Martin Guptill was run out on the final ball of the Super Over as England pipped New Zealand to win the World Cup. @AFP

While the World Cup glory eluded New Zealand as England clinched their maiden World Cup trophy at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 14 in London on Sunday, Martin Guptill said that the team, after being in a “sombre mood” for a while, partied.

“Up until the third ball we were right in the box seat. “And then it wasn’t to be, but that’s just the way cricket goes, as players. It was one hell of a final,” Guptill, who will be playing for Worcestershire Rapids in the Vitality Sports, told Sky Sports.

England and New Zealand’s scores were tied before the Super Over thriller decided the winner of the final. The match though had its share of ups and downs as the momentum swung from one side to another.

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One such moment came in the final over when Guptill’s throw from the deep hit Ben Stokes’ bat and the ball went past the boundary rope, helping England score six crucial runs. The right-hander admitted that that moment turned the game.

“I guess it was the throw that I threw in from the boundary and hit the back of Stokes’ bat, and trickled off for four,” he said. “You know when that sort of thing happens, from a throw from the boundary, it tends not to go your way,” added Guptill.

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Batting first in the Super Over, England batted first and scored 15 runs. New Zealand needed 2 runs off the final ball to win the final but England managed to run out Guptill and ended New Zealand’s hopes.

“I didn’t really know where the ball was, I just put the head down and just started running. It was a good throw and I dived from about halfway, and just come up a little bit short,” said Guptill.

Although New Zealand could not win the final, the Kane Williamson-led side has been receiving a lot of praise for the way it carried itself after the defeat. The Kiwi opener said that the team partied after getting over the disappointment.

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“Yeah, I think so. You know, the support that we had from back home and even around here, and what you see on social media, everyone just loved the game, whether they were cricket watchers or not. Everyone was all over the game and they loved it and it was just a shame for us about the result,” said Guptill.

“We actually had quite a good party. I mean, obviously it was quite a sombre mood for a while but then we realised we were part of one of the greatest games in cricket history, so we got over it fairly quickly. We had a good time together, because we’re not going to be together as a group like that for a while yet,” concluded Guptill.