What an incredible day for the game of cricket? Two top-quality teams delivered the absolute thrilled to put fans on edge of their seats before taking the game to super-over. Meanwhile, the Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson sheds light on the tough loss.
n a dramatic end to the Wolrd 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 dreams to come true. But New Zealand managed to score only 15 as England won on the basis of the number of boundaries each team had hit during the match.
Ben Stokes had starred with an unbeaten 84 but his heroics were not enough as New Zealand held on to a thrilling tie. Lockie Ferguson and James Neesham struck crucial blows at the death while Trent Boult conceded 14 in the final over when England needed 15 to win the title clash without having to go to the Super Over.
Ball hitting Ben Stokes’ bat was a shame – Kane Williamson
In the Super Over, England sent in Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to face Trent Boult and the pair managed 15 runs. Jofra Archer bowled the Super Over for England and did an excellent job, restricting the Kiwis to 15 to trigger massive celebrations in the stadium and all around the United Kingdom.
”We were thinking about overheads. We thought runs on the board – 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. 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,” Kane Williamson said.
”It was a shame that the ball hit Stokes’ bat, but I just hope it doesn’t happen in moments like that. I don’t wish to nitpick, just hope it never happens in such moments ever again. The left-hand right-hand combination was useful in the super over, looking at the short boundary, but it’s unfair to critique a match fought with such small margins,” he added.
All in all, this one has to go down as one of the best finals in the history of Cricket World Cups. Both teams played high attrition cricket on a pitch where run-making was not always easy.