I didn’t watch, and am not really a fan, but it does sound like a bit of a naff ending to an incredibly intense game. I know people are happy we won, but we didn’t technically beat them at cricket. I am interested to know if the teams play knowing that it’s possible the game will be decided based on boundaries?
I heard the New Zealand captain on the radio joking that he wasn’t really sure how we won but someone had to
For me (as a fan), a naff ending is when one team absolutely dominates.
To play 600 balls of cricket and to have the score tied in the biggest game every 4 years is… Incredible.
To then play 1 over of “sudden death” cricket is about as exciting as this sport gets (IMO of course).
The whole “boundaries” thing is a weird one, because the chances of the score being tied in regular play, and then again after the super over must be next to nothing. But if it makes people think about scoring more boundaries in future matches “just in case”, then that’s a good thing in my book.
Ultimately, going second in the super over gives you the advantage, as you know exactly what you need. If you can’t beat the previous over, it’s fair enough you lose.
Hard to compare across sports, but certainly the greatest limited overs cricket match given the importance of the match.
I think it should’ve gone to a bowl-out after the superover was tied. Actually, I’d never heard of superover before (probably becuase I don’t watch Twenty20). I always thought bowl-outs were how ties were decided.
I completely agree for me the whole world cup was a special of great cricket and great sportsmanship throughout.
As finals go I don’t think I’ve watched one quite that thrilling in any sport, to go to the last ball of the last over in both gameplay actual and the super over and to finally be decided on boundaries is testament to the quality of both teams performance.
I think it will go down not only in cricket history but sporting history as one of if not the best final ever played.
Defiantly not a naff ending it shows how hard both teams were playing for it to go how it did. I’ve played and watched cricket all my life and have never seen anything like it.
It was an exciting game with some top batting and even better bowling and fielding from both teams.
An amazing win for England but also for the game of cricket as a whole.