ICC World Cup Final 2019: England vs New Zealand: Summary, Reactions and Critcisms

Wow! What a thriller! Best Final Ever in the history of cricket!!!

England, under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan, were crowned champions for the first time in a 50-over World Cup, thanks to a superior boundary count rule set by the International Cricket Council (ICC). After complete sessions of 50-over a side, England and New Zealand were tied at 241 and the match went into a Super Over. Then in the Super Over, we saw both the teams scored 15 runs each, following which the ICC rule gave an advantage to England.

Criticism

Both teams played very well and both deserved to be champions. So, Indian cricketers Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj were not happy with the rule and went to tweet the following:

Gautam Gambhir, hero of India’s World Cup victory in 2011, called the rule “ridiculous” and opined that both the teams emerged as winners in the end.

“Don’t understand how the game of such proportions, the #CWC19Final, is finally decided on who scored the most boundaries. A ridiculous rule @ICC. Should have been a tie. I want to congratulate both @BLACKCAPS & @englandcricket on playing out a nail biting Final. Both winners imo,” -Gambhir Tweet

After 27 years, England reached the final andbwon the World Cup for the first time in extraordinary circumstances, beating New Zealand by boundaries scored after the match was tied after regulation play and then the first Super Over in the tournament’s history. Heart-break for New Zealand — they finished runners-up in successive World Cups.

Ben Stokes was the hero of the match, The life Saviour of England. He was totall shocked about the “accidental” 6 runs in last over and he apologised by raising the hands. What he had to say after the match? Let’s hear it ourselves.

“Pretty good isn’t it? I’m pretty lost for words. All the hardwork that’s gone on in these four years, and to execute with such a good game is unthinkable. Thanks to everyone for all the support. We just kept talking during the partnership with Jos, and the run-rate wasn’t getting away, and in the last over when the ball hit the bat and went for four – I apologize to Kane for that. I definitely wasn’t going to bowl the last over (laughs). It’s fantastic, without the lads, the family, and the support, it’s just been incredible.”

I feel very pleased to write those words and to soak in the outpouring joy that comes with their thrilling victory over New Zealand. So let’s try to sum up:

Summary of the Game

England are world champions after tying with New Zealand on 241 each after their respective 50 overs. They both scored 15 in the super-over shootout – but England won thanks to hitting more boundaries in their 50 overs.It is England’s first ever Cricket World Cup and follows final defeats in 1979, 1987 and 1992.Ben Stokes was England’s hero with the bat after he bludgeoned 15 from the final over of the regular innings, including a bizarre six by way of four overthrows. He was made man of the match.England’s captain Eoin Morgan said: “It’s been an absolutely incredible journey … I still can’t quite believe it.”New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson, who was made player of the tournament, said: “Just gutted … There’s a lot of disappointment.”Barney Ronay celebrates England’s victory as the culmination of four years of planning after a disastrous defeat to the Kiwis in 2015.And Andy Bull reckons it was the greatest game ever played.

Was that the best match in the the history of cricket for you? Or is there another cricketing moment that you could never forget? Give your honest thoughts in the comment section.

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