Eng vs NZ, World Cup Highlights: England enter the semis with a thumping victory
England vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: A big big match for both the teams; a win is a ticket to semis for either of them. Stay with our live coverage—and more!
England become the third team after Australia and India to enter the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. They thumped a lacklustre New Zealand by a handsome margin of 119 runs. What a day for them: they have qualified into the World Cup semis for the first time since 1992. Six editions—that’s how long they had to wait for this day. A whole generation was denied that euphoric feeling. But this is a different England, who play different cricket—an attacking and fearless cricket.
England bowlers never really gave anyhting to the Kiwis--not even a breather! They struck right at the start and kept on picking wickets. The local lad Mark Wood was the pick of the bowlers, and the rest contributed with a wicket each. Williamson and Taylor were looking good until both of them were run out; and since then, they never really got back in the chase.
Earlier, Jonny Bairstow became the first England batsman to hit a back-to-back hundred. He, alongwith Jason Roy, gave England a breezy start and when they were batting, England looked to put 380 on the board. But they slumped yet again in the 30-40 overs and could manage only 305/8. In the end, that turned out to be just good enough!
That easy, huh?
That's wicket number 10!
Boult was going down the track every ball from Rashid and pays the price after hitting a four. Beaten by another big turner. And the bails come off. He stretches the back leg, but not quick enough. Rashid takes his first, and England are into the semi-finals of the World Cup!
That's straight through Matt Henry! Shatters the stumps! He was looking to give himself room once again. The ball thuds into middle and leg stump. Thats' the priceless technique to bowl at the tailender: right into the stumps. You miss, I hit!
It's all settled then, huh?
New Zealand 175-8 after 41 overs. Assuming NZ lose this game, the equation for Pakistan to qualify for semi-final:— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) July 3, 2019
-Pak bat first & score 300, they need to restrict Bangladesh to 4.
-Pak bat second, they don't stand a chance even if they win off first ball.#ENGvNZ #NZvENG #CWC19
England strike eighth!
Mark Wood from the other end scalps this one. Santner was walking across the stumps, but he has been caught plumb in front of the stumps. He goes up, because why wouldn't you? But the decision remains the same. Only if New Zealand had reviewed Henry Nicholls! Never mind, they are eight down!
A soft dismissal for Latham!
I jinxed that! Apologies! Plunkett comes in to the attack and bangs it short the third ball. A floppy pull that from Latham and the ball takes a feather edge of the blade and goes to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. A simple catch really after that utterly sensational one-handed pouch diving to his left. The slower ball does the trick again for the umpeenth time. Pakistan would want this to get over ASAP!
11 runs from that over!
So, it's obvious then! New Zealand are not playing to win this match--that's a tough mountain to scale. But they are playing to narrow the margin as much as possible. They're playing not to damage their net run rate. Latham and Santner are playing cautiously to ensure Pakistan don't scamper through.
Latham brings up his fifty
Just a little raise of the bat. He knows that there's a lot more to be done. Nevertheless, this little milestone has given the Kiwis' supporters something to cheer about. Mind out, there haven't been enough occassions in this second innings. Tom Latham finally has found his form in this World Cup--that might be the only takeaway for the team!
New Zealand not showing 'intent'?!
New Zealand seem to be playing the waiting game. They don't want to lose more wickets anytime son. They're looking to bat 50 overs. And perhaps, if they don't lose any wicket, go hard after the end of 40 overs? Time, however, is of the essence--and it's running out. The required run rate has gone past 10.5. At the end of 35 over, New Zealand are 147/6.
Archer is back!
Archer has been brought back into the attack. Why, to accelerate the proceedings, of course! Not a single run scored off the bat, but no harm done as well--not yet! Latham is a fine batsman, though he hasn't been able to prove that this World Cup. Mitchell Santner, his partner, is no bunny with the bat as well. They see off Archer's second over from the new spell without taking any risks.
New Zealand are 136/6 after 32 overs.
Ben Stokes strikes first ball!
Colin de Grandhomme decided to show the "intent" against the slightly-weaker bowler Stokes, but he holed it out to deep square. The golden arm of Stokes strikes first ball! A mistimed pull shot is pouched by joe Root. And just like that, England pick another Kiwi batsman. New Zealand are in tatters. Pakistan supporters must be absolutely dejected.
Oh, he's dragged that on to his stumps! Change of angle does the trick! No heroics from Jimmy Neesham today as England keep picking up wickets. The back of a length delivery outside off that was nipping back in; Jimmy looks to cut end up chopping it onto his stumps. The crowd roars!
First Williamson, then Neesham--England have a lot of luck going their way!
Can Neesham-Latham spring up a surprise?
A couple of fours from the last two overs have kept New Zealand in the game. They have lost Williamson, their captain who has scored one-third of their team's score. But Jimmy Neesham has done a few rescues in the past. Can he carry his side home? Because Latham, on the other end, hasn't really got going in this World Cup. He has had a terrible time in the tournament, but this is a fine day to put past all that and get on with the grind. He is playing well here, but can he go all the way?
New Zealand are 115/4 after 24 overs.
