Stokes apologized to Williamson on the ball which went onto hit the boundary.
The day of World Cup 2019 final was fortunate for the England side. They got bonus four runs in the last over of the match. England required 15 runs off the last over. Trent Boult bowled the ball and it went to Martin Guptill who threw the ball back to the wicketkeeper and instead of going to the keeper it hit the bat of Ben Stokes and went for four runs. With two already taken by Stokes and four runs added they were able to draw the game and super over was the decider.
Stokes and Adil Rashid were completing the second run but had not crossed, when Guptill threw the ball. According to the rules, in such a case, when the ball takes a deflection the batsmen have to change ends and only the runs preceding the throw are counted.
This should have meant that England should have scored five runs on that ball, instead of six, with Rashid facing the penultimate ball of the innings. The relevant clause from the MCC rulebook gives clear guidance in this regard.
Rule 19.8: Overthrow or wilful act of a fielder
If the boundary results from an overthrow or from the wilful act of a fielder, the runs scored shall be
— any runs for penalties awarded to either side
— and the allowance for the boundary
— and the runs completed by the batsmen, together with the run in progress if they had already crossed at the instant of the throw or act.
Former ICC Umpire Simon Taufel told foxsports.com.au on Monday “It’s a clear mistake … it’s an error of judgment. It’s unfair on England, New Zealand and the umpires involved to say it decided the outcome.”
Stokes apologized for the incident to Kiwis captain Kane Williamson. Stokes said, “In the last over when the ball hit the bat and went for four it’s not exactly what you ask for. I have apologized to Kane countless times about that. It’s not exactly how you want to do it.”
Williamson also commented on the situation by stating: “It was a shame that the ball hit Stokes’ bat, but I just hope it doesn’t happen in moments like that. Unfortunately, that sort of thing happens from time to time. It’s a part of the game that we play. I don’t wish to nitpick, just hope it never happens in such moments ever again.”