England are the first team who have already approached to Semi-Final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 by defeating New Zealand at Cardiff. It was a must win for both the teams. But unfortunate New Zealand fall into trouble for losing to England by 87 runs.
New Zealand winning the toss called England to bat first. The contribution of England’s Alex Hales 56 (62), Joe Root 64 (65), Ben Stokes 48 (53) and Jos Buttler 61* (48) made a good target of 311. The scorecard shows the aggressive mood of English batsmen.
New Zealand’s batting started with a collision of English bowler Jake Ball. Luke Ronchi got bowled with a duck in the fourth ball of the first over of Jake Ball. Later, New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson 87 (98) and Ross Taylor 39 (59) tried to hold the innings but at the last moment, New Zealand’s innings stopped at 223 runs. England won the match by 87 runs and approach to Semi-Final.
Now New Zealand have to win over Bangladesh if they want to stay for Semi-Final. Besides, New Zealand have to eye on the match of England vs Australia. If Australia loss to England and New Zealand win over Bangladesh then New Zealand will be able to play Semi-Final.
Eoin Morgan speaks: “We weren’t that pleased at the half-way stage, maybe 30 short of par. But it shows with the batting line-up we’ve got, upwards of 300 always leaves you in with a shout.“
Kane Williamson: “They bat very deep with a lot of power, so restricting them wasn’t a bad effort. In all areas, England outplayed us today. Credit to the way they went about their business, especially with the ball in hand. We were trying to get momentum, and increasing that run-rate to chase down the total. It was a tough job, England used the dimensions of the ground well, the wind was a big factor, and the pitch was a bit two-faced.“
Morgan says his bowlers learned from the batting innings. “We hit the wicket hard, no value in full with the short straight boundaries. We weren’t too greedy, just hit the seam on a good length. It feels good to be in the semis but we are not satisfied. We want to fulfill our potential.“
Williamson says, “New Zealand will front up against Bangladesh and hope that these guys can help us out a bit.”