With England winning the Cricket World Cup on a boundary countback, the contender for the best ODI of all time ended up in a tied super over.
In a match that ebbed and flowed throughout the day, scores would ultimately be tied to 241 with a pair of precise run-outs during Trent Boult’s final over stopping Ben Stokes from getting the job done in regulatory time by reaching the desired 242.
England would have the right to bat first in the super over, and with Stokes scoring another 8 off 3, it was always going to be a hard-fought chase for New Zealand alongside Jos Buttler, who scored 7 off 3, as they took on Jofra Archer’s power.
Archer nevertheless got it so wildly wrong that James Neesham could paste him over the fence and get a wide. In the end, though, they couldn’t dig out the yorkers to the right spots on the floor despite Neesham and Guptill going hard, and the match finished in a tie.
With the hosts hitting more boundaries during the game than the Black Caps, in amazing circumstances, they came out with the victory on a boundary countback, with the final reading being 26 to 17.
New Zealand had earlier won the delayed toss in the cloudy skies and had chosen to bat first on what would obviously be a hard wicket.
With the exception of early losing Guptill, it was Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson who steadied the ship for the Black Caps as they fought off Chris Woakes and Archer’s opening spell and then had to continue to play against the moving ball as Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett came into the attack.
Things became a little more docile and the visitors went past 100, but when Kane Williamson dropped in the 23rd over with the score on 2 for 103, things went pear-shaped. England rediscovered their bowling class, with a big say from Plunkett as frequent wickets hampered their progress.
New Zealand was certainly hurt by a shocking LBW decision on Ross Taylor where he was unable to use the review, but they were also hurt by Archer’s wonderful bowling in the horrendous last ten overs.
England’s 242 chases nearly got off to the worst beginning possible, with a ball trapping Jason Roy on the first ball of the crease. However, the inswinger of Trent Boult was considered to be down the side of the arm, and on evaluation, the call from the umpire saved Roy.
He would continue to make a scratchy 17, and it was a term used to define the entire top four English, with both Joe Root and Eoin Morgan playing stupid shots cheaply, while soon on Jonny Bairstow was able to create 36 against bowling from the great Boult, Colin de Grandhomme and Matt Henry.
During the innings, Stokes ended up with 84 not out, keeping England together in a moment of need, and they were able to maintain their nerve in the super over for the first time to lift the trophy.