Ben Stokes redeems 2016 nightmare by steering England to maiden World Cup victory

Ben Stokes redeems himself by steering England to first-ever World Cup victory
London: Ben Stokes on Sunday redeemed himself as England defeated New Zealand by two wickets in nail-biting thriller here at iconic Lord’s Stadium.

The final match of the mega-event was decided in nerve-wrecking super over.

Batting first, England made 15 runs in the super over. New Zealand managed also managed 15 but former were crowned champion on basis of hittin more boundaries.

Boult bowled the super-over for New Zealand while England picked Jofra Archer for same. 

Ben Stokes was declared MoM.

England were all out for 241 on the last ball of the 50th over, chasing New Zealand’s 241 for eight.

England scored 14 in the last over but Mark Wood was run out seeking the second run that would have won it for the hosts.

Ben Stokes, who finished on 84 not out, came back for the Super Over with Jos Buttler amid scenes never before seen at the home of cricket.

It is for the third consecutive time that hosts have won the World Cup. India have done it in 2011 while Australia have done the same in 2015.

Earlier today, New Zealand set hosts England a modest target of 242 runs in the final of the ICC World Cup 2019 here at Lord's on Sunday.

Henry Nicholls made 55 and Tom Latham scored 47 but England’s bowlers struck at crucial and regular junctures to deny the 2015 finalists big partnerships in a contest which will produce new 50-over world champions.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss under an overcast sky and elected to bat after both sides retained the same XI from their contrasting semi-final victories.

Woakes, who ended with a hugely impressive 3-37, began with a wide but was celebrating a success in his next over when Nicholls, yet to open his account, was adjudged lbw.

The opener reviewed and successfully got the decision overturned after replays suggested the ball would have sailed over the stumps.

Martin Guptill had gone without a fifty since the opener against Sri Lanka and he decided to hit his way out of the rut.

Nicholls’ calculated aggression dovetailed perfectly with Williamson’s risk-free accumulation in their 74-run stand that took New Zealand past the 100-mark in the 22nd over.

Plunkett (3-42) was lurking in the corner, however, with a two-wicket spell of largely back-of-a-length cross-seam deliveries that swung the match back in England’s favour.

He induced an edge from Williamson which went unnoticed by umpire Kumar Dharmasena. England challenged the not-out decision and got Williamson caught behind for 30.

Nicholls completed his fifty but could not press on. Too cramped to play the backfoot drive, he still went ahead with the shot and edged it onto his stumps to depart after his first 50 of the tournament.

Mark Wood then trapped Ross Taylor lbw with a delivery which would have sailed over the stumps but New Zealand had blown their review on Guptill.

Latham fell short of his 50, just when he looked set to provide the late charge and England kept their tight bowling and impressive fielding going right to the end.