England heading to semi-finals after victory over Black Caps

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England have faced New Zealand in a World Cup clash in Chester-le-Street.

The hosts had to win to guarantee qualification for the semi-finals and they were able to secure a 119-run victory.

The Durham County Cricket Club ground had already hosted two World Cup matches.

The BLACKCAPS have fallen to England by 119 runs in Durham after England batted first and posted 305/8 at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The tension was high with both teams desperate to score a victory.

Both England and New Zealand had contrasting runs heading into their last group stage fixture.

New Zealand won five, had one washout, and lost their last two fixtures. They lost to Pakistan at Edgbaston by six wickets and were thrashed by the Aussies in their last fixture at Lord’s by 85 runs after Mitchell Starc destroyed their batting line-up.

England won their last game against India by 31 runs, a result which came on the back of four wins and three losses.

The Englishmen needed a good start from the openers, and they delivered a 123-run stand off 112 balls. Jason Roy scored his second consecutive half-century and his third for the tournament, while Jonny Bairstow scored his second consecutive ton. Jimmy Neesham broke the partnership when Roy lobbed the ball to Mitchell Santner in the 19th over, departing for 60 off 61 deliveries with the score at 123.

The only other 50+ partnership of the was between Bairstow and Joe Root. They added 71 runs off 69 deliveries, and when Root faintly edged the ball to Tom Latham, the score was 194.

Following Root’s departure, England kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were restricted well by New Zealand in the last 20 overs, when they only managed 111 runs.

New Zealand needed a good start, but lost both their openers early – not for the first time this World Cup. Henry Nicholls was given out for a golden duck, lbw off the bowling of Chris Woakes. Replays showed that if he had reviewed the decision, he would have been not out. Martin Guptill’s horrible World Cup campaign continued when Jos Buttler took a spectacular catch down the leg side to remove him for eight.

England were excellent, winning their second straight must-win encounter. They’re looking dangerous at the right time.

Two game-changing moments came through a couple of contrasting run-outs. Kane Williamson departed for 27 off 40 via a deflection off Mark Wood’s fingertips during his follow-through. Not long after, Ross Taylor was caught short trying to take on Adil Rashid in the deep, gone for 28 off 42.

New Zealand, though, have plenty to ponder upon before their next fixture. They have most likely qualified for the semi-finals provided Pakistan don’t pull off a miraculous thrashing off Bangladesh. The struggling Black Caps will face the team that comes first at Old Trafford on Tuesday, and they have six days to turn their fortunes around.

Highlights

Innings 1

  • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 38 balls, 26 mins (JJ Roy 14, JM Bairstow 29, extras 8)
  • England: 50 runs in 6.2 overs (38 balls, 26 mins, 8 extras)
  • Powerplay 1: Overs 1 – 10 (67 runs, 0 wickets)
  • 1st Wicket: 100 runs in 88 balls, 62 mins (JJ Roy 47, JM Bairstow 44, extras 9)
  • England: 100 runs in 14.4 overs (88 balls, 62 mins, 9 extras)
  • JJ Roy: 50 off 55 balls, 68 mins (6 x 4)
  • JM Bairstow: 50 off 46 balls, 69 mins (9 x 4)
  • Drinks: England – 111/0 in 17.0 overs (JJ Roy 50, JM Bairstow 52)
  • England: 150 runs in 23.2 overs (140 balls, 101 mins, 9 extras)
  • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 47 balls, 36 mins (JM Bairstow 29, JE Root 20, extras 1)
  • JM Bairstow: 100 off 95 balls, 131 mins (14 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • England: 200 runs in 31.0 overs (186 balls, 140 mins, 10 extras)
  • Drinks: England – 200/2 in 31.0 overs (JM Bairstow 100, JC Buttler 6)
  • Powerplay 2: Overs 11 – 40 (174 runs, 4 wickets)
  • England: 250 runs in 43.2 overs (260 balls, 197 mins, 11 extras)
  • England: 300 runs in 49.1 overs (295 balls, 227 mins, 15 extras)
  • Powerplay 3: Overs 41 – 50 (64 runs, 4 wickets)

Innings 2

  • Powerplay 1: Overs 1 – 10 (37 runs, 2 wickets)
  • BLACKCAPS: 50 runs in 12.4 overs (76 balls, 54 mins, 3 extras)
  • Drinks: BLACKCAPS – 61/3 in 15.1 overs (LRPL Taylor 22, TWM Latham 0)
  • BLACKCAPS: 100 runs in 21.4 overs (130 balls, 92 mins, 4 extras)
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 48 balls, 30 mins (TWM Latham 29, JDS Neesham 19, extras 2)
  • Drinks: BLACKCAPS – 136/6 in 32.0 overs (TWM Latham 42, MJ Santner 1)
  • TWM Latham: 50 off 51 balls, 91 mins (4 x 4)
  • BLACKCAPS: 150 runs in 35.5 overs (215 balls, 161 mins, 9 extras)
  • Powerplay 2: Overs 11 – 40 (134 runs, 6 wickets)

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