At the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, hosts England and New Zealand gave it their all in the final of the 2019 World Cup. The contest had a number of twists and turns. In the 100 overs, both the Brits and the Black Caps scored 241 runs, which meant that the game went into the Super Over. Ben Stokes took on Trent Boult in the last over to take the match to the one-over eliminator.
Stokes stayed unbeaten on 84 and he was well supported by Jos Buttler, who also got a half-century. In the first half of their run-chase, the home team had already lost the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan to find themselves in the shambles. Stokes and Buttler stitched a 100 plus stand to pull their team out of the pits. After Buttler got out, the onus was on Stokes.
In the Super Over, Jofra Archer and Trent Boult were given the responsibility of restricting the opposition. The Brits put 15 on the board following which James Neesham deposited Archer into the stands to bring the game in the balance. However, to the Kiwis’ dismay, with a couple needed off the last ball, Martin Guptill got run out and their dreams were dashed then and there.
England was crowned as the champions on ‘superior boundary count’. The Black Caps’ performances impressed one and all, one of them was Virender Sehwag. The former Indian batsman said that Kane Williamson and Co have garnered more fans in India. He was happy to see Williamson smiling even after a tie.
The swashbuckling Sehwag took to Twitter and wrote, “New Zealand had many fans in India and today they have won many more, by their calmness and spirit. Kane Williamson, smiling after the tie. Beautiful to see #CWC19Final,”
Here is Sehwag’s tweet
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 14, 2019
In the meantime, Michael Vaughan, the former English cricketer agreed with his words on appreciating the Black Caps. But he also reminded Viru that the game didn’t end in a tie and the Brits won the trophy. “I agree on Viru .. Great ambassador for the game .. But 1 thing .. It wasn’t a tie in the end !!”,
Here is Vaughan’s reply
I agree Viru .. Great ambassador for the game .. But 1 thing .. It wasn’t a tie in the end !! https://t.co/YzKrFx0BmR
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 15, 2019
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