Like the distraught Martin Guptill, New Zealand needed consoling after the agonisingly close Cricket World Cup final yesterday.

Guptill, who batted twice in the final — just one of many twists and turns in a memorable encounter — seemed crestfallen that he had failed to punch that last ball of the super over through the circle of England players.

A super over, cricket's answer to a penalty shootout. Who knew about them before this thrilling contest?


In the end Guptill missed his ground by the narrowest of margins and was run out by the length of his bat. For