There was nothing to split the two teams, after the drama of the last passage of play, as the scores were tied, even after each team had faced a super over, only for England to be declared winners, on having hit a combined total of 26 boundaries in their innings of 241 all out plus the super over compared to New Zealand’s 17 in its innings of 241-8 plus the super over - you can find all the cricket scores on stumped.app
The match was played in a great spirit, in front of full house at Lord’s, with both captains, England’s Eoin Morgan and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, leading from the front. At the end of the memorable match, there was a strong case of cricket being the winner. There was no loser on the day but both captains, have since spoken of their general dissatisfaction in the manner a winner emerged. Kumar Dharmasena’s admission of an error, though after consultation with fellow umpire Marais Erasmus, with an extra run awarded in an overthrow in the final over, too has not gone down well either.
According to Kumar Dharmasena, Law 19.8 of the Playing Conditions categorically states that the batsman at the crease Ben Stokes & Adil Rashid should have already crossed before Martin Guptill began to throw for the second run to count in the final tally. Guptill’s throw ricocheted off Stokes’ bat and rolled into boundary behind the Wicket Keeper. In simpler terms, the equation that came down from 9 off 3 to 3 off 2, with Stokes retaining strike should have been 4 off 2 with Rashid on strike” In such a case, would it have made any difference?
The two on the field umpires consulting each other over technological connection which could be heard by the third umpire and the match referee, had reached a decision on the field. Needless to say, that technology was not utilised to ensure accurate decision making, which is the norm these days.
The declaration of the winner could have been based on number of options had these been provided in the Playing Conditions, the Match Referee deciding on the number of boundaries was one! This situation of a tied Super Over probably was the first one in the history of the game! Does that mean that a knockout can only be decided by runs or wickets? Playing Conditions for World Cup 2019 stipulated provision of number of boundaries clearly and squarely. Whether fair or otherwise, this can only call for learning from the situation, which comes one in a million. Let’s see what happens in 2023