Cricket is a game that is played in acres but is often decided by inches or millimeters. Hundreds of runs are scored but are often the one not scored that tends to haunt more in decisive situations. Over the years, the world has witnessed many dramatic cricket games but perhaps none more dramatic than the ICC Men's ODI World Cup final in 2019.
In an edge-of-the-seat thriller nearly three years ago, England and New Zealand both managed 241 runs and as the game went into a Super Over, both sides could not be separated yet again, with both managing 15 runs. However, the Three Lions were declared winners on the mere arbitrary rule of the boundary count. It was Martin Guptill who got run out in the last ball of the Super Over, falling short not only of his crease but in a sense the World Cup title.
In another encounter between the same two countries but in the Women's World Cup, a similar run out took place. However, it was England's Katherine Brunt this time who had to walk back to the pavilion. Brunt, much like Guptill, played a stroke towards the on-side region and desperately wanted to keep the strike and hence decided to take on the fielder and come back for the second.
However, she was way short and as England keeper Jos Buttler dislodged the bails in time in the Men's World Cup final, on this occasion, it was New Zealand's Katey Martin who completed the run out. It is pertinent to note though that Guptill simply had to come back in order to try and clinch the World Cup title, however, Brunt could have simply avoided the second run with her team in a comfortable position for a win.
A split-screen video of both the run-outs have been shared by the ICC on social media.
Check it out here:
Notably, England survived a lower-order collapse in this match to register a win by 1 wicket. They have two more matches to play after this and can proceed to the semifinals. The White Ferns, by contrast, only have a game remaining and are virtually out of the race to the semis.