England won the 2019 WC. (Source: Twitter)

England and New Zealand were involved in one of the greatest ODI matches ever that was played at Lords, London on 14th July 2019.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat first. Henry Nicholls survived LBW shout as the umpire gave it out, but Nicholls reviewed the decision and had to reverse the decision due to ball hitting above the stumps. Martin Guptill played with intent putting little pressure on England bowlers.

Woakes got the breakthrough dismissing Guptill. This time Guptill decided to review the decision but umpire upheld the decision.

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Jofra Archer and Woakes did not allow Kiwis batsmen to score runs easily. At the end of 10 overs, New Zealand scored 33 for 1.

Nicholls and Kane Williamson played with intent putting pressure on tight England bowling. Both made sure that Kiwis kept on ticking the scoreboard. Liam Plunkett provided the breakthrough for England as he dismissed Williamson with a review. The umpire gave it not out and Morgan decided to review it.

The decision was overturned as there was an edge. Williamson and Nicholls added 74 runs for the 2nd wicket.

Henry Nicholls looked solid and completed his fifty off 71 balls. Plunkett struck again to get rid of Nicholls for 55. Despite Tom Latham 47, the New Zealand batting did not anywhere as they scored a modest total of 241 for 8 in 50 overs.

Chasing 242 runs to win, England survived a close call off the very first ball as Jason Roy was given not out and Kane Williamson decided to review the decision, it was upheld due to umpire call. Roy and Bairstow played some lovely strokes.

Matt Henry produced a beauty to dismiss Jason Roy. Bairstow looked in fluent touch while Joe Root struggled with his timing. At the end of 10 overs, England scored 39 for 1.

The Kiwis bowlers kept a tight line and length not allowing England to score runs easily. De Grandhomme got the wicket of Joe Root. Ferguson dismissed dangerous Jonny Bairstow and then a brilliant catch by Ferguson put England in trouble at 86 for 4.

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Ben Stokes took some time to settle while Jos Buttler looked in brilliant touch with his stroke play. Both put pressure on the Kiwis bowlers taking singles and hitting occasional boundaries. Buttler made the batting easy to reach his fifty off 53 balls while Stokes remained steady to complete his half-century off 81 balls.

Ferguson got the important breakthrough dismissing Buttler. Buttler and Stokes added 110 runs for the 5th wicket. The Kiwis bowlers kept on picking wickets at regular intervals. With 22 runs needed off 9 balls, Stokes hit a shot in the air and Trent Boult stepped on the boundary to give England a chance.

With 15 runs required off 6 balls, Stokes could not score any runs off the first two balls. He then hit a six hitting one knee and slog sweep. In the very next ball, Martin Guptill throw deflected Stokes bat and the umpire after discussion awarded 6 runs.

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The match went down the Super Over as Mark Wood was run out of the final ball. In the Super Over, Stokes and Buttler smacked 15 runs off Trent Boult bowling. James Neesham and Martin Guptill came to bat for New Zealand in the Super Over. Neesham smacked a six of the 2nd balls from Archer bowling. With 2 runs required off the final ball, Martin Guptill was run
out taking the second run.

The Super Over was tied also as England won the World Cup title by the barest of the margin. It was an amazing World Cup final that swung from one end to another, but England held their nerves to win their first title.

For his unbeaten knock of 84, Ben Stokes was named the man of the match. Kane Williamson wa England 241 in 50 overs ( Stokes 84, Buttler 59, Ferguson 3/50, Neesham 3/43) and 15 for 0 in 1 over) beat New Zealand 241 for 8 in 50 overs ( Nicholls 55, Latham 47, Plunkett 3/42, Woakes 3/37) and 15 for 1 in 1 over) by virtue of boundary count.


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