In the grand finale of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (CWC 19)
, England cricket team defeated New Zealand cricket team in the Super Over thriller
and became champions of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
to lift their maiden World Cup title
at The Lord's cricket stadium
in London on Sunday.
Both England and New Zealand scored 241 runs in their 50 overs, the match went to Super Over where both teams scored 15 runs but England won due to a higher number of boundaries.
Batting first after winning the toss, New Zealand posted 241/8 in 50 overs in reply to which, England ended the same score leading to the one-over eliminator at the Lord's.
In the super over, England batted first and the duo of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler made 15 runs, and New Zealand also ended at the same score but for the loss of one wicket, paving the way for an English victory on boundary count.
In the dramatic end to the World cup finals, England defeated New Zealand with more number of boundaries to lift the coveted trophy for the first time at Lord's. As the 50-over clash ended in a tie, the match entered Super Over. England scored 15 off the six balls and New Zealand had to score 16 to get their World Cup dream come true. But New Zealand managed to score only 15 as England won the on the basis of the number of boundaries each team had hit during the match.
England triumphed in the end, not because New Zealand were less talented. Both teams ended up equals, not once, but twice. First, in the regular game, then in the Super Over. But England had scored boundaries as compared to New Zealand. The England cricket team scored 26 boundaries and New Zealand scored 17 boundaries which are less as compared to England cricket team, So England won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and Creates History.
Brief scores: New Zealand: 241/8 in 50 overs (Henry Nicholls 55, Tom Latham 47; Liam Plunkett 3/42 Woakes 3/37); England:241 all out in 50 overs (Ben Strokes 84 *, Jos Buttler 59; Lockie Ferguson 3/50).
We were thinking about the overhead conditions. The pitch was on the drier side. We thought runs on the board would be a good option. We would have liked 10-20 more. But in a World Cup Final, this was a competitive total. The bowlers really put the batsmen under pressure on a tough surface. Both the teams showed a lot of fight. It had to go down to the last ball, and then the last ball of the next little match, but a great match all around. A lot of positives for us as well. It was a shame that the ball hit stokes' bat, but I just hope it doesn't happen in the moments like that. Unfortunately, that sort of thing happens from time to time.
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