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Williamson, Nicholls in control as NZ build solid platform

Published : Sunday, 14 July, 2019 at 5:22 PM  Count : 276

 Williamson sends one for four. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Williamson sends one for four. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Chris Woakes has struck for England and he has got the wicket of Martin Guptill. Length ball nips back in and traps Guptill right in front.

New Zealand were looking good and England have got the wicket.

Earlier, Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first under cloudy skies in the World Cup final at Lord's on Sunday. Both sides went in unchanged for the summit clash.

NDTV adds: England removed opener Martin Guptill as New Zealand struggled to 33-1 off the first 10 overs.

A green-tinged pitch also promised to give England's pacemen some early assistance in a match where both sides were looking to win the World Cup for the first time.

"It's a tough decision -- it's a bat first surface but if you look above, it adds confusion," Williamson said at the toss.

New Zealand opener Henry Nicholls was still on nought when given out lbw to Chris Woakes, who had started the match with a wide.

Early morning showers meant the start of play was pushed back until 10:45 am (0945 GMT). England have been in the final three times but have never won the trophy while New Zealand were beaten finalists in 2015.

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