Martin Guptill struck the shot well but it was not enough for two runs and Joss Buttler did a dramatic run-out to lead England to World Cup triumph at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Buttler scored seven and Ben Stokes made eight runs to set New Zealand to chase 15 runs in super over. New Zealand fell a run short to the target to hand last over eliminator to England.
Stokes remained in the picture of the entire final contest as he scored fighting 84 runs off 98 balls to put England in the driving seat. Two runs needed of Boult’s last ball, Stokes played it with soft hands and ran for a run but Mark Wood on the other wasn’t quick enough to complete the second run which ended the match in a tie.
Earlier, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett picked up three wickets each to reduce New Zealand to 241-8 in 50 overs.
Both bowlers bowled brilliantly conceding 37 and 42 runs respectively in their 10 overs spell in front of a mesmerizing home crowd at Home of Cricket.
New Zealand, who are playing their second consecutive World Cup final, were off to a decent start against the opponent as they scored runs at a scoring rate of 5 runs per over in the first five overs without losing a wicket.
Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first. As New Zealand’s openers came out to bat, the bowling duo of Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer tested Martin Guptill and Henry Nichols, but they survived the scare started to score comparatively freely in the third over.
They contributed 24 runs together in the first five overs, with Guptill being the main aggressor. New Zealand fans and the management must be expecting an explosive inning from the man as he has not done anything significant so far in the tournament with the bat.
As Guptill started to look dangerous, Woakes trapped in front of the stumps with a beautiful incoming delivery, which struck his back pad. Though the Kiwi batsman took the review, but three reds on the screen forced him to go back to the dressing room.
The scoring came down after New Zealand lost their flamboyant opener, they managed to reach 50 runs in 13.4 overs at a strike rate of significantly below 4.
As the Blackcaps’ skipper settled down at the crease, he looked to improve the scoring rate alongside his batting partner Nicholls. After a few quiet overs, the Kiwi pair started to score freely and took their side to 91/1 at the end of 20 overs.
As the runner ups of World Cup 2015 looked in control, Liam Plunkett got the big fish, Kane Williamson when he managed to get a faint nick of him which was caught by Jos Buttler behind the stumps. Kumar Dharmasena did not give it out initially, but the DRS helped England’s cause. He scored 30 off 53 balls.
On the other hand, Nicholls kept ticking the scoreboard and reached a well-fought half-century at a strike rate of around 70. However, the left-handed batsman could not translate his inning into a big one as Plunkett undone him with a well-pitched delivery, which took his inside edge and disturbed the stumps.
After losing two quick wickets, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham joined hands to once again stabilize New Zealand’s ship. The two were doing a decent job with 23 runs in 6.2 overs, but Mark Wood got the experienced Taylor on the first delivery of his comeback spell.
As New Zealand’s all-rounder Jimmy Neesham came out to bat, he looked completely at home as he was middling the ball from the first delivery he faced. He and Latham were looking to get their side to a decent position by contributing 32 runs in 34 deliveries, but after striking a boundary off Plunkett, he followed it with a rash shot and found Joe Root at mid-wicket who took an easy catch, he scored 19 off 25 deliveries.
Liam Plunkett bowled a superb spell in the all-important final, where he took three crucial wickets of Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, and Jimmy Neesham, for just 42 runs. Whereas, Woakes removed Guptill, Latham, and Grandhomme.
In reply, England were not off to a good start as they lost Jason Roy earlier on 28 runs. Matt Henry was outstanding with the ball keeping it nice and full to get rid of Dangerous man. Roy scored 17 runs.
A crucial 110 runs partnership between Jos Buttler and Stokes turned the situation for England. Buttler scored 59 runs off 60 balls.
Lockie Ferguson and Jimmy Neesham were prominent bowlers for New Zealand as they shared three wickets apiece.