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England win first-ever World Cup after beating New Zealand in super over

England win first-ever World Cup after beating New Zealand in super over
July 14, 2019
LORDS (AFP/Web Desk) – England made World Cup history on Sunday as they surprisingly beat New Zealand in the final clash which went to a super over after the two sides tied at 241 runs at Lord's on Sunday. With the victory, England became first-time champions in the tournament. The final match of the 2019 World Cup took an surprisingly turn at the very last ball when England reached the exact target posted by New Zealand. The host team required 2 runs from the last ball but ended up scoring only one, bringing the two sides to a draw. In the super over that followed, England set a 16-run target for New Zealand.  In a dramatic chase, the Eoin Morgan team courtesy finest innings by Ben Stokes equalized leveled the score (241) on the last delivery of the innings, taking the contest into the tournament's first and final super over. England was looking to Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler (59) to take them home after New Zealand sparked a top-order collapse but after a 110 runs crucial partnership Butler’s wicket gave a much-needed breakthrough to Willamson. Fergusson and Neesham took three wickets each, while Henry, and Grandhomme picked one wicket each. Three-times losing finalists England were in trouble at 86-4, chasing a target of 242, when Stokes and Buttler joined forces. But with 10 overs left, the host nation had recovered to 170-4, needing a further 72 runs for victory against 2015 runners-up New Zealand, also looking for a maiden World Cup win. Left-handed batsman Stokes, born in Christchurch, New Zealand, but brought up in England, was 43 not out and Buttler 42 not out. Earlier, fast bowler, Liam Plunkett dismissed New Zealand captain and star batsman Kane Williamson for just 30 before removing established opener Henry Nicholls for an innings-best 55 in a return of 3-42 from his 10 overs. Chris Woakes followed up with 3-37 as New Zealand finished on 241-8. New Zealand successfully defended a total of 239 in their shock semi-final win over India, when they reduced one of the world´s strongest batting line-up to 24-4. And Trent Boult almost struck with the first ball of England´s chase when he appealed for lbw against Jason Roy but South African umpire Marais Erasmus´s original not out the decision was upheld. Roy, who made a blistering 85 in a comfortable semi-final win over reigning champions Australia, got England going with a straight-driven four off Matt Henry. Roy and Jonny Bairstow, by average the best opening pair in one-day international history, had posted four consecutive century stands coming into the final. Early breakthrough But New Zealand got the breakthrough they needed when Henry induced Roy, on 17, to edge a full-length delivery that just carried to wicketkeeper Tom Latham. That left England , who thrashed New Zealand by 119 runs in a group match, 28-1 in the sixth over. New batsman Joe Root never looked comfortable while making seven off 30 balls and was caught behind to leave England 59-2. Bairstow had enjoyed a huge reprieve on 18 when Colin de Grandhomme dropped a routine caught-and-bowled chance but fast bowler Lockie Ferguson got him to play on for 36. Jimmy Neesham took a wicket with his first ball, with England captain Eoin Morgan falling for just nine when an uppercut was brilliantly caught low down by Ferguson running in from deep point. But Stokes and Buttler revived England with some well-struck boundaries. Williamson chose to bat after winning the toss in overcast conditions and on a green pitch but opener Martin Guptill, the leading run-scorer at the 2015 World Cup, was lbw to Woakes for 19. That left number three Williamson, who started the match with 548 runs in the tournament at an average of 91.33, having to mount yet another rescue mission. But after putting on 74 for the second wicket with Nicholls, he fell when he edged a rising cross-seamer from Plunkett to wicketkeeper Buttler. New Zealand found themselves 118-3 when Plunkett struck for the second time in 14 balls. Nicholls, who had completed a 71-ball fifty, was out for 55 when he played on after being cramped for room by a Plunkett delivery that curved back into him and veteran Ross Taylor could only manage 15 before falling lbw to Mark Wood. Latham defiantly hit Wood for six but his valuable 47 off 56 balls ended when he chipped a low Woakes full toss to mid-off. Toss: New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first against England. Both teams will enter the ground with no change in their formations to looking to win first World Cup. Neither England nor New Zealand have ever claimed the biggest title in the history of cricket. Early morning rain delayed start of play until 10:45 BS. England defeated Australia at Edgbaston to reach fourth CWC final while New Zealand thrashed India to face England in the finals. England captain Eoin Morgan said it would have been a "50/50 call" and was "not at all" disappointed to be bowling first. Both teams are unchanged from the semifinals. A new cricket champion will be crowned as neither side has won the World Cup before. England are in the title match for the fourth time, and the first since 1992, while New Zealand are playing in a second final, after losing to Australia in 2015. New Zealand made it to the final after a dramatic win against India in the first semi-final of the tournament which went into a second day of play due to rain. England secured their place in the final following an 8-wicket victory against defending champions Australia in the second semi-final. Squad: England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Tom Latham (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
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