SECOND INNINGS: ENGLAND TO CHASE THE TOTAL OF 241 RUNS FROM 50 OVERS
It was Sunday 14th July 2019, the day of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final match between England and New Zealand at Lords Cricket Stadium, London. It was a beautiful sunny day after the little shower of rain. Like other days of Cricket World Cup finals, it was likely to have bowled first at the Lord’s cricket ground.
Today, the toss had much importance towards the decision of the match. It was a very hard and brave decision by the management of both the teams that which decision should they make. Whether they should go bowling first because of the early rain showers or to go for the bat in wet conditions. It was very tough to decide first innings of the match.
It was expected by the experts that the team who wins the toss should go-ahead for the bowling first and everyone who knows the cricket well will remember the ICC Cricket World Cup 1999 final match between Pakistan and Australia. Pakistan had performed tremendously well during the whole world cup matches.
But on the final day when there were rain showers in the morning, the Pakistan Cricket Team management had decided to bat first after winning the toss and all the team was bowled out for just 132 runs. So, both the teams, i.e. England and New Zealand were very hesitant for making the decision of batting first.
It was New Zealand who wins the toss and they decided to bat first against the in-form England in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final match.
Performance of Second Inning of Final
In order to chase a total of 241 runs, England needed a reasonable good and solid start. It was very important for England not to lose any wicket early in the innings. In the first semifinal match which was played between New Zealand and India but the opening spell of Trent Boult and Mike Henry completely changed the result of the game.
India had lost its top order inside 3.3 overs. So, England was under pressure to see this tricky total of 241 runs. And the present bowling form of New Zealand were the causes for England to be careful while facing their opening pace attack of bowling. England opens their batting with professional openers. England had 28 runs opening partnership.
The in-form Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow open the innings but both the batsmen were very careful against the New Zealand bowling. Matt Henry was bowling on the off-stump channel and was getting the ball to swing on the offside. Jason Roy missed a lot of deliveries while driving on the offside.
It was Jason Roy who got out by Matt Henry with the help of Tom Latham. Jason Roy edged the ball to Tom Latham and lost his wicket. It was a big breakthrough for New Zealand to get the wicket of in-form Jason Roy early in the innings. Johnny Bairstow and Joe Root take the responsibility from thereon.
England in Underpressure Moments
They were trying to absorb the pressure of the final game but their efforts did not stay much longer as Joe Root lost his wicket to De Grandhomme. Joe Root had played 29 balls and scored just 7 runs on the board. He was under pressure because he was not stealing the runs.
A ball before his wicket, he came down the wicket and tried to play a pull shot but he missed. The next delivery, he played in the same manner and edged the ball to the wicketkeeper Mr. Tom Latham and give his wicket away. It was a big set back for England. As they have lost one of their core batsmen.
Joe Root played an undemanded and rash shot and threw his wicket away and with this big loss and England came under pressure straight away. Wicket was dying because it was becoming difficult to score the runs on the wicket. The wicket was losing its capability to score the runs. The wicket was slowing as the game was moving forward.
With the loss of Joe Root, the England captain Mr. Eion Morgan had joined Johny Bairstow at the wicket. New Zealand captain made a simple bowling change and brought James Neesham to bowl with Lockie Ferguson. Lockie Ferguson with his full pacy delivery because he took the wicket of Johny Bairstow. The ball took the bottom edge of the bat and hit the top of stumps.
It was a big breakthrough for New Zealand as they have taken one the important wicket of England. This wicket created a lot of pressure upon England to this the tricky meager total. Kane Williamson made another bowling change and brought James Neesham into the attack.
In the very first over, James Neesham bowl a short-pitched delivery to Eion Morgan and he went to hit the shot towards the offside. The ball was hit without any timing. Behind it but Lockie Ferguson was standing on the offside and he rash to take the catch.
Exciting moments in last overs
He dived in front of himself and take a beautiful catch and Eion Morgan did move and he decided to stay at the crease for the confirmation from the 3rd umpire. On checking the clear catching of the ball. 3rd umpire directed the on-field umpire to stay with the soft signal which was out. So, the decision was made in favor of New Zealand. England was 86 for 4.
Now, the pressure was on the game of England because they had lost the top 4 batsmen. New Zealand was back into play. They were bowling on very tight lines. It was becoming very difficult for England to score the runs at the required run rate. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes being the fresh batsmen were trying to recover their innings.
Both the batsmen were in form and were famous for hard-hitting the ball around the wicket. Jos Buttler had scored the fastest ODI World cup 100 for England against Pakistan but both the players faced the New Zealand bowling attack very carefully. They had to pick the ball from tight lines and steal the ones and twos and the boundaries.
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler build a partnership of 110 runs among them. New Zealand was losing hope to win the ICC Cricket World cup 2019 final match. Both the players were scoring the runs above the required run rate. Kane Williamson made another bowling change and brought Lockie Ferguson into the attack.
Jos Buttler being overconfident and with a sense of big partnership with his partner so, he played a rash pull shot. Tim Southee the substitute fielder took a brilliant catch and the important partnership was broken by the New Zealanders bowlers but after the breakage of this partnership, England was under immense pressure and they keep on losing wickets at regular intervals.
England managed to score 241 runs. After facing 50 overs because England had lost all their wickets and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Final match was gone into Super over to decide the outcome of the match. According to the explainer of Super Over from ICC authorities, England have to fact the single over first and England manage to score 15 runs from their 6 balls.
It became tough for New Zealand to achieve a total of 15 from 6 balls and it was a big moment in the final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup final game. New Zealand goes with Martin Guptill and James Neesham to face the 6 balls against England but New Zealand also manages to score exactly 15 runs on 6 balls. England being the highest boundary scorer in the game, win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.