ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England captain Eoin Morgan admits to thinking title was out of his side's grasp before last-over twist

England captain Eoin Morgan admitted he believed his side's shot at World Cup glory had gone before a thrilling twist saw the hosts lift the trophy.

Agence France-Presse, Jul 15, 2019 02:15:58 IST

London: England captain Eoin Morgan admitted he believed his side's shot at World Cup glory had gone on Sunday before a thrilling twist saw the hosts lift the trophy for the first time after a Super Over.

Morgan's men needed 39 runs off the final 23 balls to win when Chris Woakes holed out.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England captain Eoin Morgan admits to thinking title was out of his sides grasp before last-over twist

England' captain Eoin Morgan celebrates with the World Cup trophy. Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

But thanks to Ben Stokes's 84 not out and some fortune when a deflection off Stokes's bat went for four overthrows, England tied New Zealand's target of 241 off 50 overs.

Both sides could not be separated on runs either after hitting 15 off an extra six balls each, so England won by virtue of hitting more boundaries throughout the course of the match.

"Absolutely unbelievable, I still can't quite believe it," said Morgan.

"I thought it was over when Chris Woakes got out but then Liam Plunkett got us back into the game and we had the rub of the green, with Ben's overthrows — I don't know how you described that on commentary.

"In the Super Over, Ben continued to have a great day out with Jos. A day to remember."

Victory completed a four-year path to redemption for Morgan, who captained the side to a humiliating group-stage exit at the 2015 World Cup.

England have since recovered to become the number one ranked side in the world, but were on the verge of failing to make the semi-finals once more after losing to Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia in the group stage.

However, they steadied the ship by beating India and New Zealand to complete the round-robin phase before thrashing Australia in the semi-finals.

And in front of a packed house at Lord's and a huge television audience with the final the only match of the tournament shown on free-to-air television in the UK, the World Cup got the buzz it craved with a thrilling finale.

"The support has been incredible from the very beginning of the tournament and we've managed to pull it off. It's such a good feeling," added Morgan.

"I've said 'incredible' 50 times since lifting the trophy. Our fans are the best people on the planet.

"We had two must-win games and we scraped through and we continued it on to today. Thank you for your support over the last four years."

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Updated Date: Jul 15, 2019 02:15:58 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 6939 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254