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Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand Lose but Mostly Through to Semis

Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand Lose but Mostly Through to Semis Photo: TT
England Defeated New Zealand to Make the Semi-Final

England beat New Zealand by 119 runs to book their place in the World Cup semi-finals.

England won the toss in this decisive rubber and opted to bat first. And their opening pair of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow gave them an ideal start with a partnership of 123 that was only ended when Roy, who had made 60, chipped a loose shot from Jimmy Needham straight to Mitchell Santner at cover. Joe Root joined Bairstow in the middle, and the Yorkshire pair put on 71 until Root edged a delivery from Trent Boult, and was caught behind for 24. Bairstow then reached his second successive ODI century, his 9th in all, before he was bowled by Matt Henry for 106. He had struck 15 fours and a six.

Jos Buttler was promoted up the order to try and keep the scoring rate going, but he did not last long, making just 12 before steering a delivery from Boult straight to Kane Williamson at cover. Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan then combined, but the scoring rate had really slowed against tight bowling, and the pressure told when Stokes hit Mitchell Santner straight to Matt Henry on the long-on boundary. Chris Woakes was the next to fall cheaply, playing a ball from Jimmy Neesham straight to Williamson who was fielding at mid-off, out for just 4.

Then Morgan fell for 40, brilliantly caught by Santner off the bowling of Henry. However, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid saw the home side past 300, and, although Rashid fell in the last over for 16 to Santner, Plunkett and Jofra Archer helped England close their innings on 305 – 8.

In reply, New Zealand suffered a very early loss when Woakes had Henry Nicholls lbw without scoring. And then Jofra Archer struck to have Martin Guptill caught behind, also for a duck. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor looked to rebuild the innings, but, when Williamson had reached 27, Taylor drove at a ball from Mark Wood, and the bowler stretched out an arm to divert the ball on to the stumps, running out the New Zealand captain. Then in the following over, Taylor run himself out with some suicidal running, to depart for 28.

Tom Latham and Jimmy Neesham tried to stage a recovery with a stand of 54, but Neesham was then bowled by Wood for 19, as England tightened their grip on the game. Their position was strengthened further when Colin de Grandhomme tried to hit Stokes out of the ground and was caught by Root at deep square leg. Latham and Santner added 36, but both fell in successive overs, Latham caught behind off Plunkett for 57, and then Santner lbw to Wood for 17. Matt Henry and Tim Southee put on 15, but Henry was bowled by Wood, and Rashid wrapped the innings up as Boult was stumped.

New Zealand had been bowled out for 186 with five overs to spare, but are still likely to make the semi-finals too on Net Run Rate.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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