Jofra Archer to bowl with the second new ball.
0.6 over (0 Run)
A dot to end! 5 from the first over. Good length and outside off, MG shoulders arms to this one.
0.5 over (4 Runs)
FOUR! Guptill is off the mark in style! This was uppish but away from the fielder. A little luck there for Guptill which he probably hasn’t had in the World Cup so far. No better day for it to go your way than today. This is a back of a length ball outside off, Guptill stands tall and guides it in the air but wide of point. Despite the rain in the morning, it races away.
0.4 over (0 Run)
Guptill comes down the pitch again, he then looks to cut this fractionally short delivery. It is too close to play that shot so he mistimes it to point.
0.3 over (0 Run)
A tighter line this time, it is on middle, Guptill works it to mid-wicket.
0.2 over (0 Run)
A little movement for Woakes. He lands it around off and gets it to shape away. Guptill takes a few steps down the track and lets it be.
0.1 over (0 Run)
Corrects his line and bowls it on off, Guptill defends it out.
0.1 over (1 Run)
WIDE! New Zealand are underway! But Guptill just might have indicated that he is going after the bowlers straightaway. This is wide outside off, Guptill needs no sighters. He goes after it but misses.
Done and dusted with the National Anthems! It is game time now. The English players make their way out to the centre and they are followed by the New Zealand openers, Martin Guptill and Tom Latham. Chris Woakes has the first new ball in hand and he will be bowling to the right-hander. Here we go…
Time for the National Anthems! A huge round of applause as the umpires and the players make their way out to the middle. New Zealand will sing their first and then it will be England’s turn.
England (Unchanged Playing XI) – Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.
New Zealand (Unchanged Playing XI) – Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
Eoin Morgan says he is not at all disappointed, it was a 50-50 call and it does not matter now. States the team which plays well will lift the trophy. Informs Bairstow is fully fit and they are all ready for this game. Their performance against Australia was very good, especially the bowlers, they started off really well and the others continued the good work and he hopes to do something similar. Everybody has put in a lot of hard work in the last 4 years and they have created a different amount of expectations. They have played high pressure games and the semi finals was one too, he hopes they can put in a good performance.
Kane Williamson says it is a tough decision, if you look at the surface, it seems a bat first surface but the conditions overhead gets him a touch confused. States it was great to get over the line against India but today is a different game and against a different team. Mentions he will always back Guptill with the bat, they know what kind of a player he is. Further adds they have showed a lot of fight and character and he hopes for the same. Also tells, it is a lot different from the 2015 finals, it is a different venue, different team and anything could happen. Ends by saying it would be special if they manage to get over the line.
TOSS – It is time for the toss. The two captains are out there. Morgan flips it, Williamson calls tails and it lands in his favor. NEW ZEALAND WILL BAT FIRST!
PITCH REPORT – Sourav Ganguly says there has been a bit of rain in the morning but the sun is out. States the surface looks very green, a lot greener you would see in the ODI game. Reckons it might just assist the pacers early on. Further adds it is a big game so the decision at the toss will be an important one. He ends by saying, the team which wins the toss should bat first.
Kevin Pietersen recently said, the team which beats India, will probably go onto win the World Cup. In today’s case, both the sides have done so but there can be only one winner. The English team are firm favorites on recent form and also, they seem a stronger side on paper. New Zealand however, did not enter the Semi Finals in the best of forms but their win over India would have taken their confidence to another level so they also can’t be ruled out. One believes, it is a battle between the dynamic English batting line-up against the excellent bowling line-up of New Zealand. All to play for today. Let us hope we witness a thrilling final.
The time has come, the last day of the World Cup, two teams, England and New Zealand, have a chance to create history today. A win for either in this final, will see their long wait end to get their hands on the cup. Also, the final is being played at probably the most prestigious ground, the Home of Cricket, the Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s. It just does not get better than this. Hello and welcome to the coverage.