England crowned Cricket World Cup champions for 1st time

Tanya Simon
July 15, 2019

Despite strong resistance from Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, the fall of Buttler saw the English tail collapse at a rate of knots, and by the time the final over came up England were shockingly 13 runs short of the total. The team also lost to Australia in 2015.

They dismantled India and New Zealand to storm into the semi-finals, where they crushed Australia with another ruthless display of all-round excellence.

In the 50-over spell, both England and New Zealand registered scores of 241. With two required off the final ball, the Kiwis were heartbroken as Guptill's desperate dive could not save and England celebrated knowing that they had won on boundary count. Kane Williamson took home the Player of the tournament for scoring 578 runs.

Plunkett dismissed both batsmen just when the partnership was looking unsafe and he eventually finished with 3-42. As expected, New Zealand supporters worldwide took to social media to express their anger.

The left-handed Neesham had put his team ahead by hitting a six off Archer and on the fifth ball he took a single when three were needed off two balls.

England could have been in a bigger hole had de Grandhomme not dropped a waist-high return catch from Bairstow, then on 18.

There were heroes everywhere in blue shirts, not least Buttler, whose clean catch and grab ultimately won England one of the most dramatic finishes of a match in any sport.

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While it has been a tournament that has seen teams struggle to score in the range of 300-350, the Kiwis have scored lesser, but defended really well. The first two balls were a dot, Stokes shuffled across for the third delivery and swatted a full ball on off over deep mid-wicket.

Man-of-the-match Stokes was in the thick of it again when a ball thrown into the keeper cannoned off his bat as he stretched to make his ground on a second run - and rushed away to the Lord's boundary.

Ms Ardern said she spoke to Auckland Mayor Phil Goff quite early this morning about how to welcome the players back. "You can't nitpick, it just wasn't meant to be". A review of the footage of the incident shows clearly that, at the moment the ball was released by the New Zealand fielder, Martin Guptill, Stokes and his partner, Adil Rashid, had not yet crossed for their second run.

"The guys are shattered at the moment - it is devastating". "In a lot of my press conferences I have spoken about "uncontrollables" and there were a couple today that were pretty hard to swallow".

Showing why he is ranked as the world's top all-rounder in ODIs, Shakib made the most of his promotion to the number three position, accumulating 606 runs and also picking up 11 wickets.

"And I think the way you play it and obviously getting into different stages of the tournament and it attracts a little bit of attention and we can only hope that the people back home enjoyed what we were able to achieve and hopefully the way that we played the game, I just hope that there was that enjoyment and perhaps a few kids might start playing a bit of cricket and all these sorts of things".

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