London | Jagran Sports Desk: The 12th edition of the showpiece event of cricket, ended in the most dramatic way possible as England lifts the World Cup for the first time beating New Zealand in a nail biting super over. It is easy to say that England won the cup, but not easy watching the two sides fighting for the apex trophy of the cricketing world. 
 
After 100 overs, the last couple of which contained almost as much drama as a few previous finals in their entirety, nothing could separate England and New Zealand. 
 
For the first time in World Cup history, a Super Over was required to determine the winner, which surprisingly went on to be a tie, letting a technicality envisioned for such a scenario came into play. 
 
England was reduced to 84/4 chasing a target of 241, when player of the match Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper Joss Buttler takes the charge. Stokes and Buttler's partnership of 110 brought the first twist in the match. 
 
But, the hunger to become the champions for the first time, New Zealand bowlers came back in the match, breaking the partnership and stopping England from winning in the prescribed 50 overs. 
 
England finished on 241 all out in pursuit of New Zealand's 241-8 aided by an “accidental six” hit by Ben Stokes and the final came down to the super over, a six-ball shootout for each team. 
 
England, batting first in the super over scored 15 runs off Trent Boult's over. New Zealand needing 16 runs to become the champions for the first time, sent hard hitter Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham to do the work for the team. After a six on the second ball of Jofra Archer's over, New Zealand needed two runs from the last ball. 
 
Guptill smashed the last ball on the leg side and went on to the run of his life, but the unfortunate New Zealand batter could not complete the second run and was run out by a combination of Jason Roy and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. 
 
England players went into wild celebrations while the New Zealand slumped where they stood. England won the match by the tie-breaker rule, according to which, the side that hit more boundaries in their innings would be declared as the winners. With destiny on their side, the Gentlemen scored 24 boundaries compared to 17 by the Kiwis. 
 
This rule came into criticism with many fans and former cricketers mocked the absurd finish to the final. Many said that both teams should share the trophy as both of them remained on the same score even in the super over. 
 
Many slammed ICC and said that it was tyrannical rule to decide the winner by the number of boundaries, as any metric like 'singles' could have been the decider. Others called cricket a batsman's game and asked why boundaries not wickets were taken as the metric. 
 
Meanwhile the questions and criticism England lifts the maiden World Cup and celebrates the win.

Posted By: Talib Khan