The CWC final match was one of the most intense matches of this tournament with both teams giving each other a neck to neck competition. The pressure on umpires and player to perform was an all-time high. According to the umpire, Simon Taufel England should have gotten five not six points for the misfiled by the Kiwis.
Simon Taufel on Awarding Scores
the five-time best umpire of the year award winner Simon Taufel in an interview, opined about the wrong scores while referring to a crucial point in the match when England needed nine runs to win. Guptill threw the ball from the deep, and it hit straight on the bat of Ben Stokes (who was coming back on striker’s end for taking a double) and went for a four. Here England was awarded four plus two six runs. But Simon thinks that the English team should have been awarded 5 runs.
What Do the ICC Rules State?
As per law 19.8, regarding “Overthrow or wilful act of fielder” a boundary that occurs as a result of an overthrow or a fielder’s willful act, the runs that will be allotted will the bounder plus the total number of scores the batman have by running
The runs scored shall be any runs for penalties awarded to either side, or the allowance for the boundary, and the score which is a result of running between the wickets with the applications of standard rules.
It Was Tough Match Indeed
The match began with England winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Despite having a firm batting order the New Zealand team didn’t last in front of the British bowlers. After making a total score of 241 at the cost of ten wickets, the entire team got out.
The exceptional performance of Woakes coupled with Ben Stokes batting, led the British team to the victory making it lift the world cup for the first time after forty years.
The Kiwis came out strong, but the wicket of Martin Guptill at an early stage of the game at the hands of Criss Woakes shattered their momentum greatly. The partnership between Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson gave the Kiwis a fighting chance.
Despite such great performances from both teams, the deciding factor came down to a super over. According to the ICC rule if after playing 50 over each both the team’s score is tied 6 additional balls are allotted to both team to decide the winner. The team which scores the highest in this over is the winner.