The 48th and final game of the 2019 Cricket World Cup will take place on Sunday as hosts England take on New Zealand at The Home of Cricket, Lords. For the last six weeks crowds up and down the country have been entertained by big sixes, arrow-like yorkers, delicious drives and brutal bouncers. It’s been a fantastic tournament in this summer of cricket and it all comes to an end with a new name being engraved on the trophy. The 2019 World Cup will live long in the memory with lots of memorable moments. From the first game with Stokes’ catch against South Africa, to the semi-finals with drama across the two games involving India, New Zealand, England and Australia, cricket fans have been treated to six weeks of brilliance. We’ve picked out ten of the most memorable moments of this World cup, some good, some bad, but all memorable.
THAT Ben Stokes catch
The first game of the tournament and a moment that will last for decades. Ben Stokes takes an outrageous one-handed diving catch to remove Phehlukwayo of South Africa as England cruise to an opening victory.
Warner's 166 against Bangladesh
A smattering of boos greeted David Warner every time he came to the crease at this World Cup. He silenced his critics and then some with a brilliant 166 off 147 balls as Australia beat Bangladesh at Trent Bridge. Warner wasn’t the only one in the runs with it being the highest-scoring game of the tournament with a combined 714 runs between the two sides.
Shami's Hat-trick saves India
India against Afghanistan should have been an easy victory for the former, yet Afghanistan pushed India all the way, chasing just 224. It all came crashing down for Afghanistan as Mohammad Shami took a brilliant hat-trick to end their innings as India breathed a huge sigh of relief. It was just the 10th hat-trick in World Cup history, the 11th followed this tournament when Trent Boult took one against Australia.
Roy vs Smith 6, 6, 6
It’s fair to say Steve Smith isn’t the most popular man in England. So when Arron Finch asked him to bowl in the semi-final against England at Edgbaston he was always going to be in for a tough time from the crowd. 1, wide, 1. Not the worst start by Smith. Then Jason Roy hit three sixes in a row the third still in orbit now to put England on the brink of victory and into their first final in nearly three decades.
Guptill runs out Dhoni
Guptill has had an underwhelming World Cup with the bat but there wasn’t a single Kiwi fan in the world that cared about that when he ran out MS Dohni in the semi-final against India. With just one stump to aim at from 30-yards, Guptil took aim and broke the crucial partnership as New Zealand reached the final.
Ice cold Williamson
New Zealand started the tournament on fire winning their first four games. But at Edgbaston against South Africa, they needed eight off the last over to preserve their perfect start. A single off the first saw Williamson on strike against Phehlukwayo. The coolest customer in Birmingham then smacked a huge six to bring up his century and tie the scores. Next ball? Four. Kane Williamson, ice cold.
Gulbadin throws a win away
Afghanistan left this World Cup with zero wins, but they should have beaten Pakistan and only have one man to blame. With Pakistan needing 46 off 30 and the Afghan’s spin options keeping them quiet Gulbadin decided to give himself the 46th over… 18 runs later and Pakistan became clear favourites. Gulbadin bowls the final over with Pakistan needing just six as they kept their semi-final hopes alive with two balls to spare.
Starc rips through New Zealand
Mitchell Starc had a brilliant World Cup, taking 27 wickets. Five of those come against New Zeland for just 26 runs including the crucial wicket of Williamson as Australia cruised to an 86 run victory.
Morgan goes six crazy
Eoin Morgan went six crazy against Afghanistan at Old Trafford as he hit a monstrous 148 off just 71 balls which included a world record 17 sixes! England also posted the highest score of the tournament ending their innings on 397/6.
Brathwaite nearly completes the miracle
New Zealand vs West Indies was a thriller. Setting 292 to win, the Windies started well thanks to Gayle but their innings looked set to fizzle out. Step forward Carlos Brathwaite. Needing 33 off 12 balls it looked all but over for the West Indies. Brathwaite then hit 25 off the 49th over leaving them needing just eight off six! Brathwaite then sent another in the air hurtling towards the rope, was this the moment? No. Neesham takes the catch on the boundary and West Indies fall five runs short.