England lift the World Cup after epic final

   By Power Corridors ,  15-Jul-2019
England lift the World Cup after epic final

England are the new World Champions after 'not' defeating New Zealand in the finals

In a day of extraordinary events taking place all over the world, both England and New Zealand were not separated even after 102 overs of cricket and the winner was decided on the basis of most boundaries being hit. England were playing their 4th World Cup final on Sunday. They had played the first World Cup final in 1975, 1987 and 1992 failing to win on either occasion.

Winning the toss, New Zealand opted to bat first but England started beautifully with the ball. Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer were outstanding in the start, getting the wicket of Martin Guptill after a second review was taken which was given out. It was slow going for Nicholls and Williamson but the pair put on 74 for the second wicket steading the innings in the process. Liam Plunkett struck in the 23rd over to give England the big breakthrough of Kane Williamson then struck again in the 27th over to send back Nicholls to put England ahead in the match. In the end a timely knock of 47 from Tom Latham got New Zealand to 241 but it seemed like England's game.

Chasing 242, England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got off to a shaky start before Matt Henry removed Roy for 17 in the 16th over. Joe Root never looked settled and the pressure of a run chase in a World Cup final got the better of him and he was undone by Colin de Grandhomme, edging him to Tom Latham. Wickets kept falling and England were soon 4 down before Stokes and Buttler provided the much needed resistance to the hosts. Both took England closer to the target before Buttler fell leaving a twist in the end. 

England were finally left to get 15 off the last over before Boult bowled two dot balls but then Stokes hit a six off the third ball before England got 6 lucky runs. With 2 needed off the last ball, Mark Wood was run out when Stokes called for 2. Scores were tied at 241 and this became the first ever 50-over World Cup where the champions were decided via a Super Over. 

Both teams managed to get exactly 15 runs in the Super Over but England were declared the winners because they had maximum no. of boundaries throughout the match. Ben Stokes was given the Player of the Match while Kane Williamson was the Player of the Series.