England make history; win their maiden World Cup after a tied Super Over

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World Cup 2019 final, England vs New Zealand: Team England make history as they win their first-ever World Cup on account of the number of boundaries after a tied Super Over.


WORLD CUP 2019 FINAL: NEW ZEALAND VS ENGLAND SCORECARD

England: 241-10 in 50 overs | Won Super Over on boundaries count

Ben Stokes: 84(98) | James Neesham: 3-43 | Lockie Ferguson: 3-50

New Zealand: 241-8 in 50 overs 

Henry Nichols: 55(77) | Chris Woakes: 3-37 | Liam Plunkett: 3-42

SUPER OVER:

England: 15-0 | 3 1 4 1 2 4 

New Zealand: 15-1 | 2 6 2 2 1 1W 

Player of the Match: Ben Stokes

Player of the Series: Kane Williamson


MATCH SUMMARY:

World Cup 2019 final, England vs New Zealand: We have never witnessed, nor we would ever witness a thrilling final like this where a championship gets decided on the basis of the number of boundaries scored after a tied Super Over.

After a tied match, it was all down to the last ball of the Super Over, where New Zealand required 2 runs to clinch a thrilling win. However, England displayed nerves of steel as they produced a magical run-out of Martin Guptill while attempting the second run to win the tied Super Over match on the basis of the total number of boundaries being scored. 

Batting first, New Zealand’s batting fiasco, which has been at display throughout the World Cup continued this time too. Martin Guptill looked positive at the start, but played a poor shot to an inswinger from Chris Woakes; thus ending his bizarre run at World Cup 2019. 

Williamson and Nichols did steady New Zealand’s ship to 103-1 after 22.3 overs, but once Williamson got out, Liam Plunkett and Chis Woakes rattled New Zealand’s batting.

However, Tom Latham played a helping hand in his 47(56) as New Zealand somehow reached a defendable score of 241-8 in 50 overs. 

THE CHASE

240 wasn’t a big target to chase, but World Cup final, runs on the board was always going to test the strong batting lineup of England.

Surprisingly, England’s solid top-order didn’t contribute the way they would have wanted as Roy, Bairstow, Root, and Morgan fell on 17(20), 36(55), 7(30), and 9(22) respectively; thus finding themselves reeling at 86-4 after 23.1 overs.  

That’s when, England’s most dependable finisher, Ben Stokes played possibly the knock of his life as he stitched a match-winning partnership of 110 runs along with Jos Buttler. 

With 46 needed from 32 balls, the match was almost in control of England, but Jos Buttler played an over-aggressive shot to throw his wicket away.

New Zealand sensed an opening, but Ben Stokes kept his nerves to take the game to the last over with another 15 needed from it. 

After 2 successive dots, Ben Stokes hit Trent Boult for a six, and then while attempting a second run on the fourth ball, the ball hit Ben Stokes, and a deflection went for 4 overthrows. This was the game-changing moment of the match, and an indication that England were destined to win the tournament. 

With 2 needed off the last ball, Stokes could only manage 1 as Mark Wood was run-out at the other end; thus taking the game to the Super Over. 

SUPER OVER:

So, after 46 days of grueling cricket, it all came down to the Super Over that was to decide the fate of these two brilliant teams. 

England batted first in the Super Over as Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler managed to score 15 runs off Trent Boult. 

Defending 15, New Zealand were almost there until the last ball as James Neesham managed 14 runs off Jofra Archer’s first 5 balls.

Guptill, however, could only manage 1 run off the last ball as he was run out while attempting the second run; thus ending the Super Over too in a tie. 

How harsh the rule may be, on account of scoring the maximum number of boundaries, England were crowned World Champions for the first time.

CRUCIAL MOMENTS:

  • England’s fantastic review for Kane Williamson’s caught behind in the 23rd over.
  • Mark Wood’s ripper to dismiss Ross Taylor, which was actually not-out.
  • Eoin Morgan’s poor shot in the 24th over off James Neesham, but a brilliant catch by Lockie Ferguson.
  • Joss Buttler’s over-aggressive shot, and Tim Southee’s fantastic catch in the 45th over. 
  • Trent Boult taking a sublime catch of Ben Stokes, but touching the ropes in the process. 
  • An unfortunate over-throw off a deflection of Ben Stokes body that cost New Zealand extra four runs in the 50th over. 

TWITTER REACTIONS:

After witnessing the most dramatic finale, Twitter couldn’t keep calm too. Here are some of the best Twitter reactions of the most thrilling World Cup final.

 

 


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