In the 41st match of the World Cup on Wednesday, hosts England defeated New Zealand by 119 runs at the Riverside Ground. In reply to England's 305 runs, the whole team of New Zealand was all out for 186 runs in 45 overs. Tom Latham was the highest scorer with 57 runs. With this, England made it to the semi-finals after 27 years. His 9 matches has 6 wins. Johnny Bairstow was given the Man of the Match for his century.
He has played five semi-final games so far. On the other hand, New Zealand's team played semi-final seven times. In the last World Cup, he reached the final by defeating South Africa, but the team could not win the title.
New Zealand's start to chase England's target of 305 runs was not good and they lost wickets of their four main batsmen within 70 runs. Although wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham played a 57-run innings but he could not win the team due to frequent falling wickets.
Earlier, openers Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow gave the team a strong start. Both of them shared the third consecutive century partnership of this World Cup. However, Roy was dismissed after the fifties.
Bairstow scored the highest 106 runs from England while Bolt, Henry, and Neesham took 2-2 wickets from New Zealand.
The New Zealand bowling was not that great to begin with! Their pacers were taken to the cleaners early one. Only Neesham and Boult bowled with some sort of control initially. The former was probably the pick of the bowlers. However, the bowlers did find their lines and lengths after the first of half the innings. Henry came back strongly, Southee and Santner also finished well but the two could have probably put in a better performance. Had that been the case, England might not have even gone past 270.
NEW ZEALAND (PLAYING XI) - Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (IN FOR LOCKIE FERGUSON), Matt Henry (IN FOR ISH SODHI), Trent Boult.
ENGLAND (UNCHANGED PLAYING XI) - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
11 in New Zealand's 8 matches and 10 points in England's same match. In such a case, if the New Zealand team wins, it will reach the semi-finals with 13 points. On the other hand, if England won the match, it would be 12 points. With this, he will reach the last four.
Both teams will have to think about playing XI before the crucial match. England's team will be confident in defeating a strong team like India in the last match. At the same time, New Zealand will consistently lose two matches to reach this match. Team change can be done in such a way. The England team can play with the same playing XI. New Zealand batsmen are not doing anything special. In such a situation, he can make some changes.
Total match: 08
New Zealand win: 05
England win: 03
When: July 3, 2019, 09:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Where: The Riverside, Durham
New Zealand (From): Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Tim Southee
England (From): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, James Vince, Liam Dawson