The Catch-up: England 'wrongly awarded extra run' in dramatic finale

What happened?

The validity of the bizarre six-run incident that revived England’s hopes in Sunday’s World Cup final victory over New Zealand has been called into question. England were handed a huge slice of luck when the ball bounced off Ben Stokes’ bat after it was thrown in by a fielder and raced away to the boundary for an extra four runs. Respected former umpire Simon Taufel has said the incident was a ‘clear mistake’.

What difference did it make?

The dramatic moment took place with England needing nine runs from the final three balls. According to Taufel, the laws clearly state England should have been awarded five runs, not six. As it was, England only managed to get two more runs from the last two balls to tie the game - which they went on to win in the Super Over. In addition, the correct decision would have also meant England’s star batsman on the day, Ben Stokes, would not have been on strike for the last two deliveries. England cricket boss Ashley Giles dismissed the claims, saying: “We have got the trophy and we intend to keep it.”

New Zealand must be pretty angry...?

Not at all. The Kiwi’s captain, Kane Williamson, has been hailed for his classy reaction to a shattering defeat. He said of the incident: "That was a little bit of shame, wasn't it? Unfortunately, that's the game we play, and that sort of thing happens from time to time."

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