England win maiden World Cup after dramatic Super Over

Team England holding world cup trophyPhoto Credit: Twitter ICC

London England became the World Cup champions for the first time in cricket history after defeating New Zealand in a pulsating final which ended in a nail-biting Super Over at Lord’s.

It took them 44 years, but England has finally done it. Neither a tied game, nor a spirited New Zealand could stop England from bringing the trophy home at the Lord’s on Sunday. It finally took a Super Over for England to be crowned winners of the 2019 World Cup.

On Sunday, the Black Caps needed two to win from the final ball but a superb throw from Jason Roy in the deep saw Martin Guptill agonizingly run out, as Kane Williamson’s side finished runners-up for the second successive World Cup. The result of the game was decided on the boundary count in which the Three Lions beat the Kiwis.

Ben Stokes will go down in history as one of England’s best all-rounders. After all, he managed what even the great Ian Botham failed to achieve in Australia in 1992.

England’s Mark Wood being run out off the last-ball of the innings saw the game end in a tie and a Super Over followed. The first-ever Super Over in a World Cup final saw England score 15 runs before the Kiwis also ended on 15, but the hosts won due to more boundaries scored in the game.

Chasing New Zealand’s score of 241/8, the hosts returned home victorious in front of the jam-packed crowd.
Sadly for New Zealand, it was another case of finishing runners-up after their loss to Australia in the 2015 World Cup final. But this time they competed well and it was a game that had the fans on their toes till Buttler and Stokes took the game away with their calculated power hitting.

Earlier, winning the toss and batting first in overcast conditions New Zealand scored 241/8 in their 50 overs. The conditions weren’t most suited for batting, but the Kiwis did well, especially considering the occasion.
After the nail-biting summit clash, sports fraternity congratulated both the teams for their efforts and dubbed the match as the “best white-ball game of all time”.

“That’s the best white ball game of all time! ENGLAND ARE WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS!!” tweeted England pacer Stuart Broad.

“A game that ebbed and flowed from the 1st ball to the 612th! Feel for New Zealand who did everything that England did and still fell short. Congratulations to England,” said legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

“What an amazing match of cricket. Nail biting stuff at an iconic venue. This game will go down as one of the best matches in history.

“Congratulations to England on your maiden World Cup title. Never be down New Zealand, you fought like champions,” said Sir Vivian Richards.

“That’s the best game I’ve ever seen and the last hour was the worst and most nervous I’ve ever felt. WHAT A WIN!!!!! England officially World Cup champions, I feel like crying/singing/dancing/hugging/screaming all at once!!!!” said former England skipper Eoin Morgan.

“Neither team deserved to lose that… What a day for cricket… That is how it inspire a new generation of cricketers…,” tweeted former England captain Michael Vaughan.

“What a contest! Best ever final by a mile. NZ a dive and a leap away from WC glory and England absolutely super in super over and super lucky as well. Ricochet/overthrow overthrew NZ. Couldn’t the Cup been shared!” tweeted cricketer-turned-commentator Ramiz Raza.

“Gonna struggle to sleep after today’s sporting events! What a weekend. Congrats Eoin Morgan and England, fairytale finish at Lord’s,” said former South Africa batter AB de Villiers.

“Congratulations to England on winning the Cricket World Cup. New Zealand were outstanding and never gave up, that deflection over-throw of Stokes being a huge turning point, tragic for New Zealand, so near yet so far but they must be very proud,” tweeted former Indian opener Virender Sehwag.

“What a FINAL… feel bad for New Zealand well done England. Have no words,” said former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardane.

“OH MY GOD! What a match for a World Cup Final. This is as good as a trophy shared. Match tied, super over tied, England wins on more boundaries hit. Wow. Great scenes at Lords,” said former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar.