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WC 2019 Final: Hard Work of England Burns the Nightmare with Luck Taking Break in Kiwi’s Fate:

England won the 2019 World Cup by the barest of all margins.

“England have won the World Cup by the barest of all margins.” The line by Ian Smith will appear most of the times whenever an English fan will be asked about his most iconic line whereas undoubtedly vice-versa for a Kiwi fan. The words were invented when Jos Butler broke the stumps with a dive to dismiss Guptill to get the cheers of the fans on a bright sunny Lord’s afternoon.

The England fans in the ground, in the pub or in the streets and even for the players, the emotions were telling the story of how the nightmares of Adelaide has been burnt out of 4-years back. If a narrator needs to spell out the moment, he may find it tough to throw the weight on one side; England’s hard work for 4-years can equal to the campaign of humble Blackcap’s boys. The smile of kiwi captain Kane Williamson with cap covering the down face might get an extra edge.

England Winning the Toss opt to Bat:

Winning the toss, Eoin Morgan elected to bowl fast keeping in mind about the final pressure. Guptill after showing a ray of sunshine playing couple of good shots perished to a Woakes inswinger. Kane & Nicholls kept the nerves calm with a stand of around 75-runs. After breaking the well-constructed partnership, Plunket sent the latter in the 27th over back to the dressing room.

Keeping the DRS in hand and using it in a right cause is one of the wisest strategies a team need to execute and Ross Taylor found himself so unlucky to be given out by a wrong LBW to Mark Wood. They started to lose the plot with some of the batsmen chipped in with a bit.

New Zealand finished with 241:

Latham did try his level best but what I found most surprising was Santner ducking the last ball of the innings. Whenever I watch the highlights of the game, all I look for is Mitchell facing the slower ball of Jofra Archer in the last over with just 3-runs being scored. It’s easy for me or anyone to say now that one run may extend their wait to win a World Cup for 4-more years. NZ finished at 241 for the loss of 8-wickets but it could end 30-less with England bowling too many wides (17).

The stage was set for the firing English side. Chasing 242 shouldn’t be mountain climb to them with what they have brought into the table but it isn’t going to be a cake walk too. Roy & Bairstow got off to a nervous start but it didn’t lust too long as the Surrey opener edged to Latham off a beautiful Henry delivery. Root too did not look comfortable and New Zealand just took the golden chance with both of his hands as Morgan was caught superbly at point to push the Three Lions at the corner. England slipped to 86-4.

England Started their batting Positively:

Then the two big match winners, Stokes and Butler, of this side shake hands with an aim of first stitching a partnership and later going big exploring the opponent’s death bowling. When Jos missed a chance of leading his side over the line being caught by substitute Southee, England still required 45runs in 30-balls. Stokes failed to do the job for his team both against AUS and SL but he never would want to miss the opportunity. 

The fortune seemed to have been eaten by the England players in the breakfast table. On a simple day, Trent Boult would show some of his acrobatic brilliance to take an one-handed catch of Stokes to get him out and also saved runs but on 14th July not only he missed the catch but the overthrow converted the sprinted double into six-valuable runs. There had been some controversy that figured out that the on-field umpires might had done a mistake by gifting a run extra as the Law 19.8 by ICC states that batsmen are awarded one run extra only if batsmen have crossed when the fielder releases the ball. The new claiming by Simon Taufel, a 5-time winner of ICC Umpire of the Year Award made it a bit tough for Dharmasena and Erasmus.

The Last Over Drama:

Needing 15 to get the fruit of the tree, the Durham left-hander tried his best but the rocket throws to get the non-striker, England finished exactly on 241 with no batsmen remaining in the dugout. The World Cup 2019 winner is going to be selected based on the super over. The same pair of Jos and Ben walked out to face Boult in the super over and with back-to-back boundaries they reached to 15, the same score the required in the last over.

Jofra was set to deliver for England in the super over and that was a fairy-tale time for the Caribbean born. It wasn’t too long that for him David Willey in spite of doing so well left off the final World cup squad and now, the man was 6-balls away from trying to win it for England. The six in the 2nd ball and the misfield to the following ball may spoil their dream but it didn’t untill New Zealand saw 2-required of the last ball. For them they have to make it whereas England knew that a tie will still do it for them because of the number of boundaries hit by them were more than the opponents.

England wins World Cup on a Hilarious Rule:

And the exactly happened as Guptill fell short to his crease before the sticks being lighted up. The mad rush of all the English players began all around the park with camera found Guptill and Neesham sitting in the middle of the 22-yard lonely with tears being rolled down from eyes. The fans couldn’t believe what they witnessed as the scenes of the commentary box made it clearer. “Unbelievable”“Elated”“Lost of words” were the reactions of the English players.

“I don’t wish to nitpick”. Kane candled a bit of light in the whole interest of the rule of hitting most boundaries. “Just hope it never happens in such moments ever again.” There was no complaining by English captain Eoin Morgan and why it would be?? The hard work of last 4-years has been rewarded. “We were going up and down like a yo-yo.”

 

The loud cheers received new life when Morgan got the World Cup in hand and the party begins with champagne getting out all around. The gym sessions, the practice, group meetings all have found its right destination. For Ben Stokes to stand there in the middle and almost win it single handedly for his side specially after what occurred couple of years back in Eden Gardens.

England, the Cricketing bunch of diversities, are the new World Champions.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand: 241 (Henry Nicholls- 55, Chris Woakes- 3-37, Liam Plunkett- 3-42) tied with England: 241 (Ben Stokes- 84*, Jos Butler- 59, Jimmy Neesham- 3-43, Lockie Ferguson- 3-50).

England won the Super Over on boundary count.

Man of the match: Ben Stokes

Man of the Tournament: Kane Williamson.

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