Who won Player of the Tournament award after England win an absolute humdinger of a World Cup final at Lord’s Cricket Ground
What an absolute cracker of a match we have had. England emerge victorious as they win the final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground by scoring more number of boundaries throughout the course of the match as the match ended in a tie even in the Super Over.
Batting first after winning the Toss, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson opted to bat first despite the overcast conditions. They somehow huffed and puffed towards a score of 241/8 in their allotted quota of 50 overs. Henry Nicholls (55 off 77) and Tom Latham (47 off 56) showed some resistance to put their team in a position where the potent Kiwi bowlers could apply the scoreboard pressure of a World Cup final.
England in reply, did not play the aggressive brand of Cricket during the 242 run chase. And the fact that they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals with the run rate creeping up didn’t help their cause either.
But, Ben Stokes (84* off 98) and Jos Buttler (59 off 60) proved why they are the No.1 ranked ODI side in the world. With 15 required off the final over the England batsmen took the game into the Super Over- which too ended in a stalemate. But, England finally emerged victorious riding on the fact they had hit more number of boundaries during their innings.
Kane Williamson receives ‘Man of the Tournament’ award
The Kiwi skipper scored a total of 578 runs in the entire Tournament in mere nine innings. Although, he ended up on the fourth position in the top scorers list, the way he captained his team throughout the Tournament coupled with some unbelievable display of sportsmanship during the fag end of the match rightfully earned him the award.
The Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar gave away the ‘Man of the Tournament’ award to Williamson.
Upon receiving the award, Williamson said, “It certainly wasn’t one extra run (on the Kiwi batsmen scampering back for the second in the final delivery of Super Over). There were so many moments that could’ve gone either way, but congratulations to England – they’ve had an incredible campaign and they deserve it. The pitches have been different to what was expected. No 300+ totals as expected. The NZ side showed a great amount of heart to get us to this point, but it just wasn’t meant to be. The guys are shattered at the moment – it is devastating. It’s pretty tough to swallow at this stage. But a fantastic effort from our guys.”