England, one of the greatest and oldest cricket teams, played tremendously in the 2019 cricket world cup. People might ask when did England last win the cricket world cup and how they managed to do it. So you would be surprised that they won their first-ever world cup trophy in 2019. They had come close to winning this trophy previously but could not. However, in 2019, they played well and brought back the trophy to their country. So to know how they did it, below is the roadmap of their journey to becoming the champions.
World Cup Cricket 2019
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 took place in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July 2019. This was the 12th Cricket World Cup hosted by England for the fifth time, after those in 1979 and 1992. There were ten teams involved, and they played league tournaments to qualify for the semifinals. The final match took place at Lord’s, the home of cricket.
England was awarded the hosting rights on 9 January 2009, ahead of bids from India and Pakistan. They are the second country to host a World Cup after Australia, which hosted the 2003 World Cup. England and Wales will be hosting their second Cricket World Cup; they previously hosted the first event in 1999. Australia was the most successful team in this tournament, winning five times while India has won twice.
Roadmap To The Finals
England reached the finals of the Cricket World Cup 2019 when they beat Australia in the semifinal and got a chance to face New Zealand in the Finals. England had never won a Cricket World Cup title, and they had been waiting for this moment for so long. Unfortunately, they lost to Australia in the previous world cup, which was painful. But now they have taken revenge on Aussies by beating them comprehensively at Edgbaston, by eight wickets. England was third in the points table, winning six out of their nine matches. They easily qualify to the semifinals and then to the finals of the world cup. In the qualifying round, they beat some famous teams such as South Africa, India, New Zealand, etc.
The matches were tough, but the English team came together and showed great cricket play in every match of the world cup. They were facing cricket giants Australia in the semifinals, and they won the toss and decided to bat first. England stopped the Aussies at the score of just 223, which was not much promising at the semifinals stage. Chris Woakes from England bowled well and helped his team by taking three wickets by just giving twenty runs. With the help of bowlers and very tight fielding, England could dismiss the Aussies in the 49th over at 223 runs in total.
Then the score, which looked easy to conquer, England did it flawlessly by completing the target in just 32 over. Jason Roy showed some great knocks in the match and scored 85 runs. The batsmen played well as Australia could not dismiss more than two batsmen of England. That is how England easily beat the Australian team and caused the biggest upset as this was the first time they had lost in the semifinals.
Crowning As World Champion
After beating Australia, they reached the cricket world cup finals where they now faced another great team in form New Zealand. New Zealand had reached the final by defeating India by 18 runs. The final of cricket world cup 2019 took place on 14 July. England lost the toss in the finals, and New Zealand decided to bat first. The new Zealand batsmen scored a total of 241 runs. Chris Woakes again showed a good spell with his bowling taking three wickets. Now it was the turn of England to chase the target set by New Zealand. The score seemed average and easy, but New Zealand showed fighting potential by forcing the England team to draw the match. The match was pretty thrilling and exciting, and both teams scored 241 runs in the World Cup finals. Super over was held to decide the winner of the game.
New Zealand batted first and scored fifteen runs. The thrill of the finals did not end here as England could not overcome this target, and they also scored fifteen runs. The match again got tied up. Then the officials decided to count the number of boundaries, and England was announced as the champions. Yes, after a lot of exciting moments, England was finally crowned as champions of cricket world cup 2019 and was presented with the world cup trophy.