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In Pictures: England wins first Cricket World Cup after all-time classic

Updated : 2019-07-15 07:42:32

Jos Buttler threw his gloves into the sky and wheeled away in celebration. Jofra Archer slid on his chest across the Lord's turf and beat the ground. Joe Root punched the air as he was lifted up by a teammate. After more than nine stomach-churning hours, the first Super Over in Cricket World Cup history, and one of the most extraordinary overs ever played, England ended its agonizing 44-year wait to be world champion of the sport it invented. "The most ridiculous game of cricket to have ever been played," was how Buttler, England's wicketkeeper, summed up a crazy World Cup final against New Zealand on Sunday that had pretty much everything. A sporting contest for the ages finished with England winning courtesy of a tiebreaker that few inside the home of cricket had likely ever heard of, or even understood: Boundaries countback. That was because England and New Zealand — both bidding for a first Cricket World Cup title — couldn't be separated after the regulation 50 overs a side (each team scored 241) and then a nerve-shredding Super Over (both teams scored 15) played in early evening sunshine in northwest London. In the end, England prevailed because it hit a total of 26 boundaries — fours and sixes scored across both the 50 overs and the Super Over — compared with New Zealand's 17.

England's captain Eoin Morgan lifts the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time in extraordinary circumstances, beating New Zealand by a tiebreaker of boundaries scored after the match was tied after regulation play and then the first Super Over in the tournament's history. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
England's captain Eoin Morgan lifts the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time in extraordinary circumstances, beating New Zealand by a tiebreaker of boundaries scored after the match was tied after regulation play and then the first Super Over in the tournament's history. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
England's Ben Stokes celebrates after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's Ben Stokes celebrates after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England players mob Jofra Archer after he bowled the super over to win the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England players mob Jofra Archer after he bowled the super over to win the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's Jos Buttler runs out New Zealand's Martin Guptill to win the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
England's Jos Buttler runs out New Zealand's Martin Guptill to win the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
England's Jos Buttler, left, celebrates after running out New Zealand's Martin Guptill to win the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
England's Jos Buttler, left, celebrates after running out New Zealand's Martin Guptill to win the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
England's captain Eoin Morgan kisses the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
England's captain Eoin Morgan kisses the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
England's captain Eoin Morgan is sprayed with champagne as he raises the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's captain Eoin Morgan is sprayed with champagne as he raises the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson reacts as he waits for the trophy presentation after losing the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson reacts as he waits for the trophy presentation after losing the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
New Zealand's Martin Guptill walks away after getting his losers medal after the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
New Zealand's Martin Guptill walks away after getting his losers medal after the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's Ben Stokes walks to receive the Player of the Match award after his team won the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
England's Ben Stokes walks to receive the Player of the Match award after his team won the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
New Zealand's cricketers congratulate England's Ben Stokes after England won the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
New Zealand's cricketers congratulate England's Ben Stokes after England won the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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