LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Cricket World Cup final (all times local):
England has seized the initiative in the Cricket World Cup final after Liam Plunkett took the wickets of Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls in the space of 14 balls.
New Zealand was 126-3 after 30 overs and being pegged back by England at Lord’s.
Having removed Williamson to end a 71-run stand for the second wicket, Plunkett — the most understated player in England’s lineup — drew a drive from Nicholls off an inswinging delivery and the left-handed opener got an inside edge that clipped the bails.
Nicholls departed for 55, his highest score of the tournament and his ninth half-century in 43 innings.
Ross Taylor was on 9 and Tom Latham on 5.
England has got the big wicket of Kane Williamson.
The New Zealand captain went after a wide delivery from Liam Plunkett and edged it behind to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for 30.
Umpire Kumar Dharmasena didn’t give it, England reviewed, and the replay showed Williamson got a nick.
New Zealand is 103-2 in the 23rd over.
The opening powerplay is over in the Cricket World Cup final, and Kane Williamson is already in the middle for New Zealand.
The Black Caps’ opening partnership again failed to survive the first 10 overs as Martin Guptill was trapped lbw by Chris Woakes for 19 after 6.2 overs.
New Zealand was 33-1, with captain Williamson on 1 and opener Henry Nicholls on 10.
Nicholls, on 0 at the time, successfully appealed an lbw decision off the bowling of Jofra Archer in the third over. Replays showed the ball was going over the stumps.
Guptill hit an uppercut for six and a straight four, both off Archer, before he burnt New Zealand’s review.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has won the toss and chosen to bat first against England under cloudy, threatening skies at Lord’s.
England captain Eoin Morgan said it would have been a “50/50 call” and was “not at all” disappointed to be bowling first.
Both teams are unchanged from the semifinals.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.
England: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.
The start of the final has been delayed by 15 minutes because of the early-morning rain.
Play is now scheduled to begin at 10.45 a.m. local time. The toss is at 10.15 a.m.
There will be a first-time winner of the Cricket World Cup trophy when England takes on New Zealand in the final at Lord’s on Sunday.
England is in the title match for the fourth time, and the first since 1992, while New Zealand is playing in a second final, after losing to Australia in 2015.
After some early-morning rain, the covers are off at the home of cricket, revealing a green-looking pitch. World Cup finals tend to be low-scoring matches and this is likely to be no exception, if previous matches at Lord’s are anything to go by.
England starts as the favorite, having been the top-ranked one-day side for the past year and beaten India, New Zealand and then Australia — in the semifinals — in its last three games this tournament.
New Zealand, No. 3 in the ODI rankings, defeated India in the semifinals and should be better for its experience of the final four years ago.
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