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ICC CWC 2019 final: England script history, claim maiden World Cup title

In the grand finale of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (CWC 19), England cricket team defeated New Zealand cricket team in the Super over thriller to lift their maiden World Cup title at The Lord’s cricket stadium in London.


It is England’s first ever Cricket World Cup and follows final defeats in 1979, 1987 and 1992.


Batting first after winning the toss, New Zealand had postd 241/8 in 50 overs in reply to which, England ended at the same score leading to the one-over eliminator at the Lord's.

 

In the Super Over, England batted first and the duo of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler made 15 runs, and New Zealand also ended at the same score but for the loss of one wicket, paving the way for an English victory on boundary count.

 

It was nothing less than sheer magic as the match kept tilting in the favour of England and New Zealand throughout the final overs, but eventually it was England whose 44-year-long longing ended on a Super Over, that too, on boundary count as England had 22 fours and two sixes compared to 16 by New Zealand.

 

Earlier, Ben Stokes was England's last hope in taking the team home as England needed 15 runs in the last over, Stokes played two dots and then smoked Boult over deep mid-wicket for six, then got a lucky overthrow while running a double that fetched them six runs --- that was the biggest highlight and that paved that way for England to reach the magic number.

 

With three needed off two balls, Stokes ran a desperate two but non-striker Adil Rashid was way short of his ground, leaving the hosts to score two runs off the last ball.


Boult kept one full on Stokes' legs and he could only hit towards the long-on and two was never on as the bowler effected an easy run-out under pressure. Stokes was left stranded on 84 as England were all out on 241, paving the way for the first ever Super Over of the World Cup.


Awards


Man of the Match- Ben Stokes (England)


Player of the tournament- Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

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