Live Updates

  • 12:48 AM IST

    That’s that then, England are crowned World Cup champions for the first time after 48 matches. That’s a wrap from all of us here. We hope you enjoyed the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. For one last time then in the tournament, it’s good night.

  • 12:37 AM IST


  • 12:37 AM IST

    England are officially crowned the World Cup champions!

  • 12:37 AM IST

    Eoin Morgan, the winning captain: “I’d like to commiserate Kane and his team. The example that they lead is hugely commendable to him and his team. On a tough wicket where everyone found it tough to score. Buttler and Stokes put together a partnership, and I thought that would take us deep, and it did. This has been a four-year- journey – and we find it hard to play on wickets like that. To get over the line today means the world to us. I was being cooled down by Plunkett, which isn’t a good sign. Some of the support staff – not only the best in our team, but in the world, they really helped. Full credit to the two boys who went out for the superover, given that they were there most recently. Archer just improves every time he goes out there. Really incredible – everyone in the changeroom today, Willey, Billings, whoever missed out on the squad – I’d like to mention them too.”

  • 12:34 AM IST

    What a journey it has been!

  • 12:33 AM IST

    Kane Williamson, the runners-up captain: “We were thinking about the overheads. We thought runs on the board – we would have liked 10-20 more. But in a World Cup final this was a competitive total. The bowlers really put the batsmen under pressure. It had to go down to the last ball, and then the last ball of the next little match, but a great match all round. It was a shame that the ball hit Stokes’ bat, but I just hope it doesn’t happen in moments like that. I don’t wish to nitpick, just hope it never happens in such moments ever again. The left-hand right-hand combination was useful in the superover, looking at the short boundary, but it’s unfair to critique a match fought with such small margins.”

  • 12:30 AM IST

    Kane Williamson: “It certainly wasn’t one extra run. There were so many moments that could’ve gone either way, but congratulations to England – they’ve had an incredible campaign and they deserve it. The pitches have been different to what was expected. No 300+ totals as expected. The NZ side showed a great amount of heart to get us to this point, but it just wasn’t meant to be. The guys are shattered at the moment – it is devastating. It’s pretty tough to swallow at this stage. But a fantastic effort from our guys.”

  • 12:28 AM IST

    Kane Williamson is the Player of the Tournament with 578 runs

  • 12:27 AM IST

    Ben Stokes: “Pretty good innit? I’m pretty lost for words. All the hardwork that’s gone on in these four years, and to execute with such a good game is unthinkable. Thanks to everyone for all the support. We just kept talking during the partnership with Jos, and the run-rate wasn’t getting away, and in the last over when the ball hit the bat and went for four – I apologize to Kane for that. I definitely wasn’t going to bowl the last over (laughs). It’s fantastic, without the lads, the family, and the support, it’s just been incredible.”

  • 12:24 AM IST

    Ben Stokes is the Player of the Match

  • 12:23 AM IST

    Time for the presentations

  • 12:23 AM IST

    Jofra Archer: “Pretty sure I was going to bowl it. Just had a double-check with Morgs. Still racing (heartbeat). Probably the biggest thing (in his life). The way the guys started in this tournament from the beginning, would’ve been disappointing not to win. They’ve been a family to me.”

  • 12:22 AM IST

    Liam Plunkett: “I’ll take that. What a day. Hasn’t sunk in yet. What a finish that was. Hats off to the Kiwi boys. Wanted to get to the other end, get Stokesy in. Still had batters towards the end. As Root said, felt like it would happen for us.”

  • 12:21 AM IST

    The World Cup final in pictures

  • 12:21 AM IST

    Some few player reactions, first up from Jos Buttler: “Unbelievable. Thought you’ve seen everything in cricket. That was ridiculous. Hard to put into words, what an unbelievable game. Wanted to take it deep. Didn’t feel the run rate would be an issue if we (Stokes and him) stayed till the end. Just wanted to get a partnership going. Don’t know what happened. Unbelievable.”

  • 12:19 AM IST


  • 12:19 AM IST

    Few more reactions

  • 12:17 AM IST

    Unbelievable scenes at Lord’s

  • 12:17 AM IST

    That final moment!

  • 12:16 AM IST

    Gautam Gambhir’s reaction is a bit interesting!

  • 12:14 AM IST

    Those winning moments!

  • 12:13 AM IST

    Jofra Archer, remember the name!

  • 12:12 AM IST


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  • 12:00 AM IST


  • 11:59 PM IST

    NZ need 2 from 1

  • 11:58 PM IST

    Ball 5: Archer to Neesham, 1 run

  • 11:58 PM IST

    New Zealand need 3 from 2 balls

  • 11:57 PM IST

    New Zealand need 5 from 3

  • 11:57 PM IST

    Ball 4: Archer to Neesham, 2 runs

England vs New Zealand cricket world cup 2019 final

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, London to be played today.

Match Preview

Two teams, two captains, one prize. The biggest prize. The Cricket World Cup. If on May 30, 2019, people had said that the final of the World Cup 2019 would be between England and New Zealand, they were probably kidding. England, perhaps. But New Zealand?

At best, people foresaw them reaching the semi-finals, but they’ve managed to surpass that hurdle, beating India, the No. 1 side in the world to reach the final of the pinnacle event, need not forget, for the second year in a row. Few gave them a chance. They have been flying under the radar ever since they arrived, although just when they caught attention by remaining unbeaten after the first six games, Kane Williamson and his men endured three bumps along the way.

The bottom line is that they are here, on the cusp of history, a new dawn, a new beginning. With them is another side that attracted doubters. England went from being World Cup favourites to World Cup hopefuls to favourites again in a matter of one week. What a beating they dished out to Australia – a team that has dominated World Cups. They have been nicest cricket team with the nicest bunch of players. Will the nice guys finish first?

It was even more special because not too long ago at Lord’s, they had abjectly surrendered. But call it whatever you may – Michael Vaughan’s incinerating comments, the impact of Jason Roy at the top or simply that they have been the most consistent team since 2015 – Eoin Morgan and England are on the verge of banishing demons of the last 20 years of disappointments and heartbreaks.

From the 1999 edition, only two teams have won the World Cup. New Zealand and England knocked out both. Between them, England and New Zealand have just two ICC trophies – the Champions Trophy 2000 and the World T20 2010. What takes the cake is guarantee of a fresh World Cup winner. The games deserves it.

As captains both Morgan and Williamson have been inspirational, in their own different ways. A win for New Zealand will means a victory against all odds. A victory for England will be one that is long overdue. Just think about the individual battles. Joe Root v Kane Williamson. Jason Roy v Trent Boult. Ross Taylor v Ben Stokes. Jofra Archer v Lockie Ferguson. Remain free and savour the moment.

Two teams full of promise and shades of brilliance, here is New Zealand and England’s opportunity to embed themselves of their rich-cricketing folklore forever.