A second tie was witnessed at a global event in the sporting world in July, the first being the controversial cricket World Cup final at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on July 14 and the latest being the finals of the Rugby Championship match between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa's Springboks on July 27. While the former was decided in a controversial fashion by using the boundary count rule, the latter was left to be a tie.
The All Blacks took on the Springboks in Wellington in the finals of the Rugby Championship, as three times champions New Zealand looked to maintain their winning trot against South Africa. The game went down the wire and was tied at 16 each, making the game a draw. South Africa kicked off the game after winning the toss, following which they grabbed the lead initially. The All Blacks came from behind to close up on the game and eventually tied the game as both teams settled at 16 points each. In the due course of the game, New Zealand became the first team in history to bring up 16000 Test points.
The All Blacks twitter handle took a dig at the controversial cricket World Cup semi-final that saw a tie between England and New Zealand to be decided in England's favour after the boundary count rule was used to decide the winner.
Here's the tweet from the All Blacks:
A throw from Black Caps fielder Martin Guptill deflected off Stokes' bat while he was diving to reach his crease to complete the second run and the ball ran off to the boundary in the dying stages of the England run chase. Stokes had attempted to complete two runs and hence the umpire awarded six runs in total after the overthrow. Many former cricketers and analysts have pointed out that England should have been awarded only five runs instead of six, a match-changing effect that would have seen the hosts go down by one run to New Zealand.
The Super Over saw a dramatic last-ball thriller as New Zealand's James Neesham and Martin Guptill attempted to chase down the 15-run target set by England but failed to do so after being run-out off the last ball. The tie in the Super Over forced the match-winner to be decided based on the team scoring a higher number of boundaries, leading to England lifting the World Cup trophy as they had scored 24 boundaries as opposed to New Zealand's 17 boundaries.