England tracked down the totality with five wickets in hand, courtesy of Ben Stokes’ first T20I half century. Sam Curran was names the player of the match (3/12) and the player of the tournament (12 wickets in six matches).
Ben Stokes: “In finals especially when chasing. you probably forget all the hard work before that, how we bowled, Adil Rashid and Sam Curran won us the game. It was a tricky wicket and one that you never felt in, so to restrict them to 130-odd bowlers have to take a lot of credit for that. With that (defeat to Ireland) being so early in the competition we obviously had to address it, say what had to be said and then let it go. In tournaments like these you can’t carry baggage with you, that was a little blip on the way, credit to Ireland for turning up and beating us, but the best teams learn from their mistakes and not let it affect them. Pretty good evening. Representing your country in World Cups is amazing. but it has been a good one.”
Curran: “I don’t think I should be getting this, I think Ben Stokes should get this (PoTM). Big square boundaries, so I knew my into the wicket bowling would work with big boundaries. I mixed it up with slower balls to make it tough for the batter. Incredibly special. We all look up to him. People question him but he’s incredible Amazing crowd. I wanted to be adaptable coming into the tournament. I haven’t bowled much at the death before. Needed to be good with the bat too. How good is it to be a World Champ (smiles).”