ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Date & Time: 03 July 2019
RR: 4.13 | England beat New Zealand by 119 runs
ENGLAND REACH AN ODI WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL AFTER 27 YEARS! Do they believe they can win their first ever crown in this format? They have locked the third place for now and will be awaiting either Australia or India on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). As far as this Thursday is concerned, that is July 4, it is a dead rubber. Afghanistan take on West Indies in Match 42 at Headingley. Join us at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious England captain, Eoin Morgan believes that England played unbelievably today. Is admiring the stand between Roy and Bairstow which enabled his side to be on top despite losing their way in the last 30 overs of the first innings. On England being forced to adapt to defending totals more than preferring to chase, Morgan bluntly says that he believes that his side can do both - defend or chase - depending on how good or bad the pitch gets in the second innings. On England's chances in their next knockout, Eoin is happy with the intent shown by his unit in the last two games, which is identical to the gameplan laid down for the future 4 years ago. On being asked who would they prefer in the semi-final as their opponent - Australia or India - Morgan is quick to say NO. He is happy enough to be playing in the semi-final in the first place and wants his side to play good cricket.
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, admits that it is not easy to recover after three successive losses but wants his side to learn from those games and move forward. On being asked whether England got the best of the conditions, Williamson agrees but quickly says that the home side was much better in all departments than his own. Praises the English top order for being so dominant. On being asked whether he felt that New Zealand had a chance to win at the halfway stage, Kane says that definitely, they felt so but for that they needed partnerships which did not come. Wants his unit to play some smart cricket and apply itself, citing examples of a run out and a soft dismissal down the leg side as a non-ideal way to start the run chase. On what New Zealand can do till the next game, if they do play the semi-final, Williamson just stresses on individuals trying to improve themselves and adapt to different surfaces. But is also quick to point out that if they do reach the semis, it will be a different day and they are yet to play their best cricket. On Lockie Ferguson's injury, Kane says that he was rested as a precautionary measure.
JONNY BAIRSTOW HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Bairstow says he is very pleased and they knew that the last two games are must-win ones and the performances they have put in a few games haven't been upto the mark, but adds the last two matches have been very good. On how important the toss is, he says the toss of the coin can go either way, on a different day they could have been bowling first and you never know what could have happened but today they batted first and it all went well. States he and Roy have been batting together for a while and they understand each other, the communication between the two is good. On being reminded it was his third consecutive ton against New Zealand, he says, he did not know it was his third, they needed to play well today against a quality side and he is happy they got over the line. Mentions the break is going to be important, they need to rest, get fresh and be ready. Further adds they will meet up a couple of days before and get ready to go. Ends by saying they are hoping for another good performance in the semi finals and he hopes they can continue the form they have showed in the last two games.
Earlier in the day, a Jonny Bairstow century and a 123-run opening stand floored New Zealand. Though, the latter did come back with some excellent bowling display but Bairstow and Roy had done enough damage. Bairstow also became the first English player to score back-to-back World Cup hundreds and here he is, talking to Michael Atherton.
England were excellent with the ball. Sorry. Balls (2 you see). I keep forgetting that due to so much of T20 cricket around. Woakes and Archer set the tone early with disciplined bowling while Plunkett and Wood ensured that there was no let up in pressure. Wood was the beneficiary of being the highest wicket-taker of the match with 3 scalps.
Chasing a big total, a good start is always needed and that is one thing which the Kiwis have never got in this tournament. Guptill's poor form is a big worry and it was not any great in this match either. In next to no time, the Black Caps slipped to 14/2. As usual, Williamson and Taylor needed to resurrect and they tried their best but could not do much. Once they fell, the innings just fell apart. Only Tom Latham managed to cross 50, in a list of just 5 batsmen who reached double figures. The Kiwis might still make it to the semis but after starting the tournament on a bright note, they seem to be tapering off, which needs to be arrested.
Not many would have expected England to lose today after they were 194/1 in 30 overs. But when they started to lose momentum after Joe Root's wicket, it did seem like they were going off track. They mustered 305, which seemed to be 70-80 runs shy but their bowling, which was supposed to be their weak link in this tournament, came good once again.
The crowd roars. A massive, massive win for England. Comprehensive is the word. By 119 runs. The team touted to play the final is indeed back on track. Fist pumps between the English players and now, time for the handshakes.
Trent Boult is the last man in.
Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 5 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 50th over. Don't think the game will last till there though. Also, Adil Rashid is back on.
Matt Henry is the new man in.
UDRS for LBW. Looks dead plumb and Santner is already walking. But he is stopped by Southee and they want another look. From around the wicket, flick shot missed. Does not look to be missing any stump. No spike on the Ultra Edge when the ball passes the bat. Missing off stump! But hitting leg and middle. Santner can resume walking.
Mark Wood is back into the attack! 6-0-27-1 are his figures.
Into the bowlers. Tim Southee is the first of them. Ooops... Plunkett comes running in but is blocked by the umpire. Southee was not ready. Let us get ready for either some cheap wickets or some entertaining strokes.
Liam Plunkett is back on. 7-0-26-0 so far.
A huge roar goes around the ground as a streaker has come on the field. Hence, we will have to wait till he is moved out.
Chris Woakes is back on now!
DRINKS! Boringgggg. That is what the scenario is, right now. Neither are the batsmen able to get the boundaries nor are the wickets falling. The defeat is looming large on the wall and perhaps the Kiwis can try and bat out their 50 overs and reduce the defeat margin, so that it gets tougher for Pakistan to get through, even if they beat Bangladesh on Friday.
Jofra Archer is back!
Mitchell Santner is the new man in.
Ben Stokes is on now!
Colin de Grandhomme walks in at number 7, replacing Neesham.
Mark Wood is back!
Liam Plunkett is back into the attack!
Adil Rashid is on now!
Interesting. Joe Root to bowl his offies.
Jimmy Neesham walks in at number 6, replacing Taylor.
A suicidal run and Taylor is surely short! The England players are celebrating but the umpires have taken it upstairs. Ross is already walking off.
Tom Latham walks in at number 5, replacing his skipper.
The ball has deflected off the bowler's hand onto the stumps at the non-striker's end. Is Williamson short? Big moment in the chase. Kane is seen shaking his head. Does he reckon he is gone? Oh dear... here come the replays. The ball has brushed the fingers and Williamson's bat is in the air!
Mark Wood is brought on! Double change by England.
Liam Plunkett is on now!
Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.
Ross Taylor is the new man in.
Jofra Archer to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
Kane Williamson is the new man in! The skipper needs to play a big innings here.
We are back for the chase! The New Zealand openers, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls make their way out to the middle. The right-hander will be on strike and he will be facing Chris Woakes who has the first new ball. Here we go...