By virtue of scoring more boundaries in the match, England were declared the World Cup winners after having tied with New Zealand in the Super Over.

Not in spirit of cricket Fans slam ICCs boundary rule post Englands World Cup winFacebook / ICC World Cup
Cricket WC 2019 CWC 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 - 13:10

Cricket fans are still recovering from the cracking World Cup final on Sunday which saw England beat New Zealand to take the trophy home. The intense match created history by being the only World Cup final to head into a ‘Super Over’ to break the tie between the two teams. In the end, the Kiwis managed to score 15 runs in the Super Over which was the same tally as that of England. However, England were declared the winners because of ICC’s boundary rule, which has left many fans disgruntled.

ICC’s boundary rule for World Cup 2019 stipulated that in case of a tie in the Super Over, the team with higher number of boundaries will be declared winners. In this match, England scored 26 boundaries in their innings which was more than the 17 hit by New Zealand, and this ultimately proved to be the vital difference.

This meant that even though both teams scored 15 runs in the Super Over and were still tied at the end of it, the ICC ruling implied that the Kiwis finished runners-up.

The rule, and the subsequent result, has caused quite some debate online, leaving many viewers miffed with the ICC. Some even accused the governing body of ruining the spirit of the game with such contentious rules.

Meanwhile, congratulations poured in for both teams who each put up an undeniably fantastic fight. There was also much praise for New Zealand captain Kane Williamson who kept his cool and dignity in the face of an agonising defeat.

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