England win Maiden World Cup after Super Over Drama
London: In a do or die match, the 12th Edition World Cup organizer England won the final match despite a super over tie against New Zealand. This is the first time England won the coveted title and is also the first time when a 50 over world cup was decided after the super over.
Chasing 16 in the Super Over, New Zealand managed 15 but England won because they scored more boundaries in the match and in the Super Over. It was nothing less than sheer magic as the match kept tilting in the favour of England and New Zealand throughout the final overs.
Chasing the target of 242 runs, the hosts could score 241 runs losing 8 wickets in 50 overs and the match was a tie.
In the Super Over, England batted first and the duo of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler made 15 runs, and New Zealand also ended at the same score but for the loss of one wicket, paving the way for an English victory on boundary count.
However, it was not that easy for the English team to win the World Cup trophy and with this victory, a new name got added to the World Cup Winner’s list. England’s triumph was the culmination of a remarkable rise over the past four years.
While hosts celebrated, it was another heart-breaking loss for New Zealand, who also finished as runners-up in the previous World Cup in 2015 after losing to Australia in the final.