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Champions: England beat NZ in dramatic final|Match tied, Super Over tied, boundaries decide winner

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England found cricketing bliss by dint of divine intervention and Ben Stokes’ brilliance, cracking a code that proved indecipherable for 44 years as history sliced through teary-eyed New Zealand’s grasp in a final that will be remembered for ages.

England won it via Super Over on boundary count.

The game twisted this way and that till the very last ball, and beyond. Fittingly enough, the finale, inarguably the most gripping in the tournament’s history, unfolded in a venue that is steeped in history.

In the end, it was England’s superior boundary count 22 fours and two sixes compared 16 by New Zealand that saw the ‘Cup’ finally coming to its spiritual home.

It was a good final delivery from Barbados-born Jofra Archer and Stokes’ steely performance in a tricky 242-run chase that sent 60 percent of those present at the Lord’s into raptures.

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