England defeated New Zealand in the Super Over boundary count to win the ICC World Cup 2019 on July 14 (Sunday) at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium in London. It is maiden World Cup title and the third consecutive time that the hosts have lifted the coveted trophy. India skipper Virat Kohli hailed both the sides after a nail-biting finish to the World Cup.
Batting first, New Zealand posted 240 runs on a tricky Lord’s wicket. Henry Nicholls shared two stands with skipper Kane Williamson and Jimmy Neesham to post a challenging total on the scoreboard after an outstanding effort from the English bowlers. The Black Caps dominated most of the game before England banked on an excellent partnership between Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to stage the win. Stokes valiant knock of 84 runs and a few lucky decisions helped the hosts secure a draw to take it to the Super Over.
Batting first in the tie-breaker, England managed to post 15 runs with Stokes and Buttler once again doing the job with the bat for the side. Jofra Archer, who was playing his first World Cup, was handed the ball to defend the target who made a nervous start with a wide. Jimmy Neesham continued his excellent form to take the game deep, but a brilliant work from Jos Buttler in the last ball of the Super Ove helped England secure a tie, but England became the champions on the boundary count – the luckiest way to win ever.
A disappointed Virat Kohli took to Twitter to congratulate England team for winning the World Cup. He also hailed both the sides for putting up a great match in the final of the tournament. The clash will certainly go down as one of the best in history.
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“Great show by both the teams in the
#CWC19Finals yesterday. Congratulations @englandcricket,” Virat Kohli tweeted.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 15, 2019