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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has finally come to an end and the crown of World Champions is now worn by England, for the first time in their cricketing history as they beat New Zealand at Lord’s in a thrilling contest on Sunday.  Both the teams had an amazing campaign in the 2019 Cricket World Cup and were the deserving winners but sadly there is only one winner in a game and it was England.

Let’s have a rundown in the history of the mega tournament and freshen up our memories.

The Australians have been top notch and have won the Cricket World cup on a whopping 5 occasions in 1979, 1999, 2003, 2007 and the last one in 2015. West Indies won the inaugural tournament in 1975 under the captaincy of the legendary Clive Lloyd and then defended it successfully in 1979. India clinched the trophy in 1983 and then won their second Cricket World cup in 2011 under the tutelage of the great Mahindra Singh Dhoni. Pakistan and Sri Lanka both have the honour of winning the World Cup once each. In 1992 superstar Imran Khan steered his team to the winning podium while in 1996 Arjuna Ranatunga earned the gold medal for his nation in Lahore.

Veteran Sachin Tendulkar who played in 6 Cricket World Cups from 1992-2011 tops the list of the leading run scorer in World Cups with 2278. In bowling, Glenn Mcgrath is on the top of the charts with 71 wickets in World Cups.

In Cricket World Cup 2019, England against Afghanistan posted the tournament highest score of 397 while 105 was the lowest total scored by Pakistan against West Indies. Indian opener Rohit Sharma ended up as the leading run scorer amassing 648 runs in 9 games decorated with five centuries while Mitchell Starc once again led the bowler’s race with 27 wickets to his name in just 8 games.

David Warner scored scintillating 166 against Bangladesh which was the highest individual score of this World Cup while the best bowling figures were posted by the teen sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi who picked up 6 wickets for 35 runs against Bangladesh and became the first teenager to do so in World Cups.

Babar Azam became Pakistan’s highest scoring batsman in a single world cup with 474 runs. Before him, it was Javed Miandad who scored 437 runs in 1992.

Kiwi Captain, Kane Williamson made the record for most runs by a captain in a single World Cup as he compiled 550 runs in the tournament. Despite the Cricket World Cup outcome didn’t favour his side, he was declared player of the tournament for his sensational batting efforts and outstanding captaincy.

The top 10 teams from the cricketing nations fought in this year’s World Cup in a round robin format after a long time. So let’s take a stroll down the road dissecting how the Cricket World Cup unfolded this time.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was hosted by England and Wales. The inaugural match was played between the hosts England and South Africa which the home side managed to win rather comfortably. Pakistan lost badly to West Indies the next day while India, Australia and New Zealand had a bright start to their World Cup. The favourite 4 of the World Cup were cruising easily and it looked as if the Cricket World Cup outcome would favour them but everything turned around after Pakistan emerged winners in a vital game against England. Moving ahead, India got the better of Australia and Sri Lanka vanquished England to keep the top 4 race wide open. South Africa had a disappointing World Cup as they were beaten by Bangladesh and lost 4 games out of first 5 played which ended their hopes of progressing into the semis. Pakistan capitalized on their opportunities as they razed South Africa and New Zealand. West Indies were far from their best managing just a single win in their first six games and 2 overall in the tournament. Bangladesh were the dark horses as they muddled everyone with their wonderful team performances defeating South Africa and West Indies excellently. During the last stages of league games, England had crunch fixtures and a loss would have pushed them out of the semifinal and allow Pakistan to enter the top 4 but they kept their nerves and beat India and New Zealand to qualify for the semis. Afghanistan went back home without a win in the tournament but they surely gained a lot of experience. In the first semifinal, New Zealand was victorious beating India. The fantastic throw by Guptill was the key moment which dismissed Dhoni and the Kiwis booked their place in the final for the second time in a row. England dominated Australia and won the game comfortably to play the World Cup final after 27 years.

In the final, New Zealand won the toss and batting first posted a score of 241 runs on the scoreboard. The target seemed easy but the pitch was tricky and New Zealand bowled beautifully in death overs as the thrill increased with every passing ball. England needed 2 runs on the last ball but they could only take one and the match went into the super over. England batted first and made 15 runs in the super over. New Zealand found 14 on the 5 deliveries and needed 2 on the last but a perfect throw reached Buttler who disturbed the stumps and Guptill was short of the crease for the second run. England players jumped in the air in jubilance as the Super over was drawn and as per the rule, the team with the most boundaries will win if super over is drawn. England scored 26 boundaries in their innings while New Zealand managed only 19. It was a cruel way of losing the World Cup final but the luck was not in favour of the men in black and so was the Cricket World Cup outcome.

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