England by defeating the Black Caps sealed their semi-final spot in the ongoing CWC 2019. England’s massive 119-run win over New Zealand was possible after they put up a par score on the board. However, the Kiwis were not able to put up a great partnership in order to threaten the hosts.
However, with England’s win, it has put Pakistan under serious trouble. Even though the Kiwis lost their game against England, they don’t need to worry much about it. After all, they would remain as the frontrunners in the tournament because of a better NRR. This means that Pakistan would need to register an enormous victory against Bangladesh, which seems pretty impractical.
England moved ahead with their tried and tested approach of batting first after winning the toss. Once again, the openers set a wonderful 123-run partnership establishing a solid platform. Jason Roy raced his way through another fifty in the tournament but was dismissed after scoring 60. However, Roy’s partner Jonny Bairstow carried on just from where he left off in the last match.
The 29-year-old recorded his second consecutive ton in the tournament. But like in the last match, he wasn’t able to convert that century into a big one. He was dismissed by Matt Henry when he was on 106. Skipper Eoin Morgan was the next highest scorer with 42 runs. Ben Stokes, however, never seemed to have got going in the game and registered three consecutive half centuries. England couldn’t get to a score they would’ve wanted midway through the innings. The hosts finished with 305/8 which proved to be pretty good enough.
Chasing a huge target of 306 wasn’t easy for the Kiwis after being reduced to 14/2. While Henry Nicholls was dismissed for a golden duck, Martin Guptill was able to score only 8 runs. The saddest part was New Zealand lost both their match-winners in the form of run-outs. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were caught short of the crease and scored 27 and 28 runs respectively.
James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme couldn’t stick around for long. The former scored 19 runs off 27 balls before Mark Wood bowled his stumps. Grandhomme got out to a disgracefully bad shot at a crucial point in the game for 3 runs putting the team in trouble. Just then, Tom Latham came to the team’s rescue. The out-of-form batsman finally found his touch back and scored 57 off 65 balls.
However, New Zealand kept losing wickets regularly once Tom fell. The team was bundled out for 186 in 45 overs resulting in a 119-run loss.
Man of the Match
Jonny Bairstow was declared as the Man of the Match.