The sides where only separated after a Super Over which saw both teams post 15 runs but the tournament hosts had more boundaries on the board, handing them an incredible victory.
The drama wasn’t without controversy with question marks left over the rules surrounding a tied super over and awarding the win based on boundaries. The outcome left New Zealand rueing a number of missed opportunities and a second consecutive World Cup final loss.
The Black Caps were commended for their sportsmanship despite a number of important decisions going against them.
The first of those came in the New Zealand innings after they won the toss and elected to bat. Veteran Ross Taylor was left without a review after opener Martin Guptill sent his early lbw shout upstairs. When Taylor was trapped in front himself by Mark Wood, replays showed that the ball was going over the top of the stumps.