New Zealanders failed to cope with the brilliant English side in the 41st encounter of the Cricket World Cup and lost the match by 119 runs. England won the toss and opted to bat first against New Zealand at the Riverside Cricket Ground in Chester-le-street. England by batting first set an impressive 306 runs target for Kiwis with the help of brilliant 106 runs inning of Bairstow.
However, the entire New Zealand team returned to the pavilion by scoring just 185 runs and lost the match New Zealand made things difficult for Pakistan side after the defeat. Jonny Bairstow´s second successive hundred laid the foundation for England´s 119-run thrashing of New Zealand that saw the tournament hosts secure their place in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday.
It is the first time England have reached this stage since 1992, when they made the last of their three losing appearances in the final. England, yet to win the World Cup, were set for a huge score at 194-1 off 30 overs before managing just 111 in the last 20 against a New Zealand attack missing injured fast bowler Lockie Ferguson.
But, with Bairstow making 106, a total of 305-8 proved more than enough at Chester-le-Street. New Zealand could only manage 186 in reply as they suffered a third successive defeat of the tournament following losses to Pakistan and champions Australia — the team that beat them in the 2015 final.
“I am really pleased,” said man-of-the-match Bairstow. “We knew these two games were must-win to give ourselves the best opportunity of reaching the semi-final. “We knew the performances in the last couple of games weren´t up to scratch. To play the way we have and hopefully keep it going into the semis is pleasing.”
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham.
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27 September, 2019