New Zealand lost to England in the ICC World Cup final 2019 at Lord’s on Sunday 14. However, they didn’t lose because of runs, England won by the number of boundaries. Although it was a bad dream for everyone including New Zealand captain Kane Williamson as well.
Electing to bat first, New Zealand put up a decent total of 241 where England bowlers did pretty well. While chasing, England lost their in-form opener, Jason Roy, pretty early. Even their captain Eoin Morgan and Joe Root also failed to impress with the bat. However, their wicketkeeper-batsman Joss Buttler and Ben Stokes resurrected the innings.
They not only added more than 100 runs but also made the winning foundation for the team. Although they nearly pulled off the thing, Buttler got dismissed and the pressure fell upon Ben Stokes. After heroics and an unfortunate throw which gave England 6 runs, ended the gave in a tie. Even the Super Over went in a tie and the winner decided on the count of boundaries. Thus England won their maiden title. On the other hand, New Zealand also played beautifully.
Kane Williamson said while talking to ESPN Cricinfo, “I sort of explained it to a few people, it’s like it sort of hits in waves. You feel it, 10 minutes, you forgot about it, and you make little jokes and then it comes back to you and you go, ‘that just happened and did that just happened’. Is that real? I woke up wondering it was a bad dream and it wasn’t, was it?”
"I woke up wondering if it was a bad dream."
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 16, 2019
Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain had a wonderful season and he almost single-handedly took the side to the final as their side was not in great form in batting. With 578 runs in the tournament, he became the first captain to score that run in a single edition of the World Cup. He even won the ‘Player of the Tournament’ as well.
After seeing his post, former South Africa player AB de Villiers took to Twitter and replied, “I know the feeling😳”
I know the feeling😳
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) July 17, 2019