New Delhi. July 14 is a very special day in the history of cricket. On this day such a match that crossed all limits of adventure was played, which gave the world a new world champion of ODI. Face to face were the two teams who were dreaming of winning the title for 44 years. But, who will be the winner? It was difficult to tell till the last moment, as both the teams were ready to give up. We are talking about the ODI World Cup final played between England and New Zealand at the historic ground of Lord’s on this day i.e. 14th July in 2019.
There has hardly been any exciting match in cricket because of this. When the match was tied after 100 overs of play. The Super Over was used for the first time in the history of the World Cup to decide the champion. But, that too remained a tie. In this match, New Zealand neither lost by runs nor by wickets, but still became the world champion England. For this reason, there was a rule of the ICC, under which the team with the most boundaries in the match was declared the winner and thus England became the new king of ODIs at home. However, this rule was removed after 3 months of controversy. But, by then the New Zealand cricket team and its fans had received such a wound, which they hardly ever forget.
This controversial rule of ICC broke the heart of not only New Zealand but all the fans who loved cricket in one stroke. What happened in the match that crossed the limits of adventure? How England’s 44 years of effort reached the end, what is the story of England becoming the world champion in 2019. So the world had got the new champion of ODI.
Super Thrill of Super Over
After the final tie of the 2019 World Cup, the Super Over was resorted to for the first time to decide the winner. No one would have thought about the drama that happened in this too. England came out to bat first in the Super Over. England’s hopes rested on Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. The ball was in the hands of Trent Boult. Stokes scored 3 runs on the first ball and Buttler was able to add one on the second ball. After this, on the third ball, Stokes hit a four at midwicket to take England to 8 runs. 3 more runs came in the next 2 balls. On the last ball, Buttler hit a boundary and took England’s score to 15 runs.
Kiwi team needed 16 runs in 6 balls
Now New Zealand needed 16 runs in 6 balls to become the world champion. It was not a difficult target. Jimmy Neesham and Martin Guptill came out to bat for New Zealand. In front of him was fast bowler Jofra Archer. Archer’s first ball was wide. Neesham took 2 runs on the next ball and after this, the second legal ball of this over of Archer was easily carried by Neesham into the stands. There was silence in the stadium due to this one six of Neesham. Now New Zealand needed 7 runs in 4 balls. A total of 5 runs came in the next three balls. Now on the last ball, New Zealand needed 2 runs to win.
Guptill was on strike. But, he got run out in the pursuit of scoring 2 runs in the last ball. New Zealand got only 1 run and thus the Super Over was also tied. But, according to the ICC rules, the England team that hit more boundaries was declared the world champion. In the match, New Zealand had hit 2 sixes, 14 fours and England had hit 2 sixes and 22 fours. In this way, England became the world champion for the first time on the basis of the boundary rule.
Champion not found even after playing 100 overs
Earlier, in the World Cup final, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. New Zealand scored 241 for 8 in 50 overs on the back of Henry Nicholls’ half-century and Tom Latham’s 47. In reply, England lost their 4 wickets on the score of 86 runs. But after this Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler made an important partnership to take England beyond 200 runs. The partnership between the two of 110 runs in 130 balls for the fifth wicket.
England was standing on the threshold of victory. He needed 53 runs in the last 6 overs. Stokes-Butler was frozen. But Ferguson and Jimmy Neesham bowled brilliantly and once again pushed the hosts on the back foot. Ferguson broke this partnership by dismissing Jos Buttler for 59 and after that he also managed to take the wicket of Chris Woakes. Neesham made the match exciting by dismissing Liam Plunkett and Jofra Archer.
thrill of the last over
England needed 15 runs in the final over of the final. Stokes was on strike and Trent Boult was bowling in front of him. Not a single run came off Bolt’s first two balls. But on the third ball, Stokes hit a six over midwicket. After this, whatever happened on the fourth ball, it broke the hearts of the fans of New Zealand. On the fourth ball, Stokes played a shot at midwicket. Stokes ran for two runs and Martin Guptill, standing at midwicket, threw a throw towards the wicketkeeper. But the ball hit Stokes’s bat and went across the boundary line. The umpire gave England 6 runs and the result was that now England needed 3 runs off the last 2 balls.
Stokes once again tried to take two runs on the fifth ball of Boult. But in the pursuit of taking the second run, Adil Rashid was run out. The same thing happened on the last ball and Mark Wood was run out for two runs. In this way the World Cup final was tied and the match went to the Super Over, in which England became the new World Champion of ODIs by the boundary rule.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 14, 2022, 07:52 IST