Cricket World Cup 2019: The 'super over' that killed the Blackcaps' World Cup dream

Engand won the 2019 Cricket world Cup n the super over.
Engand won the 2019 Cricket world Cup n the super over. Photo credit: Getty Images

It's the cricket equivalent to football's penalty shootout - an exciting, sudden-death finale that leaves the winners euphoric and the losers deflated. 

The 'super over' that settled the 2019 Cricket World Cup final at Lord's - the closest cricket final of all-time - was as dramatic as it was cruel to the Blackcaps. 

Nothing could separate them from England over the regulation 50 overs, as both teams reached 241. 

The super over, which many cricket fans would not have experienced before, consists of six balls for each side. The batting team can lose two wickets and the side that hits the most runs wins the tied game.

It's like a scaled-down Twenty20 game. 

First brought in to settle Twenty20 games, the super over had never been used in a Cricket World Cup final. In the previous tournament - in 2015 - it was available in the final, like this time around. 

Except in this final, the scores were also tied after the six balls of the super over and England won on their superior boundary rate during the game - a stat that many failed to notice, but suddenly became significant. 

New Zealand needed to hit 16 off their super over, but could only manage 15, to the delight of the English fans who posted their first men's Cricket World Cup win. 


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