England beat New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final to become the world champions for the first time and create history as well. The match was a thriller one as it went to the super over. Then the super over was also a tie and so England won by the boundaries count. They had hit 26 boundaries whereas New Zealand had hit 17. New Zealand could have won the match in the final over but unfortunately a throw at the stumps to get Ben Stokes out went to the boundary. He unintentionally touched the ball with the bat and so it went to the boundary costing 4 crucial runs to the Kiwis. However, New Zealand won hearts all over the world.
The Kiwis set a challenging total for England
After winning the toss, Kane Williamson decided to bat first. New Zealand lost an early wicket just with 29 runs on the board. It was the out of form batsman, Martin Guptill who got out on 19 through lbw. Then there was a good 74 run partnership between Williamson and Nicholls. Kane got out on 30 by nicking a ball to Jos Buttler who didn’t make any mistake behind the stumps. It was a big wicket for England and a turning point in the innings as well. Henry Nicholls played an amazing knock of 55 off 77 balls after which he was bowled by a beauty from Plunkett.
Then there was lack of partnerships for New Zealand and so they couldn’t cross the 250 mark which was looking possible at the start of the innings. Nobody except Tom Latham could score some big runs to help the team to reach a big total. Latham scored a fine 47 off 56 balls and was caught at mid-off by Vince. Ross Taylor who had a big job in his hands could only manage to score 15 runs. They scored 241 runs in their 50 overs. Jofra Archer bowled incredibly well at the end of the innings. He bowled 5 overs at the death and gave away just 22 runs picking up a wicket too. Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes picked 3 wickets each. Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers as he got the golden wicket of Williamson and provided a much-needed breakthrough.
Ben Stokes becomes a national hero
England had a poor start to their innings. They lost Jason Roy and Joe Root early. Roy had nicked a ball bowled by Matt Henry to Latham who completed a simple catch. The key wicket of Root was picked up by the part-time bowler Colin de Grandhomme. Root went on to hit a very wide outside off stump ball and eventually edged it to Latham. Bairstow was looking good on 36 until he chopped onto the stumps a ball bowled by Lockie Ferguson. Then the skipper Eoin Morgan got out on 9 through a spectacular catch by Ferguson at covers. He ran at a speed of 21 km/hr to complete the catch. England was reeling at 86 for 4 and was in need of a big partnership. Stokes and Buttler rescued England from there on.
There was a huge 110 run partnership between Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. Buttler scored a quick fire 59 off 60 deliveries and was caught brilliantly by Tim Southee getting the Kiwis back in the match. Stokes single-handedly took the match to the final over where England required 15 runs to win. There was a lot of drama in that over. A throw to get Stokes run out went to the boundary and cost 4 extra runs to the Kiwis. If the ball had not gone to the boundary then the scenario might have been different. They required 2 runs off the final ball on which Mark Wood got run out and the match was a tie.
An Exciting Super Over
The match went on to a super over. As per the rules, England had to bat first and they scored 15 runs in the over. New Zealand had to score 16 runs to lift the World Cup for the first time. It looked like they were going to win it as James Neesham hit a massive six on the 2nd ball of the over. The equation was again down to 2 runs off the final ball. Then Guptill got run out on that ball and so the super over was also a tie. England won on the boundaries count. They had hit 26 boundaries in the match including the super over whereas the Kiwis had hit 17. The Kiwis were unlucky but they won our hearts. England scripted history and became the world champions for the first time. It was truly the best final ever played in the World Cup.
Here are the highlights of the match –