CWC 19-Match 41: England Vs New Zealand
Date: 3rd July 2019
Umpire: Rod Tucker, Sundaram Ravi
Toss Won by: England, elected to bat first
England’s Innings: 305/8 (50 Overs, RR: 6.1)
Batting: Jonny Bairstow 106 off 99 balls, Jason Roy 60 off 61 balls, Eion Morgan 42 off 40 balls.
Bowling: Jimmy Neesham 2/41 in 10 overs, Met Henry 2/54 in 10 overs, Trent Boult 2/56 in 10 overs.
New Zealand’s Innings: 186 All Out (45 overs RR: 4.13)
Batting: Tom Latham 57 off 65 balls, Ross Taylor 28 off 42 balls, Kane Williamson 27 off 40 balls.
Bowling: Mark Wood 3/34 9 overs, Ben Stokes 1/10 in 5 overs, Jofra Archer 1/17 in 7 overs.
Famous win over India insured that England were on track to qualify for the semifinals.
New Zealand after couple of defeats were hoping to win the last match of the group stage to confirm their spot in semifinals as well.
England’s Eoin Morgan decided to bat first, after winning the toss, as they wanted to put New Zealand under pressure with a high target.
Tournament’s most explosive opening pair, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstwo started the innings for the English team.
New Zealand also started with their best bowlers, Trent Boult and Met Henry in hopes of early wickets.
As expected England’s batsmen started off with a bang, dispatched couple of boundaries in Boult’s over.
Both batsmen charged against New Zealand’s pacers, hit consecutive boundaries as England reached to 50 run mark in just 6.2 overs.
Jonny Bairstow remain the aggressor partner, despite couple of play and miss. Jason also dispatched Henry twice in same over.
Some marvelous strikes from the duo insured another opening partnership for England in the World Cup.
England finally lost first wicket, as Jason Roy cramped himself to play straight into the cover fielder and was dismissed after scoring 60.
Jonny Bairstow continued his hard hitting mode, stroked all around, also kept rotating strike to stay on a run a ball rate.
Joe Root tried to take on the bowler but Boult deceived him in a caught behind as England were progressing towards a mega total.
Jonny Bairstow played a blinder, scored another century in the tournament but fell soon after.
Jos Buttler was next to come on crease, could not do much as he became another victim of left arm Boult.
Captain Eion Morgan was the only batsman who could find regular boundaries for the England as they closing towards the Innings break.
Late blows could not stop England from crossing 300 mark as host finished their Innings at 305 for 8 in 50 overs.
New Zealand’s Innings
Though, New Zealand had a strong batting line up which could chase a 300+ total, it was a huge task against England’s bowling pack on a dying pitch.
Openers MJ Guptil and HM Nicholls resumed the innings for the New Zealand. Both being the power hitters wanted to get on but England bowlers had other ideas.
New Zealand faced an early disaster, with left handed HM Nicholls getting out on the first ball for a duck in the first over of the innings.
Guptil was the next in line, as Archer found him caught behind on 8, leaving his side 2/14 in sixth over.
Captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor joined to rebuild a partnership, played a lot of dots but kept rotating strike to take the game further.
New Zealand started to find their feet, couple of boundaries put pressure back on England, but Kewis made a blunder as Ross Taylor was run.
Wicket Keeper Tom Latham was the next to bat, soon Williamson was also sent back to the pavilion courtesy brilliance of Mark Wood.
New Zealand were on a blink of defeat, Tom tried to rescue his team but could not a find a partner on the other end.
Wicket kept falling, New Zealand was 7/164 as Tom Latham also fell against experienced Plunkett.
Soon New Zealand was all out for 186 in 45 overs, as England won the match by 119 runs.
England qualified for the Semifinals, while New Zealand would have to wait for the Pakistan Vs Bangladesh fixture.
Jos Buttler (WK)
Eion Morgan (C)
Kane Williamson (C)
Tom Latham (WK)
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