Save your legs New Zealand Martin Guptill along with Henry Nicholls provided Kiwis a steady start but just when the partnership looked like it's going to threaten England, Woakes removed Guptill. Woakes nipped one at him and Guptill failed to respond. He played around an inducker and was trapped in front. Trusting the bounce at Lord's, Guptill reviewed the decision but the ball tracker concluded that the ball would have gone on to hit the top of middle. Guptill didn't just lose his wicket; New Zealand lost their only review available in the seventh over. Earlier his opening Partner Henry Nicholls survived a similar call in the third over but Guptill was not as lucky.
He nicked it, yes he did Jason Roy was robbed of a definite ton against Australia due to an umpiring blunder. Kumar Dharmasena raised his finger to an appeal where Roy didn't even get close to the ball. He had no reviews left and hence he had to walk. The demon came back to haunt England again in the final. Plunkett had Kane Williamson edge one to the keeper but the umpires remained unmoved. Fortunately England had their exorcist with them this time around, the DRS. They reviewed the decision and the edge was found thanks to ultra-edge technology. Williamson had to walk back and it was a huge blow to New Zealand.
James Vince or James wins? James Vince had limited opportunities at the world cup with the Willow but he did the job in field. 'Catches wins matches' is a famous proverb and James Vince proved why. He grabbed two stunners in the outfield in slog overs which restricted New Zealand below 250.
A ripper, but not good enough "I can't believe that, I can't believe that, first ball of the innings" exclaimed Ian Smith, the commentator, as Trent Boult bowled the first ball of the innings. Boult did what he usually does, a perfect seaming delivery, which nipped back at Roy who had no answer to it. Everyone was impressed except the umpire Maurice Erasmus who declared it not out. Kane Williamson reviewed the decision after a bit of thought but it went in vain. The ball tracker revealed that around 48% of the ball would have hit the stumps and hence, it remained as 'Umpire's call'. Roy survived and went on to make 17.
Butter fingers Johhny Bairstow, one of the top ODI batsmen in the world and at the 2019 World Cup, had a reprieve when Collin De Grandhomme dropped him in the 11th over of his own bowling. He pitched it full and Bairstow drove at it casually. It popped up in the air but De Grandhomme reacted a bit late and spilled an easy opportunity. Although De Grandhomme went on to dismiss Joe Roots a few overs later, Bairstow went on to score an important 36.
Mother of all catches Morgan and Stokes had the responsibility to bail England out of trouble after they were restricted to 71 for 3. England introduced their fifth bowler, Jimmy Neesham in the 24th over and he removed Morgan immediately. But it was not the bowler's wicket. The ball was short and wide, waiting to be whacked. Morgan treated it the way it should have been but probably he was not aware of Lockie Ferguson at the deep point. Lockie charged in, dived in front and grabbed the ball before it could touch the turf. Jimmy turned around, thinking that it's not a clean catch and Morgan went on to complete the single. Umpires referred it to the TV umpire and the replays revealed that Lockie grabbed it way above the ground. Morgan stood there in disbelief for a few seconds before making his way back to the pavilion leaving England at 87 for 4.
Caught and a Six Despite being a bowler, Trent Boult is one of the best outfielders of this decade. We have seen more than 10 brilliant catches being plucked out of nowhere by Trent Boult. Ben Stokes swept a full length ball from Jimmy Neesham towards deep square leg where Trent Boult grabbed it brilliantly but unfortunately the momentum took him over the ropes and he was a bit late to realize about where the ropes actually are. He would have thrown it away to Martin Guptil 8 out of 10 times but, unfortunately, not yesterday.
Six off a dive England needed 15 to win the world cup off the last over. Trent Boult had the responsibility to defend it. Boult nailed a Yorker of the first ball to which Stokes could only dig out to the mid off. Next one, pretty similar and the equation came down to 15 from 4. Boult missed his length off the third and Stokes sent it over deep midwicket for a six. The game was alive again but whatever happened off the next ball will be a topic of discussion for a few generations to come. Stokes clubbed the fourth ball to midwicket and ran back for a suicidal double. Guptill nailed in a throw and it looked like that the game is over right there for a second but destiny had something else for New Zealand. Stokes dived at the last moment; the ball struck his overstretched bat and raced past the keeper for four. What could have been a run out and a game for New Zealand, bought the equation down to 3 off 2.
It's a super over Just when you thought the drama was over, a couple of run outs along with a run (Yeah that's right, two run outs, and two runs) resulted in a tie. According to the regulations of the world cup, the game went into a super over. After the 'Six of dive'-Boult nailed in a Yorker off the fifth ball and Stokes flat batted it to long off and ran a second which was never there. Although England lost a wicket, Stokes got the strike back. With 2 required off last ball, Boult delivered a low full toss which Stokes tapped to the long on and ran for another suicidal double. Wood fell short of his ground by a mile and the game was tied. First ever tie in a world cup final.
England won, 26-17 England racked up 15 off the super over thanks to a couple of boundaries and some brilliant running between the wickets by Stokes and Butler. Jofra Archer, in his first ever world cup and at an age of 24 was given the responsibility to defend 16 in the super over. He started off with a wide and then gave away 10 off next three. After a bit of tussle between the two teams, the situation came down to where it was around 40 minutes ago; just the role of the teams were reversed. New Zealand needed 3 off 2 balls. Archer nailed in a Yorker, Neesham dug it somehow and ran off. Now New Zealand needed 2 off 1. Archer nailed in another Yorker and Guptill gave it a whack. The field was set exactly for that shot. Guptill had to complete the suicidal double but he failed. The super over got tied but the celebrations began in the English dugout as they knew they scored 26 boundaries against New Zeland's 17. England won it 26-17. The greatest ever world cup final and one of the greatest ever ODI games concluded with the English crowed celebrating their first ever world cup title. The Kiwis looked shattered after being robbed of it by the controversial ICC laws.
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