England scraped past New Zealand in an epic finish on the basis of having a higher boundary count to win their maiden cricket world cup on Sunday. This was after the ICC World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s ended in an incredible tie and the subsequent deciding Super Over also became a tie, which meant England with 26 fours was declared winner with the Kiwis having only 17.
It sure must have been a tense period for all those who were in the top betting sites during the ICC World Cup 2019 final, trying to predict the unpredictable finish!
England, which is credited to have founded the sport, had to wait 44 long years to win the one day cricket world cup. Their victory meant that it was a hat-trick for host nations in winning the world cup with India winning in 2011, Australia winning in 2015 and now England.
Opting to bat first on a greenish wicket, New Zealand posted a similar total that they had put up in the semi finals against India, this time managing slightly better at 241 for 8. Opener Henry Nicholls top scored with 55 from 77 balls while Tom Latham scored a precious 47 from 56 balls towards the end. Skipper Kane Williamson failed for once as he was dismissed for 30.
The English bowling was top class with Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett taking three wickets each. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood sustained the pressure with their express bowling.
In reply, England lost the explosive Jason Roy for 17 in the sixth over. Colin de Grandhomme got one to shape away to force Joe Root to edge him behind as the Kiwis started to make a comeback in the contest.
Jonny Bairstow, who seemed to be settled was done in for pace by Lockie Fergusson, as he chopped one onto his stumps after scoring 36 from 55 balls. Lockie Fergusson came up with a superb forward diving catch on the offside boundary to have the English captain Eoin Morgan dismissed for 9.
New Zealand was on top with the homeside at 86 for 4 in the 24th over. However, the Englishmen managed to fightback with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler putting on an outstanding partnership. However, with the required run rate always climbing, wickets kept falling at regular intervals.
Jos Buttler scored 59 from 60 balls while Ben Stokes almost pulled off things for England with an unbeaten 84 from 98 balls. There was a run out in the last ball of the innings when England needed two runs to win. The match was tied with England bowled out for 241 with Lockie Ferguson and James Neesham taking three wickets each, while Colin de Grandhomme came up with brilliant figures of 10-2-25-1.
The super over was simply too fast to watch with England scoring 15 and New Zealand finishing at the same score with the last ball producing a run out thanks to the combination of Jason Roy and Jos Buttler.
Ben Stokes was the Man of the Match, while New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was awarded the Player of the Tournament prize.