Although England is called the father of cricket, this team had to wait for 34 years to become the world champion team in ODI. Exactly three years ago i.e. on 14 July 2019, England had fulfilled their dream of winning the ODI World Cup. So the cricket world also got a new world champion team. The final between England and New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup is also counted among the most thrilling matches.
Three years ago, the 2019 World Cup final between England and New Zealand was tied after 50 overs each. Interestingly, the Super Over that followed was also a draw. Hence, England was declared the winner according to the boundary count rule, while New Zealand, however, had to settle for the runner-up position despite being undefeated.
New Zealand bat first
In this match, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first. Batting first, New Zealand lost the wicket of Martin Guptill early. But then captain Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls put on a 74-run partnership for the second wicket. But Liam Plunkett broke the pair by dismissing Williamson for 30 runs. So, Nicholls was also dismissed after scoring 55 runs at times.
But Tom Latham partnered Jimmy Neesham (19), Colin de Grandhomme (16) to take New Zealand to 230 runs. Latham played a short but important knock of 47 runs. But he was dismissed by Chris Woakes. Finally, New Zealand reached the mark of 241 runs in 50 overs.
Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett took the most 3 wickets each for England. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood also took 1 wicket each.
Important knock by Ben Stokes
New Zealand challenged England to 242 runs in 50 overs for victory. Chasing this challenge, England initially lost wickets at regular intervals to the first four batsmen. So his condition was 4 wickets for 86 runs in 23.1 overs.
But then Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler put together a century partnership of 110 runs for the fifth wicket as England managed the innings. But in the 45th over, off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson, reserve fielder Tim Southee broke the pair by taking a fine catch from Butler, who was playing for 59 runs. After all, England’s batsmen again lost wickets at regular intervals. However, until the end, Ben Stokes gave a bitter fight from one side. He scored an unbeaten 84 off 98 balls while leading a strong England side.
New Zealand needed 1 wicket and England needed 2 runs from the last ball to win this match. This time Ben Stokes and Mark Wood ran for 2 runs but Wood was run out while trying to get the second run. Therefore, England also scored 241 all out in 50 overs, so this match was tied. So a super over was taken.
Lockie Ferguson and Neesham took 3 wickets each for New Zealand.
The thrill of a super over
After the match was tied after the allotted overs, the Super Over was played. England batted first in this Super Over. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, who came to bat for England in the Super Over, scored 15 runs and set a target of 16 runs to win against New Zealand. From New Zealand, Jimmy Neesham and Martin Guptill battled till the last ball of the Super Over but they too failed to get 2 runs off the last ball and the Super Over also ended in a draw.
So finally England was declared the world champion as England hit boundaries earlier than New Zealand.
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— ICC (@ICC) July 14, 2021
Controversy after the final match
There was a lot of discussion about this rule as New Zealand were declared runners-up due to the boundary count rule only, despite neither team losing in the final. Also because of this rule ICC was also criticized. Finally, ICC changed this rule and decided to play super overs after a tie in the future till the result of the match. Also, in this final match, some decisions of the umpires were also controversial, it was also discussed. Nevertheless, this match will be remembered by cricket lovers as one of the most thrilling and dramatic matches for many years to come.
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