England won on boundary count after a tied Super OverDate14 July 2019VenueLord’s, LondonPlayer of the MatchBen Stokes (Eng)UmpiresKumar Dharmasena (SL; on-field)
Marais Erasmus (SA; on-field)
Rod Tucker (Aus; TV umpire)
Aleem Dar (Pak; reserve umpire)
Ranjan Madugalle (SL; match referee)← 2015 2023 →
The 2019 Cricket World Cup Final was a One Day International cricket match played at Lord’s in London, England, on 14 July 2019 to determine the winner of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. It was contested by the runners-up from the previous tournament, New Zealand, and the host nation, England. It was the fifth time Lord’s hosted the Cricket World Cup Final, the most of any ground.
The two teams were tied on 241 runs at the end of the match, resulting in a Super Over being played to break the tie. On the final ball of New Zealand’s Super Over, after equalling the 15 runs England managed in their over, Martin Guptill attempted to score the winning run but was run out by wicket-keeper Jos Buttler, meaning the Super Over was also tied. England won as a result of scoring nine more boundaries throughout the match, thus becoming Cricket World Cup winners for the first time.
It was the first time a One Day International match required a Super Over, and subsequently the first time it had been decided by a boundary count. The match has been described as one of the greatest and most dramatic in the history of cricket, with some analysts describing it as the greatest match in history of one-day cricket.
- 1 Background
- 2 Road to the final
- 2.1 Route to Final
- 2.2 New Zealand
- 2.3 England
- 3 Match
- 3.1 Match officials
- 3.2 Details
- 4 Reaction
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Main article: 2019 Cricket World Cup
The 2019 Cricket World Cup started on 30 May and was hosted by England and Wales. Ten teams played each other once in a round-robin format with the top four teams going through to the semi-finals. Fourth-placed New Zealand beat group winners India in the first semi-final, and England, who finished third in the group, defeated second-placed Australia in the second.
England played in their first final in 27 years, their last appearance coming in 1992, when they were defeated by Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Their other appearances in the final were in 1979 against the West Indies at Lord’s and 1987 against Australia at Eden Gardens. Despite playing in the second highest number of finals in the World Cup after Australia, they were yet to win the trophy.
New Zealand played in their second final, and also their second in a row. They previously played in the 2015 final but were beaten by Australia.
When England reached the final, demand increased greatly for it to be shown on a free-to-air television channel in the United Kingdom. Rights holders Sky Sports agreed to allow Channel 4, who had the rights to broadcast evening highlights of the tournament, to carry the final in a simulcast (England cricket matches are not compulsory events requiring free-to-air broadcast). However, due to an existing commitment by Channel 4 to cover the 2019 British Grand Prix, the coverage switched to their sister channel More 4 during the motor racing, returning to Channel 4 after the Grand Prix had finished. It was the first time an England international match had been broadcast on free-to-air television in the UK since the 2005 Ashes series.
Whichever team won the match would become the first new winner of the World Cup since Sri Lanka’s victory in 1996. It was also the first world final with a guaranteed new winner since 1992.
Road to the final
Main article: 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage
Route to Final
Final group standings
Group stage 4th Place
England won by 8 wickets
New Zealand won by 18 runs
New Zealand retained the majority of the team that reached their maiden World Cup final as co-hosts in 2015, although Kane Williamson took on the captaincy following Brendon McCullum’s retirement. They finished level on 11 points with Pakistan in the round-robin stage (five wins, three losses and one no result after their match against India was interrupted by rain), but took fourth place by virtue of a better net run rate than Pakistan.
In the semi-finals, they were paired with India, who finished first in the round-robin stage. The match was played at Old Trafford in Manchester on 9 July. With New Zealand on 211/5 after 46.1 overs, Williamson having scored 67 and Ross Taylor on the same score at the time, the match was suspended by rain and ultimately play was pushed to the reserve day the next day. Eventually finishing on 239/8, Taylor eventually out for 74, they produced a spirited bowling and fielding performance to leave India 18 runs short. Man of the match Matt Henry took 3/37, including openers Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul caught for just one each and Dinesh Karthik spectacularly caught by James Neesham for 6. Meanwhile, fellow pace bowler Trent Boult had captain Virat Kohli trapped lbw for one and top scorer Ravindra Jadeja caught by Williamson for 77 when a seventh-wicket partnership looked to be swinging the match back in India’s favour. Finally, Martin Guptill ran out World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni for 50 with a direct hit to leave India with just their tail.
England, by contrast, entered as the top-ranked ODI team after director of cricket and former Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss helped orchestrate the national team’s white-ball revamp following their bowing out in the group stage in 2015. Only a handful of the players who featured in 2019, including Irish-born captain Eoin Morgan, Test captain Joe Root, wicket-keeper Jos Buttler and bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes, were holdovers from that team, though a good number played in the narrow defeat against the West Indies in the 2016 World Twenty20 Final.
