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'Can't stick my finger on where the final was won and lost' – Eoin Morgan

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Eoin Morgan, the England captain, is still struggling to come to terms with the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 final, when England emerged victorious over New Zealand on boundary count.

In one of cricket's greatest ever finishes, England and New Zealand competed 100 overs, only to find themselves tied. Even the Super Over couldn't separate them, and it was on the basis of having hit more boundaries that England lifted the trophy.

Morgan was as delighted as anyone at winning the much-coveted trophy, but the manner in which they triumphed is yet to sink in. "I don't think there was one moment that you could say: 'That actually cost the game there.' It was quite balanced," Morgan told The Times.

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"I'm black and white. I'm normally going: 'I know. I was there, that happened.' [But] I can't stick my finger on where the game was won and lost.

"I spoke to Kane [Williamson] over the last couple of days on numerous occasions, and none of us has come up with a rational explanation as to the various times we gave them the game and they gave it back to us. Like me, he can't get his head around everything."

Despite that, Morgan acknowledged it was the greatest ever cricket match. "By a long way," he said when it was put to him. "I can’t think of a game that’s come close. Madness. I should be cheery about it, shouldn’t I?"

There were moments in the final hour of the game where luck seemed to favour England, including when a throw from Martin Guptill deflected off Ben Stokes and ended up at the fence, crucially reducing England's target.

Morgan is still comprehending that moment. "I'm not sure winning it makes it any easier," he said. "A little bit [troubled], because there's no defining moment that you'd say: 'yes, we thoroughly deserved it.'

"It's just been crazy. It would be more difficult to lose, of course.”

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