England defeated New Zealand in a dramatic super over to win the Men’s Cricket World Cup for the first time on Sunday, July 14th. The game was tied during normal time and super over before England won due to scoring more boundaries.
New Zealand batted first and set England a target of 241 from their first 50 overs. The tournament hosts started poorly, but brilliant batting from Ben Stokes, who scored 84 not out, as well as Jos Buttler who managed 59, put them back in the driving seat.
Mark Wood was run out on the final ball to leave the score tied at 241. The game then went into the super over where each side had to bat again for six balls.
The final six-balls were as dramatic as they come, with England being sent in to bat first. The hosts scored a modest 15 from their six balls to set the Black Caps an attainable target. With New Zealand at 14-0 on the final ball, Martin Guptill needed just two runs to win the World Cup.
The New Zealand batsman managed only one before a combination of Jason Roy and Jos Buttler ran him out as he attempted to complete his second run.
With the scores tied at 15 apiece, England won their first-ever World Cup by virtue of having scored more boundaries during the super over.
The AFP reported that Jofra Archer said, “My heart is still racing. It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever won, a great bunch of fellas, a really good family to me.”
England's players were ecstatic at the prospect of making history.
Stokes had tears of joy in his face as he spoke after the game. “I’m pretty lost for words. All the hard work over four years, to get here and be champions of the world. It’s an amazing feeling. I’m pretty done,” he said.
It was a case of luck for England, who lost three previous Cricket World Cup finals in 1979, 1987, and 1992.
New Zealand’s James Neesham commended his opponents for their victory. “We knew we would have to fire a few shots. Credit to England for the way they stuck at it,” he said.
“On another day the coin may have fallen our way. We’ll look back in a couple of years and say this was a pretty good experience.”