‘Hand Of God’ Helps England Win Thrilling 2019 World Cup

By Dhanu Delphi on July 15, 2019

The bookies originally had England as the favourites even before they started the World Cup campaign. Sportsbooks subsequently gave England a 1.28 chance to win the 2019 World Cup final and had New Zealand as the underdogs yet again at cricket betting odds of 3.50. Despite their favourite status, England provided an absolute thrilling end to the tournament which will go down as the most exciting and fantastic ODI games in the history of cricket.

When you watch ODI cricket for over 30 years, you come across some fantastic matches. Some go down in your scrapbook as ‘arguably one of the greatest games ever. The 2019 World Cup final will have no ‘arguably tag attached to it!

Hand Of God Forces Super Over

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. The Kiwis have struggled with their batting right throughout the tournament. It would be no different in the 2019 World Cup final. A number of their batsmen got starts, including Henry Nicholls (55), Kane Williamson (30) and Tom Latham (47). But none of them were able to go on and post a big score.

England restricted the Kiwis to 241 which was a modest total at Lord’s. It was always going to be a high pressure chase for the hosts, though. Especially given the fact it was a World Cup final.

The Kiwis did not let Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow get off to a flying start, either. They proceeded to get Roy for 17 and Bairstow for 36. The odds swung quickly in favour of New Zealand as two more quick wickets saw Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan back in the pavilion.

– Ben Stokes To The Rescue

Ben Stokes and Jos Butler put together a century partnership that threatened to take the game away from England. However, some great bowling and fielding towards the end saw England lose a flurry of wickets in a hurry. The man that stood in their way was Ben Stokes. The all-rounder then showed immense heart and courage as he carried England on his shoulders while wickets fell all around.

Trent Boult bowled the final over and should have been able to keep England from scoring the 15 runs they needed. Stokes hit one for six and the next ball he hit it to the boundary and tried to scamper a quick two.

Martin Guptill threw the ball to the keeper in the hopes of running Stokes out. Stokes put in a desperate dive with his bat outstretched and the ball landed flush on his bat. It subsequently deflected of his bat and went straight to the boundary as the Kiwis watched in shock disbelief.

What should have been a single or at best a two, cost New Zealand six precious runs and swung the match England’s way. You can call it bad luck if you are a Kiwi supporter, or good luck if you are an England supporter. Nevertheless, its similar to the 1986 FIFA World Cup when Diego Maradona scored for Argentina in what would be later described as the Hand of God. England would go on to level the scores and force the game into a super over!

Super Over Tied in 2019 World Cup Final

Millions of English and Kiwi fans all across the world, along with ardent cricket fans, were at the edge of their seats to watch the super over. England sent out Stokes and Butler who smashed 15 off T Boult and set a big challenge for the Kiwis.

New Zealand sent out James Neesham and M Guptill to see if they could take the Kiwis home. Neesham did a great job hitting one out of the park to ease the pressure. J Archer bowled the over of his life and it came down to New Zealand needing 2 of the last ball with Guptill on strike.

Guptill hit the ball to the fielder on the boundary and tried to scamper home for two. However, he fell short of his crease as Butler took the bails off and the scores were once again tied. As England hit more boundaries in their 50 overs, though, they were crowned World Champions!