The 2019 Cricket World Cup final

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Added: 2021-02-20T02:48:54

The 2019 Cricket World Cup final

Cricket has a reputation as a game that takes days to play, and can still end in a draw.
I personally don't mind that - after all, if both sides haven't have the chance to each complete their two innings, you can't know who would have won.

However, if you think cricket is dull, you might want to watch the end of the 2019 World Cup final.

Picture the scene.
It's summer 2019.
The tournament has been being played for about 6 weeks now.
After 48 matches played, England (the hosts) have made it to the final against New Zealand.

For the first time in about 15 years, the cricket was on free-to-air TV as well.
I was glued to the TV from about 9am, and had told everyone that unless the house was on fire, I was not to be disturbed. Food, beer, TV - everything was in place.
It was also the day of the Wimbledon's Men's final and the British Grand Prix, but those weren't even a consideration.

The final starts at 10:45 in the morning, being played at Lords, the home of cricket.
New Zealand bat first, and make 241 from their 50 overs.
It's then England's turn to bat.

At almost 7pm in the evening, England, with 1 over (6 balls left) are on 227 - 15 runs behind.
The pressure is intense.

These next three videos show how it all ended. (Because these are edited videos, a lot of tension is lost)

The final over of normal play
England's Super Over
New Zealand's Super Over

I wish I'd been there.
I'd never even heard of a Super Over before this day.

This is also a nice behind the scenes look at what happened that day.

I haven't been able to find a DVD of the day's footage, which is a real shame. I'm not sure why it's not been released.

posted by Calum on 2021-02-20T03:00 under

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