England achieved their maiden Cricket World Cup trophy on Sunday (14th July) evening after beating New Zealand in the final of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at Lord’s (London).
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson decided to bat first after winning the toss. While New Zealand managed to score 241/8 (50 overs) in the first innings, the host side England replied with 241 runs (50 overs).
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After that tie result, they faced the one-over eliminator where England scored 15/0, and New Zealand scored 15/1. Finally, England won that thrilling final due to their higher number of boundaries during the Super Over.
Brief Scores: New Zealand – 241/8 in 50 overs (Henry Nicholls 55, Tom Latham 47; Chris Woakes 3/37)
England – 241 in 50 overs (Ben Stokes 84*, Jos Buttler 59; James Neesham 3/43)
Result – England won the one-over eliminator
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
New Zealand vs England
i) It was first time in ODI history when a match entered the Super Over.
ii) On the other hand, it was the first tied game in CWC final history, second tied game in CWC knockout stages history and fifth tied game in the entire CWC history.
iii) It was also the third time when England vs New Zealand ODI match had a tie result.
i) After England (1987 and 1992) and Sri Lanka (2007 and 2011), New Zealand is the third team to face defeats in two straight CWC finals (2015 and 2019).
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i) The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup trophy is the first CWC trophy for England. Meanwhile, it is also England’s second ICC trophy. England’s maiden ICC trophy was the 2010 ICC World T20.
i) Captain Kane Williamson scored 578 runs in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup which is also the most runs for a captain in a single CWC edition. Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene was the previous record holder who scored 548 runs in 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup.
ii) Ross Taylor has scored 1,002 runs in his Cricket World Cup career. After the former New Zealand cricketer Stephen Fleming (1,075 runs), Taylor is the second Kiwi batsman to score 1,000+ runs in CWC career.
iii) The right-arm fast bowler Lockie Ferguson picked up 21 wickets in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Ferguson is the second most wicket-taker for New Zealand in a single CWC edition. In 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the left-arm pacer Trent Boult recorded for New Zealand with 22 wickets.
i) The right-arm pacer Liam Plunkett played this match at the age of 34 years and 99 days. He had the bowling figures of 10-0-42-3. During this match, Plunkett becomes the oldest bowler to take three wickets in a CWC final history. Derek Pringle (England) was the previous record holder who played the 1992 CWC final (against Pakistan at Melbourne) at the age of 33 years and 189 days, and his bowling figures were 10-2-22-3.
ii) In the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Jonny Bairstow scored 532 runs. Earlier, Joe Root also completed his 500 runs in this CWC edition as he scored 556 runs in the 2019 CWC. They are only two English batsmen to score 500 or more runs in a single CWC edition.
iii) In this final match, the middle-order batsman Ben Stokes scored 84*. It is the highest individual score by an England batsman in a CWC final history. Their previous record was 64 runs by Mike Brearley against West Indies in the 1979 CWC final.