All the cricket fans never witnessed before in their lifetime such a match that kept them on the edge of their seat till last ball was bowled. Ok…till the last ball of super over!!
It all happened at Lord’s cricket ground on the eve of men’s cricket world cup 2019 final. After a month of prolific cricket, England and New Zealand made their way to the final of this amazing tournament. Both the teams had their fair share in the group stages and in the end both made their way to the finals.
On weather-threatened match it all shined when the Sun smiled at Lord’s cricket ground on the day this final was played. It was a great relief to the cricketing fans as they could watch a match without interference of weather.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to at first on what seemed to be a tricky surface to bat on. They lost wickets at different intervals but somehow managed to put a score of 241 runs on the board. When they started their bowling they tried to put a grip on English batsmen throughout the innings. New Zealand were able to put pressure on England and didn’t give away easy runs.
As we know Kane Williamson and his tactics, he was able to strangle the English batsmen until Joss Butler and Ben Stokes put up a 100 run stand to bring their team close to the total. It all looked fine until Butler played one shot too many and got out at the crucial stage.
Now the stage was set for Ben Stokes to see hi side to the victory but the Kiwis had some other plans. They pulled a stunning effort to squeeze the Englishmen but remained short of the effort.
It was nine balls left when Stokes tried to hit a six of Jimmy Neesham. Boy that was one pressure catch for Trent Boult on the boundary line but unfortunately he touched the rope while taking this stunner. However, the match didn’t end there, England were left with 15 runs to win the match. With two dot balls they were left with four deliveries to to score 15.
Then came the master-stroke when Ben Stokes hit the third ball for six, but what happened on the next ball would be written in the books of history as Stokes hit the ball to the long on and tried to take two runs which turned out to be six as the ball hit his bat at the striker’s end (while he dived to get back into the crease) and went for boundary.
Luck was obviously on his side as he got 12 runs in two balls. It was still not over yet as he flicked the second last ball and ran for two in which Adil Rashid got out while completing the second run. The irony was, had the ball being thrown to the striker’s end it would have been curtains for Ben Stokes and English team but the fielder threw it to the wrong end. On the last ball two runs were required for which Stokes flashed hard a low full-toss and ran. The drama didn’t end as Mark wood got out while completing the second run and match was tied.
What happened in the super over, we all know and the match got tied again however, England won on the basis of more boundaries scored. There were a number of occasions in the last nine balls where New Zealand could easily win the match. From the catch where Boult stepped on the boundary fence to the runout chance where Stokes could easily be out, there were a couple of chances in the last two overs where New Zealand grassed the Cup. It is a funny game of cricket though.
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