England reached the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup 2019, after defeating New Zealand in Chester-le-Street by 119 runs. This is the first time that England have qualified for the semi-finals since 1992.
England who went into the game with the danger of getting knocked out of the World Cup before reaching the top four defeated India, and now New Zealand to storm into the semifinals.
With England’s win, Pakistan are all but out of the semi-final race.
After winning the toss, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy were put to bat first, they stitched their 2nd straight hundred-run stand of World Cup 2019. Roy was almost walking back in the first ball of Match but he survived the close shave and went on to punish the New Zealand pacers.
Bairstow and Roy added 123 runs for the opening stand. Roy was dismissed for 60 but Bairstow went on to become the first English cricketer to hit back-to-back World Cup hundreds.
New Zealand though pulled things back with a fine bowling performance in the end overs as James Neesham, Henry and Boult struck late to derail the England innings. England managed just 63 runs in the last 10 overs as they were restricted to 304.
New Zealand’s chase got off to a horror start when they lost Henry Nicholls for naught in the first over. Martin Guptill suffered another failure as he was dismissed for 8, leaving New Zealand reeling at 14 for 2.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made a bid to rebuild the innings but England ran the two batsmen out in quick succession with some smart work on the field.
While it looked game over for New Zealand after the wickets of Taylor and Williamson, Tom Latham and James Neesham helped New Zealand stay afloat with a 50-run stand. However, Mark Wood came back to haunt the Black Caps by removing Neesham for 19.
Latham went on to complete a half-century before he was caught behind off a Liam Plunkett bouncer in the 39th over.
England came up with a collective effort with the ball as Mark Wood picked up 3 wickets while the likes of Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes picked up a wicket each to dent New Zealand’s chase at regular intervals.
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