England ended their 44-year wait for a World Cup One-Day International title (ODI) title by beating New Zealand based on boundaries after a historic Super Over tie in the end at the famous Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, England on Sunday.
Chasing 242 for victory, Ben Stokes’ brilliant 84 not out helped the hosts tie the see-saw contest, forcing a Super Over in a nail-biting finish.
Joe Butler and Stokes took 15 runs off Trent Bolt’s Super Over without losing a wicket.
New Zealand also scored 15 runs off Barbadian-born Jofra Archer’s over but England won on boundary count, triggering wild celebration among English fans.
The Black Caps needed two to win from the final ball in Archer’s over but a superb thrown from Jason Roy in the deep saw Martin Guptil being run out attempting a second run to take the prestigious title, as Kane Williamson’s team finished runner-up for the successive men’s World Cup.
Jimmy Neeshan had struck a magnificent six to leave New Zealand with seven to win from four balls but the game ended in a tie again with England prevailing by more boundaries.