Prime News, International Sport, Cricket, Lord’s (London, England), July 15:- England ended their 44-year wait for a maiden 50-overs ICC Cricket World Cup title by beating a gutsy New Zealand side on boundaries after a tied Super Over amidst heart-stopping drama at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.
Chasing 242 for victory, Ben Stokes’ scintillating 84 not out helped the hosts tie the see-saw contest, forcing the Super Over where more nail-biting excitement unfolded.
It was nothing less than sheer magic as the match kept tilting in the favour of England and New Zealand throughout the final overs, but eventually it was England whose 44-year-long longing ended on a Super Over, that too, on boundary count as England had 22 fours and two sixes compared to 16 by New Zealand.
With three needed off two balls, Stokes ran a desperate two but non-striker Adil Rashid was way short of his ground, leaving the hosts to score two runs off the last ball.
Batting first, New Zealand once again put up a modest batting performance under overcast conditions to post 241 for 8 as the England pace unit kept on asking probing questions.