On Sunday, England won the title of the winner of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in dramatic circumstances. After a tie in the final, the match went into a Super Over which also ended in a tie but ultimately achieved the trophy due to a tie-break rule because they successfully hit the most boundaries. England finished on 241 all out while New Zealand’s score was 241-8 after which a six-ball shootout was decided for each team.
Joss Buttler and Ben Stokes of England took 15 off Trent Boult’s over. Jofra Archer bowled England’s over against Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham, who smashed a six off the second ball. Finally, two runs were required off the final ball for New Zealand while Guptill was run out by Jos Buttler and Jason Roy unitedly.
Both the teams ended up on 15 so England won because of a tie-break rule as they hit more boundaries. Undoubtedly it was a relieving moment for English cricket. The enthusiastic crowd cheered Morgan and his teams at Lord’s as they joined Bobby Moore’s 1966 footballers and Martin Johnson’s rugby union team of 2003 as England’s World Cup winners.
After the heart-breaking exit at the 2015 World Cup, England’s then director of cricket Andrews Strauss embarked on a root-and-branch reform of their one-day international set-up. England’s victory was the highest point of a remarkable rise over the past four years.
It was not an easy journey for England, whose defeat against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia in the group stage put them on the edge of elimination. But the team of Morgan kept cool to defeat India and New Zealand and book a last-four spot before crushing Australia in the semi-finals and surviving one final test against New Zealand. On the other side, it was definitely a heart-breaking loss for New Zealand, the team which also finished as runner-up in the previous World Cup in 2015 after losing to Australia in the final.