A heartstopper and tied super over: Two unbelievable epics for the ages
2 epics for the ages
If you were also torn between ICC Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon Men’s Final, IT'S FINE!
Sunday was an epic day for all the sports enthusiasts. On the cricket side, there was a wild collision between England and New Zealand which ended with first ever Super Over.
On the tennis side, Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer to win his fifth Grand Slam title on grass. It was also the longest Wimbledon final in history.
Super super over!!
England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time in extraordinary circumstances, beating New Zealand by a tiebreaker of boundaries scored after the match was tied after regulation play and then the first Super Over in the tournament’s history.
For the first time
Both teams scored 241 after the regulation 50 overs per side, with England hitting 14 off the last over — including a six made up of two runs followed by an accidental four deflected off the bat of the diving Ben Stokes — to tie New Zealand’s 241-8.
That meant the World Cup’s first ever Super Over, which fans watched with hands around their heads and with a rule explainer required on the big screens inside the home of cricket.
Inventor becomes champion
While New Zealand has lost two straight finals, the country that invented cricket has finally become its world champion. England had previously lost three finals, including one at Lord’s.
Long win for Djoker
Djokovic wins epic Wimbledon final for fifth title after Federer misses two Championship Points.
Novak Djokovic saved two match points to clinch a fifth Wimbledon title and 16th major on Sunday, shattering Roger Federer’s bid to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in the longest final ever played at the tournament.
Despite being outplayed by the 37-year-old Swiss for large parts of the knife-edge encounter, the world number one triumphed 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 13-12 (7/3).
Longest Wimbledon final ever
At 4 hours and 57 minutes, it was the longest Wimbledon final ever played and settled by a final set tiebreak for the first time.
Djokovic is the first man in 71 years to win the title from match points down.
In pic: Combination of pictures showing Novak Djokovic posing with his men's singles Grand Slam titles.