It was not decided by the barest of margins perhaps, but the drama was incredible, the tension was high and the difference between the two sides minimal in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, as it was on that evening at Lord’s in July 2019. This time around, with an entire over to spare and no extra time needed, New Zealand had sealed the deal against England. Delight for Black Caps. Heartbreak for Eoin Morgan’s men.

In the immediate aftermath, two photos quickly captured all the attention. The first, was the winning moment in the New Zealand dugout. The live broadcast showed scenes of joy, with even Kane Williamson managing to break into a smile, delayed as it was, standing up and applauding the efforts. In the background, we could see Jimmy Neesham slowly getting up from his chair and given a hug from someone behind him.

But, as is often the case, a photograph of that moment, frozen in time, gave a better picture of what had transpired. While nearly everyone erupted in joy, Williamson was still seated even while at least carrying a sense of relief but for Neesham, it was different. A blank stare into the distance.


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