Boundary Count Rule in WC Final Didn’t Come as a Surprise, Says Jimmy Neesham
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England beat New Zealand on the basis of more boundaries to lift their maiden Cricket World Cup title in 2019. NZ allrounder Jimmy Neesham has recently confessed that he knew of the rule and it did not come to him as a surprise after the deadlock was not broken in the Super Over.

The blockbuster finale ended in a tie after 100 overs and the Super Over also saw both the teams score 15 runs off six deliveries. England were crowned champions as they had scored more boundaries than New Zealand in the match. Kane Williamson”s troops had to settle for the runners-up trophy.

“I was padding up in the change room for the Super Over. I hadn’t been mentioned at any point before that. Although having said that initially, I had actually won a match on boundary count in a Super Over before in my career so it wasn’t much of a surprise for me,” Neesham told ESPNcricinfo.

Batting first in the Super Over, England batsmen scored 15/0 off six Trent Boult deliveries. In the chase, Neesham smashed 13 runs off the first five deliveries from Jofra Archer, handing the task of scoring 2 runs off the final delivery to Martin Guptill.

Guptill hit the ball towards deep mid-wicket and was run-out while trying to get back into the crease at the striker’s end.

“When we got out to bat, obviously getting 16 in a Super Over to win is almost unreachable. So, the pressure was pretty well off because I guess no one is going to blame you for not getting 16,” Neesham said.

“It was all about making contact as long as possible but yeah 1 run, 20 centimeters short? Will think about those 20 centimeters for the next 50 years,” he added.

(With agency inputs)