NZ tied with ENG (England win Super Over by boundaries)
Man of the Match - Ben Stokes
Scores are Equal... It will be a SUPEROVER
ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 |Final |7/14/2019 Lord's, London
We see the term, cricket is the real winner being used very frequently but this was the game in which cricket, indeed was the real winner. What a game! It was a great pleasure to bring you all the updates and coverage of this magnificent showpiece event. England are the new World Champions. New Zealand are the people's champ. They go back with their head's held high. Thanks for joining us on this magnificent journey. Hope you all had as much fun as we had. Looking forward to your company soon. Till then, take care and cheers!
Eoin Morgan says there was not a lot in the game, the spirit, the fight New Zealand showed was very commendable and today was a hard game. States on a tough wicket they managed to restrict them to a good score but they kept losing wickets. Buttler and Stokes' partnership took it deep. States they have developed a lot in the last 4 years, they struggle on such wickets but today was about getting over the line and it means a lot them. Mentions the guys in the middle kept them really cool, they have some of the best players in the World and there was not a lot between the two sides. Credits Buttler and Stokes and also Archer for the way he bowled. Appreciates Archer for his effort and says he keeps improving. Ends by saying it has been an incredible transformation and there have been a lot of people involved, even the players who missed out due to injury are a part of this.
Time now for the England players to collect their winner's medal and now Eoin Morgan has a chat.
Williamson says that it was a good decision to bat as the pitch was on the drier side. Says that they wanted to put runs on the board, admits he would have wanted 10-15 runs more but the pressure of Final meant it was a good target. Credits his boys for building the pressure. Further credits England for the way they played and congratulates them for their victory. On the Stokes incident, he says it was a shame but reckons that's the game they play and they have to accept it. Says bowling Neesham from the down slide was a risk but it was worth it and it paid off.
The Kiwi players are now called up to receive their runners-up medals and now Kane Williamson will have a chat.
Player of the Tournament, Kane Williamson, says he would swap both the trophies for one extra run. States It is not only the one run but there were many decisive moments. Congratulates England for the way they played. Mentions the pitches have been different to what they expected, there has not been a lot of high scores. Tells they showed a huge amount of heart to get to this stage and is happy with how they played throughout. Ends by saying the guys are shattered at the moment, it is very devastating, this is very tough to swallow but he is happy with how they played.
Ben Stokes is named the Man of the Match. Stokes says that it is a good feeling. Tells all the hard work in the last 4 years has paid off. This was the place they wanted to reach and they have. Thanks the fans for their support. Tells him and Buttler just wanted to take it deep and they also wanted to make sure that the run rate did not shoot up. Smiles and says he definitely was not going to bowl the Super Over. Says that he is a professional cricketer and he was ready to bat and credits Archer for bowling that Super Over. Stokes then adds that the support from the fans, friends and families was unbelievable.
First up, match referee, on-field umpires, Third umpire and Fourth umpire walk up to take their meddles.
Time now for the presentation...
Liam Plunkett is now giving an interview. He says it was a great day and tells it was an unbelievable game of cricket. Credits New Zealand for the way they played. On how it felt to bat after bowling so well, Plunkett says the idea was just to give as much strike to Stokes and even when he got caught he knew they had batters who could finish the game and take them over the line.
Joe Root now is up for a chat, he says that it is an unbelievable feeling. Tells everyone had done everything and they have come through the tough situation, especially in the group stage. Says he is happy for Stokes as proved himself and everyone else.
Jonny Bairstow says he is elated and says it was one heck of a game and it has been one hell of a tournament. Buttler now says it is unbelievable, he felt he saw everything in cricket but this was something else. Bairstow then adds that the Kiwis bowled pretty well, New Zealand then got them under a lot of pressure but the way Stokes and Buttler played was brilliant. Buttler then informs they wanted to take it deep. Further adds the run rate would not be an issue if they were there till the end and they just wanted to keep going and what happened in the end was unbelievable. Bairstow ends by saying the atmosphere was brilliant, to playing at Lord's is one thing and to play a World Cup finals is something different.
In the Super Over, England batted first and smashed their way to 15 runs. In reply, New Zealand too started brilliantly, especially when Neesham hit that six on the second ball, New Zealand were favorites to lift it. However, it was Archer who kept his cool and with New Zealand needing two runs on the last ball to win the game, he conceded only one to help ENGLAND CREATE HISTORY!
242 did seem a challenging target as the wicket was not an easy one and England struggled throughout their innings. They lost Roy early. New Zealand then choked the runs and that pressure saw Root, Bairstow and Morgan throwing their wickets away. Buttler and Stokes then started the fightback with a 100-plus runs stand saw them get on top of the game. Both got to half tons in the same over. However, the game once again changed in the 45th over when Buttler holed out. Stokes kept losing partners and the task kept getting difficult for him. He needed 15 in the last over and it came down to 15 in the last 4 balls. A biggie followed and a fortunate four overthrows saw them needing 2 on the very last ball which was hit only for a single, leading to the Super Over.
It all began with a delay as the toss was pushed 15 minutes further which eventually was won by the Kiwis. They elected to bat. However, it wasn't a great day with the bat for them as they managed to crawl their way to 241 mainly due to exceptional efforts with the ball by Plunkett and Woakes. The Kiwi batters like, Nicholls who scored a half ton, Williamson and Latham did get off to starts but no one managed anything very significant.
WHAT A GAME THIS WAS! Surely worthy of a final. Also, to remind you all, we still do not have a clear winner. Even the Super Over was a tie. England won as they hit more boundaries. For now, let us summaries the game right from the start as it seems a long time ago.
Jubilation out there! England have won the World Cup for the very first time in the most dramatic manner. The crowd here is going bonkers, the players are running around in joy. Nobody out there can control their emotions. The Kiwi players on the other hand, surely must be heartbroken. They had the match in their bag even during the normal 50 overs and also during the Super Over. Nevertheless, it was England's day and they are now the World Champions!
Ball 6: Archer to Guptill, 1 run and run out. OUT! RUN OUT! Full on the pads, Guptill hits it towards deep mid-wicket and looks for two. The ball goes straight to the fielder. The throw at the keeper's end is a bad one but Buttler gets to the ball, stretches and dislodges the bails. Guptill is found short and ENGLAND WIN THE WORLD CUP!
Ball 5: Archer to Neesham, 1 run. Bouncer! Neesham looks to pull but gets it off the inner half of his bat. The ball hits his leg and goes to the side of the pitch on the off side. They take a run. 2 needed in 1. If the Super Over ties then England lift the cup as they have hit more boundaries.
Ball 4: Archer to Neesham, 2 runs. Full on off, Neesham flicks it wide of deep mid-wicket and he hurries for the second. Archer misses the ball at the bowler's end and Guptill is in.
Ball 3: Archer to Neesham, 2 runs. Slower ball on a length, Neesham swings his bat at it. It goes to the left of long on. Roy misfields allowing them to get the second with ease.
Ball 2: Archer to Neesham, SIX! SIX! This one is out of here! Neesham has demolished it. Full on off, Neesham smashes it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum. 7 needed in 4.
Ball 1: Archer to Neesham, 2 runs. This time bowls a yorker on off. Neesham manages to squeeze it towards long off and scamper through for the second.
Ball 1: Archer to Neesham, wide. WIDE! Archer bowls a brilliant wide yorker. Neesham swings his bat at it but misses. It is outside the tramline and it has been wided.
A tough task awaits New Zealand. Their batters walking out are Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham. The latter will be on strike and he will be facing Archer.