Legendary spinner Shane Warne led the sporting community in congratulating England for their maiden World Cup title, while also hailing New Zealand's fighting spirit during the edge-of-the-seat final at the iconic Lord's in London. In the epic final on Sunday night, England were adjudged winners of the World Cup on the basis of their superior boundary count - 22 fours and two sixes -- to New Zealand's 17, after the match and also the ensuing Super Over ended in a tie.
Warne congratulated both the teams and lauded them both on putting up a terrific cricketing performance that was filled with skill, drama, and courage. he felt for the Kiwis for not winning the World cup after playing well throughout the tournament. He added that the teams should have played as many super overs it took to have a definite result.
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Team England was chasing a target of 242 set by the Kiwis. Ben Stokes was the man for the hosts with an unbeaten 84-not out along with Jos Butler's 59. As the game went to Super Over, Stokes and Butler again registered 15-run target for the Black Caps that they managed to level. However, the boundary count-back favoured the hosts as they had scored eight more boundaries than New Zealand.
Youngster Jofra Archer held his nerves while bowling the Super Over despite conceding 14 runs as a run-out off the last ball of the Super Over, saw the game tied once again before the boundary count-back rule applied. Kane Williamson was adjudged the player of the tournament for scoring 548 runs with the bat at an average of 91.33 in addition to leading the Kiwis from the front.