England broke their World Cup duck by winning a thrilling final, after a super over, on the basis that they had scored more boundaries than New Zealand throughout the course of the game. The game was initially tied after 100 overs of cricket and it came down to the super over. England scored 15 and needed to restrict New Zealand to that or less to win the match and they did just that as the Kiwis were left stranded on 15 with Martin Guptill getting run out of the last ball. In the morning, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat first. They were good with the bat up until the 25th over, but England kept picking up wickets and didn’t allow them to get away.. A score of 241 was posted, which by no means was over par, but it felt enough to challenge the England batting on a tacky pitch with the pressure of a World Cup final added. The home side struggled their way to 86-4 and it seemed as if things were starting to go against them, but a brilliant partnership between Ben Stokes and Jos Butter brought the home team back in it. The latter got out when 46 runs were needed and wickets fell regularly from that point on. It came down to the last over and Stokes took it upon himself to score 14 runs (four of them with some huge, huge luck after a ricochet off his bat sent the ball to the boundary) thus sending the game to the super over. Here’s how we rated the players of both teams after a tremendous game of cricket:
Jason Roy - 5
Flirted with danger during his short innings of 17 and when he got out, it felt as if chasing 242 would not be easy for England. Though, the magic moment was produced by Roy when he threw at the right end to run Guptill out in the last ball of the super over.
Jonny Bairstow - 7
Bairstow was electric in the field and scored an important 36 with the bat to give his team some sort of a start.
Joe Root - 4
Scoring seven off 30 balls while chasing in a World Cup final was not what the doctor ordered and Root really struggled to get anything away and eventually he got out to a horrible shot as he chased a wide delivery.
Eoin Morgan - 7
The captain didn’t bat too well but he captained the side very well. He took some tough decisions right throughout the course of 51 overs in the field.
Ben Stokes - 10
He single-handedly pulled England through to the Super Over and played superbly in that, despite being physically exhausted. A World Cup winning performance if ever there was one!
Jos Buttler - 8
Formed a good partnership with Stokes but got out at the wrong time. Scored some crucial runs in the super over then did his bit when the throw came in to run Guptill out.
Chris Woakes - 8
Bowled well in the first and last phase of the New Zealand innings. He was one of the main reasons why the Kiwis didn’t cross the 250 mark.
Liam Plunkett - 9
Plunkett kept his good work going with the ball by taking three crucial wickets in the middle of the innings to stall New Zealand’s progress. Scored 10 crucial runs with the bat as well.
Jofra Archer - 9
Archer was phenomenal with the ball in the normal game and the youngster held his nerve just enough to bowl England to World Cup glory.
Adil Rashid - 6
Rashid was economical in the middle of the innings and never allowed the batsmen to get away.
Mark Wood - 8
The paceman bowled with pace, accuracy and remained consistent throughout his 10 overs.
Martin Guptill - 5
Started well with the ball but fell when things began going his way, and he used up a crucial review, one that came back to bit his side. He faced the last ball of the super over and was eventually left stranded five yards away from World Cup glory. Heart-breaking that!
Henry Nicholls - 7
Nicholls played well and got a deserving half-century. He set the innings up for the Kiwis.
Kane Williamson - 8
Batted well and captained his side superbly until the last ball of the game. Gave a fittingly incredible post-match interview to boot.
Ross Taylor - 6
Taylor was starting to look good when a wrongly-adjudged LBW was given. He had no review to take as Guptill used it up at the wrong time.
Tom Latham - 8
Latham played well for his 47 and held the back end of the New Zealand innings together. Kept wicket well too.
James Neesham - 8
Neesham batted and bowled well in the normal game and almost scored the runs required in the super over to win New Zealand the game. It was just not meant to be for the Kiwis.
Colin de Grandhomme - 7
Grandhomme really struggled with the bat but bowled exceptionally well throughout his spell.
Mitchell Santner - 5
Came on to bat very late and surprisingly bowled only three overs. Might regret ducking out of the way of the last ball of New Zealand’s innings!
Matt Henry - 9
Henry began exceptionally well with the bowl, got the important wicket of Roy and looked threatening throughout.
Trent Boult - 7
Boult bowled the tough overs and did so very well. He held his nerves to inflict run outs in the last over. However, him just stepping over the boundary in the normal game to hand Stokes a life in the penultimate over was a crucial error, as was his decision to run out Adil Rashid and not Ben Stokes in the last over.
Lockie Ferguson - 9
Ferguson bowled well in every spell and claimed three crucial wickets to stifle England’s chase throughout.