The hearts are still running at a rate higher than the normal and cricket fans can’t believe what they just witnessed. England lifts the world cup and no one can deny that the kiwis didn’t give a tough fight. This match for sure will be etched in the history of the sport for being the most exciting final ever. The English side might be lifting the cup but no one can deny that this match had two champions and New Zealand stood nowhere less than the English team.
It started off with the kiwis batting first. Martin Guptill got out at 19(18) at the hands of Chris Woakes while Henry Nicholls went on to score a half-century-55 of 77 balls. Kane Williamson’s contribution of 30 that came of 53 deliveries was considerably slow. No one other than Tom Latham, who scored 47 of 56 balls, was able to pinch in a considerable amount of runs. Woakes and Liam Plunkett get the credit for stopping the other side from putting up a big total on the scoreboard. Both of them took 3 wickets each giving away just 37 and 42 runs respectively. New Zealand put up a total of 241/8 runs for England to chase in 50 overs.
Initially, the total did not seem threatening at all but the game got so intense that at a point even 241 looked like an impossible dream for the English side and all thanks to New Zealand’s bowlers. With Jason Roy getting out at 17(20) and Jonny Bairstow returning back at 36(55). England surely missed their openers. Joe Root’s early dismissal at just 7 of 30 balls cost England a lot as Root despite taking a lot of time didn’t make much of a difference. Ben Stokes’ 84 of 98 (5 fours and 2 sixes) was the lifesaver for the England cricket team along with Jos Buttler’s 59 in 60 deliveries.
Buttler’s dismissal at the hands of Lockie Ferguson did put the team in a tight spot as there were still 46 runs to be scored to secure a win. Kiwis took away 5 wickets in next 5 overs with Jimmy Neesham being the key player taking 2 wickets in the death overs and giving a hand in Mark Wood’s run out. In the last over Kiwis made a fielding mistake under pressure which cost them 4 extra runs on the scoreboard. It can be called the moment of the match as Stokes ran for 2 when a throw from the deep directly hit his bat and went on to cross the boundary for 4 runs and a total of 6 runs was scored in that ball.
England needed 3 from 2 balls and Stokes took a single in the next ball. At 2 required of 1, Adil Rashid got out coming back for two. It was still 2 for 1 Stoakes tried to steal the second run but Wood wasn’t able to reach on time and got run out.
The super over
The scored got tied up and the match went into the super over. Despite a game of total 100 overs being played the tournament still didn’t have a champion. The super over was nothing less than a treat to watch. England went to bat first with Stoakes and Buttler while Trent Boult bowled the super over. Stoakes took away 3 runs at the first delivery while the next ball gave just a single run to Buttler. The third ball was hit for four runs by Ben Stoakes while he ran for a single on the next. The fifth one gave away a single and the last delivery was hit for a four by Buttler. England scored a total of 15 runs and the kiwis required 16 to win the world cup.
Neesham and Guptill took off for New Zealand, being a left and right combination. The funniest and saddest thing happened at the same time as the first delivery ended up being a wide while 2 runs were stolen on the next one. Neesham hit the next ball for a 6 and 5 were required from 3 balls. 2 runs were scored on each of the next 2 balls and it was 3 required from 2. The exact same situation as England was in the last over during the chase. 1 run came from the next ball and kiwis needed 2 of 1 ball, it was as if England’s last over of the case was being repeated. And funnily the same thing happened Guptill got run out when Neesham ran away for the second and the super over tied up too. CAN YOU ALL IMAGINE THE DESPAIR? CAUSE I CAN!!! England won the super over despite the runs being tied up as they had scored more number of boundaries.
But the saddest part of it all was the gloom of loss on the New Zealand cricket team. They didn’t win the cup but they surely didn’t lose it.
Kane Williamson was awarded the player of the tournament award. Fans have been outrageous post- the match but well the decision was taken according to the rules and no one can question that. Let’s wait for the next world cup, it’s just 4 years away.
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