England beat New Zealand to win first World Cup title after Super Over thriller
A slow-burn, horribly gripping, ultimately uproarious day at Lord’s. There has never been a World Cup final like this.
It was the mother of all thrillers, a heart-stopping drama so intense that you could feel the hallowed pavilions at the Lord’s tremor in agitation. England won the World Cup by the faintest possible margin – the number of boundaries hit by the two teams. England had 26 against 17 by New Zealand.
Match tied. Super Over tied. Frenetic final goes in wire.
How did the match pan out?
England bowled really well against the Kiwis and never allowed them to stitch mega stands. Every time the Kiwis threatened, England got key scalps. Williamson and Nicholls’ 74-run stand was a major highlight for NZ.
In reply, Kiwis bowled well with their famed attack. England were reduced to 86/4.
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler got along and put up a fight and drew the match which led to a Super Over decider which also tied. At the end, England were declared winners according to ICC rules.
Ben Stokes was the Player of the match for his incredible innings.
The freak overthrow that cost New Zealand the Cup
With just 3 deliveries to go of the 50th over in chase, England got the benefit of a freak overthrow when the ball struck a diving Ben Stokes and went for a boundary giving them 6 runs instead of 2.
It brought down the target from 9 needed off 3 balls to 3 needed off 2.
The drama which unfolded here on Sunday has no parallels in cricket.