Angels from the Heaven sprayed flowers with their blessings on to the England team in Lord’s ground as they etched their proud name on the World Cup 2019.
Eoin Morgan’s heroism prevailed in the end.
In my previous piece, yesterday, I said : “Watch closely the faces of the two captains when they go for the National Anthem. It’ll tell clearly about ” heroic leadership” – a predictor of the finals.”
First, given below is the expression of the New Zealand Captain, Kane Williamson.
Kane Williamson stood with a grim face ; seeming unduly anxious ; and he also seemed uncomfortable. Overall, it was the mark of negative expression(s) and that reflected the lack of energy, though not explicitly.
Second, given below is the expression of the England Captain, Eoin Morgan.
Eoin Morgan was relaxed ; he was sprightly ; and he also clapped his hands high up in the air just at the end of National Anthem. That put him as an individual full of positive energy and he was able to spread that facial energy through the entire match along with his associates. He won the match even before the first ball was bowled !
Now turning to the key details that I gleaned from this match briefly :
New Zealand batted first and scored 241 for 8 wickets in the allotted 50 overs.
First to the characteristics of the England bowling : Figure below represents England bowling succinctly :
England bowling is characterised by (1) its overall rate of ‘economy of their main bowlers (under 5 per over) reflecting it’s accuracy ; (2) astute variations by each of their main bowlers, with special acclaim and reference to Jofra Archer in his second spell of 5 overs in the match ; and (3) the generally tight control exercised by the main bowlers making big shots difficult and risky for the New Zealanders. England’s bowling plan has been excellent.
Second, to the characteristics of New Zealand Batting : Figure below represents New Zealand Batting succinctly :
New Zealand batsmen (1) failed in judging the pace of the bowling either missing or taking body blows (Neesham and Grandhomme in particular) with impunity ; (2) failed to convert the reasonably good start with all 7 front line batsmen crossing double digits but only one getting to the fifty mark with no big scores in reality ; and (3) failed to accelerate the score in the middle overs (specially 15 to 35 overs) adding pressure to the batsmen in the final overs. Overall slow pace of batting has been responsible for the less than ideal score in its innings.
England batted second and scored 241 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs. The score was tied and the match had to be decided by the “Super Over” for the first time in the history of World Cup Cricket.
First, to the characteristics of the New Zealand bowling : Figure below represents the New Zealand bowling :
New Zealand bowling is characterised by (1) better bounce and movement ; (2) speed and aggression which was effective in checking the flow of runs ; and (3) controlled accuracy which enabled them to concentrate more on taking wickets than just controlling the runs leaked. New Zealand bowling plan has been effective to the extent of not exceeding their total even by a single run, and taking 9 wickets – one more than what they lost. Their bowling plan proved adequate.
Second, to the characteristics of England Batting : Figure below represents England Batting :
Elngland (1) adapted well to the conditions making the only 100 runs partnership of the match between Ben Stokes and Jo’s Butler for the sixth wicket which really catapulted them to reach the New Zealand score ; (2) achieved excellent stability in batting consolidating their batting and position through the middle overs better with ones and twos and occasional boundaries ; and (3) the team overall played a very positive game setting the stage for an aggressive assault in the final overs better. England Batting plan put them mentally and emotionally ready for the Super Over.
England made 15 in the Super Over bowled by Trent Built with two fours, one three, one two, and two singles. Set to score 16 in one super over for a win, New Zealand could make only 15 and the match was decided in favour of England on the basis of the boundaries made by them in their innings which stood better.
Eoin Morgan of England (Captain) is the ultimate victor of the Big Test. He proudly holds aloft the World Cup with all his associates in Lord’s signalling the arrival of a new, energetic, and transformed English team.
Ben Stokes was adjudged the player of this match for his 84 not out, the highest individual score in this match.
Kane Williamson, NZ Captain, amassed 578 runs in this tournament to become the “First World Cup Captain in history to score maximum runs in a single edition of World Cup”, a feat that every Captain in future will try to emulate and surpass.
My verdict : 1. At the end of the stipulated 50 overs NZ scored 241 for 8 wickets, and in reply England scored 241 for 9 (or is it all out ?).
2. NZ lost fewer wickets than England for the same score in the stipulated 50 overs.
3. ‘Super Over’, whatever be its merits, cannot substitute for and decide the winner between the teams which fought valiantly through 50 overs in nearly a 6 hour plus ordeal. It is pure luck and not toiling performance; and akin to deciding by a ‘toss’.
4. If anyone were to judge by either team’s overall performance taking into account the missed opportunities during the course of the match – NZ will out beat England by a mile.
5. The final outcome based on just one “Super Over” is grossly unfair to NZ. A fair decision will be to (a) declare NZ as the winner; or (b) to share the trophy. This alone can do justice to the tournament, justice to the teams, justice to the organisers, justice to the spectators and sports enthusiasts, and above all justice to the game of Cricket. Otherwise, it will look as though the victory has been snatched unfairly from the real winner. This will only mark the debate and discussion whenever anyone looks back with interest the Cricket World Cup 2019. World Cup 2019 has not done the game proud.
” Dieu avec nous “
Monday, July 15, 2019 – 1.29 a.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” England made history in the World Cup 2019. They learnt their mistakes and made efforts to correct them for years and achieved their goal of securing the World Cup. Kudos to the team, management, and the Cricket Board.”