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England Win 2019 Cricket World Cup in Thrilling Finale

England Win 2019 Cricket World Cup in Thrilling Finale Photo: TT
Ben Stokes Helped England Beat New Zealand in the Final

England won the 2019 World Cup defeating New Zealand in the most dramatic fashion possible, off the last ball of a super over after both sides finished the regular match with the scores tied.

New Zealand won the toss at Lords and chose to bat first.

The Kiwis got off to a fair start with both Martin Guptil and Henry Nicholls surviving several appeals, before Guptill was the first man to fall, lbw to Chris Woakes for 19. Captain Kane Williamson joined Nicholls at the crease, and the pair patiently added 64 for the second wicket until Wiliamson edged Liam Plunkett and was caught behind, before Plunkett then struck again, bowling Nicholls for 55.

England then tried to squeeze the run rate with tight bowling, and, after Ross Taylor and Tom Latham had added 23 for the fourth wicket, Mark Wood struck to have Taylor lbw for 15. Jimmy Neesham came in determined to push the score along, but, having scored 19, he became the fifth wicket to fall when he was caught by Joe Root, with Plunkett again the bowler. Colin de Grandhomme and Latham then put on 46 before de Grandhomme gave a leading edge to Woakes, and was caught at mid-on by substitute fielder James Vince for 16. Latham had done well to keep the middle order scoring, but he missed a simple full toss from Woakes and was caught by Vince at mid-off for 47, which included one six. Jofra Archer then bowled the last over, and had Matt Henry bowled to a slower delivery, as New Zealand were restricted at the end of their innings to 241 – 8, setting England 242 to win the World Cup.

In response England struggled against typically tight New Zealand swing bowling, and after Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow had put on 28, Roy fell for 17, caught behind off Henry. Root and Bairstow added 31 but Root was then caught behind off de Grandhomme as the tension increased. Bairstow had struggled to 36 but, having just struck a four, was bowled by Lockie Ferguson for 36. And then New Zealand tightened the screw further when Morgan fell to the bowling off Neesham, caught by Ferguson.

At that stage all seemed lost for England, but they clawed their way back into the match courtesy off a 5th wicket partnership of 110 between Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler that tipped the balance of the match. Both rode their luck and had to restrain their natural attacking instincts, until runs began to flow a little easier. Buttler overtook his partner in the scoring stakes but just when it looked like the pair might see England home, Buttler fell for 59, caught by substitute fielder Tim Southee in the deep off Ferguson. And then Ferguson struck again in his next over, having Woakes caught behind cheaply.

Liam Plunkett came in and scored a four, but having reached 10, fell in the penultimate over to Neesham, caught at long off. Stokes was then caught on the boundary going for a big hit, but it was given as a six when it was indicated that Trent Boult had stepped on the rope. However, Neesham then bowled Archer off the last ball of his spell.

Off the third ball of the last over, Stokes hit Boult into the stands for 6, and then had an extraordinary bit of luck. Running for a second run, the ball hit his bat and ran away for another four runs. Adil Rashid and Mark Wood were run out off the last two balls, but Wood did at least help Stokes get the one run needed to bring the scores level, as Stokes finished 84 not out, having played a sublime innings for his side.

In their super over Stokes and Buttler again combined to score 15 off Trent Boult, which left everything on the shoulders of Jofra Archer to bowl the final over for England. And it did not look well when Neesham smashed the third ball for six. However, Guptill came only manage a single off the last ball to level the scores, and the match went down to the team that had scored the most boundaries, which was England.

Rajeev mcallister
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