England Finally brings the ICC World Cup Home and the Country is Ecstatic About it
Since the inception of the ICC World Cup in 1975, England had never once won the World Cup. The country has been waiting for the Trophy since forever. They had advanced to the finals in three times in 1979, 1987 and 1992 but had never won the Trophy. In 2019, after a long period of 17 years of entering into the Final, England had not only qualified for the Final but also stood victorious.
England had started the 2019 World Cup on an extremely positive note. The team was better than ever before with players like Eoin Morgan (C), Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, etc. All the players were in complete form and it was ecstatic to see them crush South Africa after scoring a huge total of 311. The team was defeated in its second match by Pakistan but then went on to gain massive victories against Bangladesh, West Indies, and Afghanistan.
Set back afoot by Sri Lanka, and Australia, England won the later League matches against India and New Zealand. It had secured 12 points and stood third in the Leagues preceded by India and Australia. England’s played the Semifinal against Australia and secured a spectacular victory against the defending Champions to enter the finals against New Zealand.
The final that had taken place between New Zealand and England in the Lord’s Stadium of London was a historic one. New Zealand batted first and scored a total of 241 with Henry Nicholls scoring 55, Kane Williamson scoring 30, and Tom Latham scoring 47. England batted next and scored the exact score in the span of 50 overs with Ben Stokes scoring 84 runs, Jos Buttler scoring 59 runs, and Jonny Bairstow scoring 36 runs.
The match was a tie and super over was introduced to break the tie. In the super over, England batted first and scored 15 runs. Ben Stokes and Buttler were the batsmen from England and Trent Boult was the Bowler from New Zealand. New Zealand batsmen James Neesham and Martin Guptill came on to the ground next, and scored the exact total scored by England in the bowling of Jofra Archer. With the Super Over being a tie, England was decided as the winner as the team had scored a higher number of boundaries in the innings.
The game was thrilling than any other Cricket World Cup played till date. It had viewers sit on the edge of their seats for more than 3 straight overs and a super over. After a spectacular 50 over tie and an electrifying super-over tie, England stood out to be the final victor and walked away with the World Cup 2019 Trophy.
Ben Stokes was awarded the player of the match award and New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson earned the Player of the Series award.