Stokes wisdom helped in Super Over, says England's Archer

World Cup 2019 Final Eng vs NZ Playing 11 Live England take on New Zealand in the summit clash at Lords on Sunday

However, England edged the Super Over to win just their second ICC tournament, after the 2010 World T20, and make it fourth time lucky in a 50-over World Cup final after suffering heartbreak in 1979, 1987 and 1992.

The scores were level after 50 overs, and the Black Caps matched England's 15 in a super over but lost because they had scored fewer boundaries during the match after an extraordinary final at Lord's was tied. The allrounder hammered an unbeaten 84 in 98 balls to ensure the match at least gets tied, after England kept losing wickets while chasing 242 against New Zealand.

In front of a full house at Lord's, the home of cricket, there were thousands packed into Trafalgar Square - the equivalent of Toronto's Jurassic Park - and in a smaller square in Birmingham.

Andrew Miller, a senior columnist for ESPN Cricinfo, was the first to report on the quirk that may have resulted in the most costly of umpiring howlers.

British fans had a ball on Super Sunday as, apart from the super-over, there was that epic tennis final just down the road at Wimbledon where Novak Djokovic pipped Roger Federer in a five-set barnburner.

Described as the best World Cup final of all time and one of the most exciting matches ever, England managed to raise the trophy for the first time in their history. "All the hard work that's gone in over these four years, this is where we aspired to be".

Plunkett soon forced Nicholls - who had successfully overturned an lbw dismissal against Woakes on nought - to drag on to his stumps in the 27th over and New Zealand were unable to score freely from that point. The seamer also took the wicket of risky allrounder Jimmy Neesham (19).

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In reply, England's high-powered batsmen also struggled against the awesome Kiwi attack that saw Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry also take three wickets each in England's 241 all out.

However, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler steadied the ship for the hosts, sharing a partnership of over 100 to claw the game back into contention.

The trophy had briefly appeared to slip from England's grasp when the 24-year-old started the Super Over with a wide before Jimmy Neesham struck him for a six to leave the Black Caps needing seven runs from four balls. Three required off two balls. Two run-outs and it was down to the super over.

And after the game, Eoin Morgan's men were caught on camera chanting everyone's favourite sporting tune in the dressing room.

"That [Stokes's accidental boundary] was a little bit of a shame, wasn't it?" And he's probably right.

When asked if the system was a fair way to decide a World Cup final, Williamson was typically gracious while admitting the situation was completely unexpected. It's pretty tough to swallow at this stage. Once again, take nothing away from England's campaign, not just this match, but throughout. I suppose you can't control them, can you? The first two balls were a dot, Stokes shuffled across for the third delivery and swatted a full ball on off over deep mid-wicket.

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