England is the new king of cricket. Through the greatest ever final in the history of the game that ended in a tie with both teams scoring 241 runs in their 50 overs, it was a contest, which will be crowned as one of the greatest One Day International contests of all time.
Hats off to Ben Stokes, who pulled England up from a disastrous 86 for 4 in 23.1 overs through a 110 runs partnership with Jos Buttler (59). After Buttler fell, Stokes carried England on his shoulder through an unbeaten 84 off 98 balls to tie the match.
In the Super over too, Stokes, along with Buttler, posted 15 runs in six balls. New Zealand opener James Neesham hit the second ball from Jofra Archer for a six and with Martin Guptill even tied the score in the Super Over, but England won the match due to more boundaries they hit in the match which stands at 22-14.
This World Cup, where the last ball of the tournament decided the winner, will be talked about for years to come. In the Super Over, Buttler ran out Guptill inches before the crease and raced for a lap of honour.
Stokes, the man who was instrumental in realising the dream for the hosts, was in tears and so was Jofra Archer, who bowled the Super Over.
THE WINNING MOMENT!
The England women’s team could not control their excitement after the men’s team secured their first World Cup title!
🔸 84 runs— ICC (@ICC) July 15, 2019
🔸 98 balls
🔸 5 fours
🔸 2 sixes
Ben Stokes, Player of the Match in the #CWC19Final, is the @Oppo Shotmaker of the Day 👏
From the T20 WC heartbreak in 2016 to the #CWC19 triumph today, what a story it has been for this all-rounder 🙌 pic.twitter.com/cjjJq1qZwq
There is no doubt that New Zealand fought valiantly.
They kept their heads high right till the end of the tournament. They had bounced back from three successive defeats, bravely batted first and even defended a modest total, but they could not stop one man — Stokes. It was a battle of Stokes versus New Zealand for the major part of the game.
England’s consistent opening partnership lasted only 5.4 overs producing 28 runs. Matt Henry got the in-form Jason Roy to edge his outswinger and ended his 20-ball stay for 17 runs.