England create history, beat New Zealand to lift maiden World Cup in Lord’s thriller


England on Sunday beat New Zealand in the Super Over final to win their first-ever World Cup. In a thrilling encounter being played before an electric crowd at the Lord’s, England needed 15 runs from the last over of the regular match. Ben Stokes, who remained unbeaten at 84 in the end, hit a six and got another six after a throw from the deep hit him and went for four overthrows.

England needed two runs from the last ball but Mark Wood ran himself out while stealing the second run, leaving the scores to be tied at 241 sending the match into Super Over. Under the Super Over rules, each team will get six balls to face with the team scoring more runs winning the World Cup. England scored 15 runs in their quota of six balls, but New Zealand needed to score 16 runs to win the coveted trophy. The Kiwis could only score 15 runs by losing a wicket through a run-out.

This meant that England were crowned the World Champions for the first time in the history of the game.

Earlier, England restricted New Zealand batsmen to just 241 runs in 50 overs, needing 242 runs to lift their maiden cricket World Cup. England bowlers were impressive with their line and length as the Kiwis found it difficult to score freely.

Henry Nicholls was the only New Zealand batsman to score 50 with wicket-keeper Tom Letham making 47 in the middle order.

As for England, Chris Woakes was again very economical as he finished his quota of 10 overs by taking three wickets and conceding just 37 runs. His wickets included Martin Guptill (19), Tom Latham (47) and Colin de Grandhomme (16).

Jofra Archer was menacing with his fast deliveries and deceptive variations that included dangerous bouncers routinely followed by slow bowling. Although he only took one wicket, his intimidation allowed other English bowlers to keep taking Kiwi wickets at regular intervals.

As expected, Liam Plunkett too rose to the challenge and claimed three wickets for 42 runs in 10 overs. Wickets claimed by Punkett of skipper Kane Williamson (30), Jimmy Neesham (19) and Nicholls (55).

England started chasing the Kiwi total with their two opening batsmen Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow facing quite a bit of scare in the face of intimidating bowling by New Zealand bowlers Trent Boult and Matt Henry.

Roy survived an LBW appeal by New Zealand prompting the Kiwis to go for the review. But, the umpire decided to stick to his decision of not out since the ball did not appear to knock off the bails conclusively. However, Roy finally succumbed to Henry’s delivery when he was batting at 17.