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England celebrate their win on boundary countback in the 2019 Cricket World Cup final.
Every cricket fan in New Zealand will have thought about it over the past 72 hours.
What happens if the Black Caps’ Twenty20 World Cup semifinal against England [first ball Thursday 3am NZ time] ends in a tie?
Just like the 2019 one-day World Cup final between the two teams, the contest will head to a Super Over, where a total of three batsmen have six balls to score as many runs as possible.
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But unlike that day two years ago, they will keep holding Super Overs until one team wins, with batsmen dismissed not allowed to bat again.
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In 2019, England won the Cricket World Cup after a tied Super Over and a tie at the end of 50 overs by virtue of boundary countback.
They hit 22 fours and two sixes while the Black Caps hit 14 fours and two sixes, so they got the honours, and Kane Williamson and his men were left to reflect on how close they’d come.
In his pre-match press conference in Abu Dhabi, Williamson touched on the “rules bits and pieces that fell another way and decided the result” and noted that boundary countback was no longer in use as a tiebreaker
“It was an amazing game to be a part of and certainly for all the guys, when it does come up in conversation, it’s looked back on fondly, and they appreciate that experience, although, at the time, the aftermath was very difficult to understand and perhaps didn’t make a lot of sense.”
“But that is what it is. You sign up, you play by the rules, and you move on, and you look forward to the next challenges.
“As a group they continue to come thick and fast and that’s where we like to put our focus. Not long after that was some test cricket focus. And now we’re at a T20 World Cup, and the cricket just continues to roll on.”
The Black Caps are seeking to add the T20 World Cup title to the World Test Championship, which they won earlier this year, beating India in the final.
This will be their meeting in a row with England in the finals of a white-ball World Cup. Before the 2019 one-day event, they met in the semifinals of the last T20 World Cup, in India in 2016, with England winning but going on to lose in the final.
The two umpires for this year’s semifinal, South Africa’s Marais Erasmus and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena, are the same duo that stood in the middle two years ago.