Their campaign was nearly derailed after a loss at Lord’s to defending champions and arch-rivals Australia left them having to beat both India and New Zealand to guarantee their semi-final spot. They won both games and finished third in the round-robin stage with 12 points (six wins and three losses out of nine matches). They met group runners-up Australia in the second semi-final at Edgbaston on 11 July and soundly defeated them by 8 wickets to progress to the final. Key moments included Woakes having David Warner caught for 9, Jofra Archer trapping captain Aaron Finch lbw for a golden duck, Buttler running out Australian top scorer and former captain Steve Smith through his legs on 85 and Jason Roy’s 85 off 65 as England completed their chase with 107 balls to spare.
Lord’s hosted its 5th World Cup Final
On 12 July 2019, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Sri Lankan Kumar Dharmasena and South African Marais Erasmus as the on-field umpires, with Australian Rod Tucker as the third umpire, Pakistani Aleem Dar as the reserve umpire and Sri Lankan Ranjan Madugalle named as match referee.
Some early rain slightly delayed the toss, with the match starting at 10:45, 15 minutes later than scheduled. After New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first, Henry Nicholls’ first half-century of the tournament, and a further 47 from wicket-keeper Tom Latham, helped New Zealand to a total of 241/8 from their 50 overs. Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett took three wickets each for the hosts. Defending a middling score, the New Zealand bowlers bowled effectively, hampering England’s top order, with only Jonny Bairstow managing more than a start with 36. With the loss of their top order, England fell to 86/4 in the 24th over; however, a century partnership between Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler for the fifth wicket got them back into the game before Buttler was caught. But with five overs to play, England still required another 46 runs and the bottom order were forced to bat more aggressively. Stokes managed to farm the strike and, more crucially, score runs, leaving England needing 15 to win from the final over, two wickets still in hand. After two dot balls, Stokes hit a six into the stands at deep mid-wicket, bringing their score to 233/8.
From the third-last ball of the final over, Stokes drove the ball into mid-wicket. Guptill fielded the ball and threw it back to the striker’s end as Stokes was returning to complete a second run; however, as Stokes dived for the crease, the ball deflected off his bat and to the boundary behind the wicket, resulting in four runs being added to the two that Stokes had run. The final two deliveries went for a run each, but England lost their last two wickets going for a second run each time.
With the scores tied at 241, the match went to a Super Over. England returned Stokes and Buttler to the crease, and they handled Trent Boult’s bowling to accumulate 15 runs without loss, with both batsmen contributing a boundary four. For New Zealand, Guptill and Neesham went up to face Jofra Archer needing at least 16 runs to claim the title. Archer’s over started badly, beginning with a wide, and a steady accumulation of runs, along with a six from Neesham off the third ball, left New Zealand needing two from the final delivery. Facing his first ball of the Super Over and the last of the match, Guptill hit the ball out to deep mid-wicket and tried to scamper back for the winning run, but Roy’s throw in to Buttler was a good one, and Guptill was run out well short of his crease. New Zealand finished with 15 runs, the Super Over tied, but England’s superior boundary count (26 to New Zealand’s 17) meant they claimed the World Cup title for the first time in four final appearances. Stokes earned Man of the Match honours with his unbeaten 84, plus seven runs in the Super Over, which marked a personal redemption after the 2016 World Twenty20 Final, when Carlos Brathwaite hit him for four consecutive sixes with 18 runs required in the last over.
- New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
- Super Over: England 15/0, New Zealand 15/1.
- England won on the boundary count back rule (26–17).
- Kane Williamson (NZ) scored the highest number of runs as a captain in a single World Cup series (578).
- This was the first time that the Super Over had been used to determine the winner of a One Day International and was also the first to finish in a tie.
- England became the third team in succession to win the World Cup at home.
Fall of wickets: 1/29 (Guptill, 6.2 ov), 2/103 (Williamson, 22.4 ov), 3/118 (Nicholls, 26.5 ov), 4/141 (Taylor, 33.1 ov), 5/173 (Neesham, 39 ov), 6/219 (de Grandhomme, 46.5 ov), 7/232 (Latham, 48.3 ov), 8/240 (Henry, 49.3 ov)
Fall of wickets: 1/28 (Roy, 5.4 ov), 2/59 (Root, 16.3 ov), 3/71 (Bairstow, 19.3 ov), 4/86 (Morgan, 23.1 ov), 5/196 (Buttler, 44.5 ov), 6/203 (Woakes, 46.1 ov), 7/220 (Plunkett, 48.3 ov), 8/227 (Archer, 49 ov), 9/240 (Rashid, 49.5 ov), 10/241 (Wood, 50 ov)
The closeness of the match, with scores being level even after the end of the super over and England winning only by having scored more boundaries throughout the match, combined with the dramatic turn of events in the final hour and the fact that it was played as a Cricket World Cup final, led to many former and active players, analysts and media outlets describing it as the greatest cricket match ever played. Former English bowler Stuart Broad called it “the best white ball game of all time”. English players Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow declared the World Cup final as “the greatest game ever”.
The Guardian wrote “That is the most amazing game I have ever seen in my life.”. The Sydney Morning Herald called it “one of the most dramatic clashes in cricket history”, while ABC News referred to it as “the greatest ODI ever played”. The headline of The Week was “Super human Ben Stokes drags England to victory in the greatest cricket match”. With the thrilling final of 2019 Wimbledon Championships taking place on the same day, the day was referred to as “golden sporting sunday”
- Official 2019 World Cup site
- Cricket World Cup at icc-cricket.com