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WC 19: England Sealed The Semi-final Spot With A Win Over New Zealand

The host England, have registered a whopping 119-run win over New Zealand in their final group league match at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street on July 3. Jonny Bairstow scored a century while Jason Roy scored another fifty and Mark Wood took a three-wicket haul and sealed the deal for England.

England won the toss and opted to bat first. Openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got off to a flying start where they added 123 runs in 18.1 overs before Jimmy Neesham successfully broke the partnership. After hitting back-to-back boundaries, Roy got carried away and tried to hit through covers which ended up landing in Santner’s hand at the cover and he once again failed to convert his fifty to a big score.

However, a 71-partnership came from Bairstow and Joe Root where the bulk of the runs came from the in-form Bairstow. Root got a top-edge off Boult’s short ball down the leg side and fell for mere 24. Bairstow also fell after scoring a century. His 106 came off 99 balls  Jos Buttler, who came at number 4, failed to score big and got out for 11.

Eoin Morgan scored a 40-ball 42 and took his side to 305 after 50 overs. Trent Boult, Matt Henry and James Neesham bagged 2 wickets each while Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee took 1 each for New Zealand.

While chasing, New Zealand needed a flying start where openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls fell very cheaply. Once again the pressure fell upon Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor who both added 47 runs. Both Williamson and Taylor got dismissed by run-out in quick successions after scoring 27 and 28 respectively.

Tom Latham and James Neesham, however, started to resurrect the chase. The added 54 runs before Mark Wood dismissed Neesham for 19. Latham tried his best to anchor the chase but didn’t get support from the other end and eventually fell after scoring 57 off 65. Economical spells from England bowlers bundle the Kiwis within 186, claiming a 119 runs win and confirmed their berth for the semi-finals.

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