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Liam Plunkett shines for England as New Zealand dig in at Lord’s

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Liam Plunkett was the pick of England’s bowlers as his destructive second spell helped limit New Zealand to 241-8 in the cricket World Cup final at Lord’s.

The Surrey bowler ended with figures of 3-40 off his 10 overs – claiming the important wickets of Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson (30) and Henry Nicholls (55) in the space of 14 balls.

New Zealand's Henry Nicholls celebrates his half century

Image: Henry Nicholls top-scored for the Black Caps

Plunkett also took the wicket of the dangerous all-rounder Jimmy Neesham (19).

Chris Woakes added to his impressive tally with another three scalps (3-37) – with Jofra Archer and Mark Wood chipping in.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson (left) in batting action as England's wicketkeeper Jos Buttler looks on

Image: New Zealand’s Kane Williamsonon his way to 30

Tom Latham hit 46 off 57 balls as the Black Caps managed to make 62 runs off the final 10 overs.

However, New Zealand, who are also seeking their first 50-over World Cup title, have proved adept at defending relatively small totals in this tournament and Lord’s isn’t known for its heavy scoring in ODIs.

England's Chris Woakes celebrates taking the wicket of Martin Guptill

Image: Woakes celebrates taking the wicket of Martin Guptill

In the semi-finals, India failed to chase down 240 against the Kiwis in Manchester.

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