In the mega final of ICC Cricket World cup 2019, England defeated New Zealand in the super over to lift their maiden World cup trophy at the Lord’s cricket stadium here on Sunday!
The final which featured Kiwis and the hosts England at cricket ‘Mecca’ Lord’s lived up to the hype and expectations with several turns and twists. With 242 runs to chase, England went on to match the same total posted by New Zealand and went into the final super over.
In the history of the cricket, World cup witnessed the first-ever super over in the final match where hosts England managed to defeat the Kiwis and crowned as the World champions for the first time in cricket history.
New Zealand, after winning the toss went on to select to bat first and posted a moderate total of 241 for eight wickets. In reply to New Zealand’s 241, England ended on the same score leading to super over for the first time in a World cup final match.
As per ICC rules, whoever bats first in the match, they need to bat second in the super over. In the super over, England team batted first and openers Stokes and Buttler made 15 runs from Boult’s over. On the other hand, the New Zealand team also ended on the same score with the loss of one wicket. However, the England team was declared as the winner as per boundary count in the match.
It was nothing less than a thriller as the contest kept tilting in favour of New Zealand and England throughout the final overs of the match, but eventually it was hosts England whose 44-year-long dream ended in a Super Over, that too, on boundary count as they had 22 fours and two sixes compared to New Zealand’s 16.
It was arguably one of the greatest ODI of all time and will be remained forever in the history books of cricket. And undoubtedly, all-rounder Stokes was the man of the show. After England was down to 71-3, this man produced a memorable unbeaten knock of 84 to force the match go into the super over. In the super over, he struck a boundary to set the target of 16 runs to the Kiwis.
It was one of the memorable performances for England as they had bounced back strongly from a humiliating exit in group stages in the 2011 and 2015 World cups at the hands of Bangladesh.
But this matches remained as controversial when the ball hit Stokes bat and ran to the boundary in the final over. However, Stokes apologized for the Kiwis captain Williamson for the incident.
Stokes said, “In the last over when the ball hit the bat and went for four, it’s not exactly what you ask for.”
“I’ve apologized to Kane countless times about that. It’s not exactly how you want to do it. Moments like that is what you live for as a professional cricketer. All the hard work over that four years to get here and we’re champions of the world. It’s an amazing feeling,” Stokes said.