England win their first-ever World Cup after beating New Zealand in nerve-wrecking super over
England made World Cup history on Sunday as they brilliantly defeated New Zealand in the final 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 unexpected 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. At the end of the earlier outcome, the excitement was palpable as ESPNcricinforeported: “Boult to Stokes, 1 run, OUT, Holy Moly! It’s a freaking tie. We’re not done yet. We will have a Super Over to decide the winner of the 2019 World Cup final.” Needing to surpass New Zealand’s 241-8 to win the World Cup for the first time, England ended on 241 all out after Mark Wood was run out off the final ball. That meant both teams would get one over each to bat, facing six balls each with a maximum of three batsmen. The team who score the highest total will be crowned world champions. Before Wood (0) walked, Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid were also out for a duck. Jos Buttler (59), Chris Woakes (2) and Liam Plunkett fell within a few balls of each other. With the steady fall of dismissals it began to appear New Zealand had gained. However, the last two overs saw England put up a brilliant fight.