While commentating during the first T20I between New Zealand and England, former England captain Nasser Hussain took a jibe at Simon Doull over the host's loss to England in the final of the World Cup 2019.
Hussain said cheekily that it was good to see Kiwi sports fans still smiling after recent events indicating at their losses in ICC Cricket World Cup final and Rugby World Cup semi-final by England. His comment backfired with Doull's witty comeback when he said that at least they were outplayed in the Rugby World Cup.
To give context, England and New Zealand share a rich history of rivalry in sports. In July, England were crowned world champions despite having tied the Super Over against New Zealand in a nail-biting World Cup 2019 final at Lord's. That was the first time a Super Over was used in a 50-over World Cup final. Chasing 16 in the Super Over, New Zealand managed 15 but England won because they scored more boundaries in the match and in the Super Over.
Ben Stokes had starred with an unbeaten 84 but his heroics were not enough as New Zealand held on to a thrilling tie. Lockie Ferguson and James Neesham bagged some important wickets at the death while Trent Boult gave away 14 runs in the final over when England needed 15.
England sent in Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler against Trent Boult in the Super Over, and the pair managed to score 15 runs. Jofra Archer was England's bowler for the super over and did an exceptional job, restricting the Kiwis to 15 to trigger massive celebrations in the stadium and all around the United Kingdom.
There was a lot of chatter and controversy around the boundaries rule which helped England edge past New Zealand to lift the World Cup 2019 because New Zealand played equally well and deserved the trophy. This match has gone down as one of the most memorable matches in ODI history and added another chapter to their fierce rivalry.