England World Champions winning super over
England emerged as the new World Champions beating New Zealand in the super over in the grand finale of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Home of Cricket, the Lord's on Sunday.
New Zealand thereby, remained chokers losing today. They played six World Cup semifinals and two final including this one but still remained cup-less. England on the contrary, were defeated in World Cup finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992. They qualified in a World Cup final after 27 years Saturday and kept the trophy at their home.
Australia upheld the trophies five times in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015. West Indies were the champions of first two editions in 1975 and 1979. India also homed the World Trophy twice in 1983 and 2011 respectively. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the rest two proud nations to become champions in 1992 and 1996 respectively. South Africa and Bangladesh among top nine sides never played a World Cup final.
Earlier in the morning, New Zealand elected to bat first and were able to put a fighting total of 241 runs on the board losing eight wickets against fiery spell from host pacers. Off -form opener Henry Nicholls was the top scorer for Kiwis with 55 runs, who collected 37 from his previous three World Cup matches. Twin Balckcaps batting rescuer across the tournament Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were below their standard in the final. Williamson went for 30 while Taylor collected 15 runs.
Martin Guptill once again failed to justify his name and went for 19 only. Thankful 47-contribution of wicketkeeper Tom Latham alongside James Neesham's 19 and Colin de Grandhomme's 16 in the late-middle order were handy to find a respectable total. English pacers shared all eight New Zealand wickets. Chris Woakes and Liam Plunket scalped three wickets each while Jofra Archer and Mark Wood took one piece each.
To defend mediocre 241, New Zealand pacers continue their domination over opponent batters. Matt Henry gave the initial breakthrough to pick up danger man Jason Roy. Roy collected 17 before being caught by Tom Latham behind the wickets. Jonny Bairstow got 36 runs but the English men in-form Joe Root and Eoin Morgan went cheaply as England started to struggle to stay in the match losing four wickets to gather 86 runs only. The mightiest bowling unit in the world claimed wickets in regular intervals. Grandhomme preyed one but for 25 runs only from his 10-over spell.
The last English recognised batting pair combining Jos Butler and Benn Stokes showed hosts the shiny path and kept the hommies in the race. They stood much needed 110 runs' fifth wicket-stand before Butler went dug out after carrying bat for 59 from 60 facings. But Stokes was on the money to keep his side in the game till last ball. The fate of the game changed like pendulum in every over and both the teams were in the match till ball. England were bowled out for 241 in the last ball of the game to tie with New Zealand by virtue of double gifts from guests.
Boult caught Stokes at mid-wicket boundary but landed on the rope to gift six instead of claiming a wicket while Guptill's direct hit found the rope and players crossed 22-yards twice that added six runs in English willow as come closer. England needed three from last two deliveries but attempt to convert singles into double resulted two run outs to end English innings at a tie and the matched rolled to a 'super over'.
New Zealand kept hope on Bout to deliver the super over and England sent Jos Buttler with Ben Stokes to face the tie-breaking over. England collected 15 runs from the over. What a World Cup final! Tie-breaker also tied and England won the title since they hit two fours in super over while New Zealand played one over boundary shot.
Ben Stokes of England, the Man of the Match, for his hectic batting while Kane Williamson adjudged the Player of the Tournament for his 578 runs and leading his side from the front.