Cup final a whole new ballgame for NZ

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 12 Jul 2019

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson insists the fact his side lost to potential Cricket World Cup final opponents Australia and England earlier in the tournament would have no bearing on Sunday's showpiece match at Lord's.

The Black Caps, who only reached the last four on net run-rate, upset the odds to beat group table-toppers India by 18 runs in a dramatic semi-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

And after what New Zealand media quickly dubbed 'The Manchester Miracle,' Williamson insisted the 2015 runners-up had every chance of going one better and winning their first World Cup title.

Williamson is confident despite an 86-run defeat by Australia - the team that beat New Zealand in the final four years ago - and a 119-run loss to England in the initial 10-team group stage.

"We'll go into another match and try to implement similar things that are important to our side, that gives us the best chance of success," Williamson said. "It's important that feet are on the ground and we look forward to that challenge."

India captain Virat Kohli, meanwhile, urged frustrated fans not to get emotional after their shock semi-final defeat "Yes, disappointment is there in a loss but don't take it to extreme," Kohli said.

Kohli admitted India had paid the price for "45 minutes of bad cricket" against the Blacks Caps.

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