Another ICC World Cup is done and dusted where England beat New Zealand in a thrilling super over at Lord’s and won their maiden World Cup. They even reached the final after 27 years and after 23 years, the world got its new World Champion.
New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first. Although openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls started well, that didn’t last long. Kane Williamson scored a fighting 30 while Nicholls fell for 55. Tom Latham scored 47 and put up a total of 241 after 50 overs with the loss of 8 wickets. Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett bagged 3 wickets each and dismantled the line-up.
Chasing the target, England needed a steady start where their in-form opener Jason Roy fell for 17. Although Jonny Bairstow scored 36, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan failed to score big. The pressure fell upon Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler who both added 110 runs and the game surprisingly went on a super over.
England put up 15 runs in the super over. New Zealand too scored 15 while chasing. However, England won the game on the back of their more number of boundaries. They hit 22 boundaries while New Zealand hit 14. This was probably the first time when boundary count decided the World Cup winner, according to the rules.
However, Twitter started reacting on England’s maiden title win.