The final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was not for the people with weak hearts. It had every emotion, everything ranging everything from heartbreak to joy. The final was a great ambassador for the game. It surely made up for some damp squibs in the league stages. The rules of the game divided some people, but how the teams played didn't.
England was the pre-tournament favourites. They went into the final being the same. There was a slim chance of an upset. But New Zealand showed in the semi-finals that they are not to be taken lightly. The final exactly showed that. They batted first and huffed and puffed their way to an average score of 241. Against the batting superpower of England, that was not a high score. Though there was some spice in the wicket and if one team knows how to use the conditions that is New Zealand. They almost got a wicket on the first ball.
New Zealand always tends to fly under the radar. Many people in their predictions gave them a semi spot, but no one saw them as the winners. They have a proud record at the ICC tournaments and have reached semis more than India. They are a brilliant bowling and fielding side. Through their fielding, they almost save 25 runs in every match. Kane Williamson is currently the world's best captain. His captaincy skills are astute, and he chokes the opposition team. That was visible in both knockout matches.
That's why New Zealand had belief in them that they can restrict mighty England. They kept taking regular wickets, and England were 86/4. Howerver, the one wicket they didn't get to manage was of Ben Stokes. He is England's go-to man in crisis. Adverse situations seem to bring the best out of him. He stitched a brilliant 110 run partnership with Jos Buttler. After that partnership, England regularly lost wickets. But Stokes didn't give up. He never does. He hit some fantastic shots and reduced the equation to 9 from 3.
That's when came the moment of the match. Stokes hit a ball to mid-wicket and came scampering back for the second. He realised that he might that run out and thus put in the dive. The ball ricocheted from his bat and went for four runs. The gods were smiling for England. But New Zealand didn't give up. They took the match to a super over and tied that too. They lost the match to England's superior boundary count.
Not many people are happy about this rule. They say that ICC always favours the batsman. Why couldn't they count the number of wickets? That is a valid point. But the rules are the same for everyone. England got the rub of the green this time. That's sports, and that's why we love it.