Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has hailed the way the final of the 2019 World Cup panned out. England and New Zealand played out arguably the finest World Cup final of all time at Lord’s on Sunday. Throughout the game, the fortunes swung from one side to another before the hosts were awarded the title because of the rule books.
Both England and New Zealand scored 241 in their 50 overs. Ben Stokes had the chance to win it for England when his side needed 2 from the final ball. However, he could score just one and was run-out while taking the double. In the super over, England scored 15. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler hit one boundary each to guide their team to a good score.
In reply, New Zealand started really well. The first ball was a wide before James Neesham took a double. On the second ball, he hammered Archer for a maximum to put New Zealand on top. With seven needed from four balls, New Zealand were the favourites to win the thrilling clash. The equation was finally down to 2 runs from the last delivery.
But Martin Guptill was run-out while he was trying to take a non-existing double. With neither the first 100 overs nor the super overs being able to decide the winners, England were declared the winners for hitting more number of boundaries. England hit 26 boundaries in the match while New Zealand hit 17.
And while the cricketing world is busy criticising the rules of the game, Sourav Ganguly hailed the game. Part of the commentary panel, the legendary batsman took to Twitter to praise the captains of England and New Zealand, writing:
“What a final it was .. the best in last 20 years and still level at super over … Kane Williamson..what an ambassador of the game .. well done eoin morgan and england”
What a final it was .. the best in last 20 years and still level at super over … Kane Williamson..what an ambassador of the game .. well done eoin morgan and england pic.twitter.com/G5B96PGycz
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) July 14, 2019