100 overs of cricket followed by the super over couldn't produce a winner in the final of World Cup. But England celebrated and New Zealand mourned as hosts won the World Cup by hitting more boundaries. Cricket fraternity is not particularly happy about it and took to Twitter to express their views.
New Zealand scored 241/8 after winning the toss and opting to bat at the Lord's. England's run chase ended at 241, all out off the last ball of the match. The game went into the super over where both the teams scored 15 and tie stood as it is at the end of 12 balls. ICC's rule says that in case super over too fails to break the tie then the team that hit more boundaries (fours and sixes combined) will win the game. The hosts won the World Cup as they hit 26 boundaries as compared to 17 by the Kiwi batsmen. The entire cricket fraternity wished England for winning their maiden World Cup title and also expressed their displeasure on Twitter for ICC's rule of considering more boundaries a legitimate measure.
Here are the Tweets:
Terrific knock & excellent effort by @benstokes38, especially given the pressures of the World Cup Final.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 14, 2019
Special talent!#KaneWilliamson continues to impress. Loved the way he played & carried himself & his team right through the #CWC19.#ManOfTheMatch #ManOfTheTournament pic.twitter.com/LtXvkg3hCT
Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) July 14, 2019
A game that ebbed and flowed from the 1st ball to the 612th!— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 14, 2019
Feel for New Zealand 🇳🇿 who did everything that England 🏴 did and still fell short.
Congratulations to England.#CWC19 #NZvENG @ECB_cricket @BLACKCAPS pic.twitter.com/FlEJb0NfId
Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 14, 2019
Jimmy Neesham was thinking about quitting cricket a year ago and nearly won the World Cup for his country today.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 14, 2019
Ben Stokes after what happened in the T20 WC final in 2016 , won the match for his country today.
Lesson sport teaches- Never give up and keep dreaming #EngvsNZ
Don't understand how the game of such proportions, the #CWC19Final, is finally decided on who scored the most boundaries. A ridiculous rule @ICC. Should have been a tie. I want to congratulate both @BLACKCAPS & @englandcricket on playing out a nail biting Final. Both winners imo.— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) July 14, 2019
Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 15, 2019
Special mention to @benstokes38 .. What a story .. What a incredible comeback from adversity .. He won’t know yet but over the years will understand how many kids will be trying to play exactly like him .. #CWC19— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 14, 2019
My heart goes out to Kane Williamson and @BLACKCAPS. But congratulations for playing with dignity and class. You made a lot more friends and did your country proud.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 14, 2019
Difficult to digest this more boundary rule. Something like sudden death- continuous super overs till a result is a better solution. Understand, wanting a definite winner but sharing a trophy is better than deciding on more boundaries. Very tough on New Zealand. #EngVsNZ— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 14, 2019
AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) July 14, 2019
Unbelievable scenes at Lords cricket grnd. Cricket 🏏 has emerged as a real Winner. Congratulations 2 @ECB_cricket on winning d first @cricketworldcup ever. Heart goes 2 @BLACKCAPS They hav given there all in this tournament @StarSportsIndia @ICC— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) July 14, 2019
My heart goes for the #Kiwis! Exceptional performance!— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) July 14, 2019
England are a boundary hitting team...NZ are accumulators. In the end, the new brand of English cricket came to their rescue. More boundaries. Investment of four long years paid off...on the biggest night. Well done, England. #CWC19 #EngvNZ— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 14, 2019
Unbelievable finish. Best finish imaginable to a world up final. Congrats to England on their first. Well played to both teams really for the theatre.— ian bishop (@irbishi) July 14, 2019
Low scoring game but what a finish, I thought @JimmyNeesh had it but cricket is a strange game!! Lovely character display from @BLACKCAPS but it's the English men who've have finally made the game's biggest trophy their own!#CWC19Final #ENGvNZ— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 14, 2019
In the end it was more boundaries that could separate the two teams. Congratulations England, Heart goes out for New Zealand. Will take a long time sinking in #EngvsNZ— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 14, 2019
Big Big Congratulations to @englandcricket!— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) July 14, 2019
Never ever seen a #CWCFinals like this one.
My heart goes out for @BLACKCAPS who scored the exact same amount of runs and should have shared the #CWC19 with England.#CWC19 #NZvENG #CWC2019 pic.twitter.com/pSYzRlgmav
Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 14, 2019
Neither Team deserved to lose that .. What a day for Cricket .. that is how it inspire a new generation of cricketers .. #CWC19— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 14, 2019
I don’t agree with that rule ! But rules are rules congratulations to England on finally winning the World Cup , my heart goes out for the kiwis they fought till the end 😥. Great game an epic final !!!! #CWC19Final— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 14, 2019
Congratulations England 🏴 The World champions . #WorldCup2019— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) July 14, 2019
Cruel!— Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) July 14, 2019
Congratulations to England!— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) July 14, 2019
Commiserations New Zealand.
I’ve got to say that it’s a horrible way to decide the winner. This rule has to change.
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