After 44-year wait, England win most sensational final in World Cup history


LONDON: 241 vs 241; 15 vs 15; 27 vs 16. The greatest World Cup final of all time and perhaps the greatest ODI game ever was tied after the regular 50 overs, and after two Super Overs. The deciding tie-breaker, the number of boundaries hit, was the only area where England and New Zealand, the two finalists were separated, and in the face of all the incredible drama leading up to it, this difference felt almost arbitrary and abstract. Nevertheless, England finally managed to lift the trophy for the first time, as New Zealand ended empty-handed for the second consecutive final.

Thefinal witnessed a first-ever super-over in which England came out triumphant as they had scored more boundaries in the match to lift their maiden 50-over World Cup on Sunday at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The winner could not be decided as both the normal 50 overs and super-over action ended up in a tie.

In the super over, England scored 15 runs and they were able to restrict New Zealand to 15 runs, and they won the match as they had scored more boundaries in the match. In the 50-over spell, both England and New Zealand registered scores of 241.

Brief scores: England 241/10 (Ben Stokes 84*, Jos Buttler 59, Lockie Ferguson 3-50) and New Zealand 241/8 ( Henry Nicholls 55, Tom Latham 74, Chris Woakes 3-37) Super Over score: England 15/0 and New Zealand 15/1. (ANI)