Now, Ross Taylor is RUN OUT!
This is CRAZY! This is SUICIDAL! Ross Taylor has no one but himself to blame. Tucks the back of a length delivery to long leg and comes back for a dangerous second run. The throw is pretty accurate and Buttler dislodges the stump. Even a dive can't save him! New Zealand are falling apart here.
Jimmy Neesham walks in admist chaos.
Kane Williamson is RUN OUT!
What a disappointing way to get out! A punch down the pitch and Wood gets a faint finger on the ball. Williamson is caught short at the non-striker's end. THIS IS MASSIVE! Williamson was in such a fine form, and he looked in such a great touch that this was the only way England could have dismissed him. A huge roar from the crowd when the big screen read 'OUT!'
If only he would have paid heed to Ravichandran Ashwin!!
England ain't giving anything away!
This is brilliant bowling by England. They took two early wickets, and thereafter, have been bowling tight lengths to contain Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson. This partnership is very much crucial for New Zealand. But the Kiwis captain isn't looking for a ny flashy shots but pure cricket brilliance. He won't slog 'em but will be looking to plot and probe and take singles wherever possible.
New Zealand are 61/2 after 15 overs.
New Zealand 37/2 after 10 overs
England have dented New Zealand's chase right at the start. They dismissed both the openers early on, and haven't let Taylor and Williamson to get away with the early pressure. England are bowling quite straight to Ross Taylor, and with good reason. He is vulnerable to balls on his pads early in his innings. But he has to stay by his captain if they want to chase down this total.
Right there at the bottom!
Jofra Archer, take a bow!
Most wickets in a World Cup for England:
17 J ARCHER (2019)
16 I Botham (1992)
14 A Flintoff (2007)
13 V Marks (1983)
13 E Hemmings (1987)
13 M Wood (2019)
Both the openers back in the hut!
Oh, that's a sensational catch from Jos Buttler to dismiss Martin Guptill. We haven't seen the best of him in this World Cup, save the first match. Both the openers back in the hut. A fat glance down the leg side that takes a deflection off the glove. Buttler's foot was already on the move and he dives to his left, stretches fully, and pouches the ball in a single glove! New Zealand in big big trouble.
The New Zealand captain has scored one-third of the team's runs in this World Cup. Williamson is leading his team from the front.
England strike first over!
Well, that would take England's mind off that diffciult last 20 overs. First over wicket for Chris Woakes! Pinned on the pad-flap and the finger is up before the appeal is out! Good lord, the ball tracking shows that the ball was missing the top of off stump! Shoul've taken the review, mate!
New Zealand require 306 runs to win
What a fightback this from New Zealand! They pulled back things really well to restrict England to 305. England managed only 111 runs from the last 20, and lost SEVEN wickets. New Zealand were clinical with the ball in that phase: they didn't give the hosts any easy pickings, and the pressure did the trick--and so did the cutters and the slower ones. England started their proceedings in a similar fashion as their last game against India--and lost wickets between 30-40 overs the same way. Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow becomes the first England batsman to hit a back-to-back hundred. He, alongwith Jason Roy, gave England a breezy start and when they were batting, England lloked to put 380 on the board. But this 300+ chase might prove tricky for NZ as the pitch has seemingly slowed down a bit.
Southee gets Rashid!
They keep coming at you, don't they? England bat deep, too deep--some may say, even their 11th batsman can hit a fifty!
But Southee has made a nice comeback in the last over. He dismissed the dangerous Adil Rashid, who was swinging at anything and everything and conceded just six runs.
England take 27 runs from 48th & 49th
Adil Rashid is going at everything here. And he was saved twice that over from Boult: a ball that dropped short of cover, and a dropped catch that Southee made an absolute mess of. He doesn't mind as long as the runs keep coming in.
First ball of the 49th, he lofts it over mid off for a four; third ball, he heaves away behind square for another four. He skies another one, and it falls short of the fielder again. 13 from the 49th over.
Morgan can't finish here!
Fingers rolled down the ball, and Morgan's chip would be cut short a phenomenal catch by Mitch Santner at short cover. A thick outside edge from the slower ball that stuck in the surface. Morgan was looking to accelerate but can't finish things off here. How many can England add to their total?
13 runs from the 46th over
But Morgan, the captain, is still out there in the middle. He has smashed a coupla boundaries in the 46th over, and will take 13 runs. He has put the pressure back on the Kiwis with this attack against their best bowler, Trent Boult.
Another one bites the dust!
Ah, that's soft! Woakes tried to go over the top of mid off but couldn't clear Williamson who was standing at the edge of the 30-yard circle. New Zealand continue to choke England, who have wasted a strong start. Neesham has been terrific all throughout his 10 overs. Gave just 41 runs and took two wickets.
45 overs have gone, and England are 259/6. Can they go past 300?
Stokes is GONE!
England are wobbling at the end here. And Stokes' painful innings come to an end. He was frustrated with himself; wasn't able to rotate the strike and just kept on adding pressure on himself. This over seemed like something's gonna give, and he tries to go big. No timing or elevation, and Henry pouches a simple one on the rope! Brilliant comeback this from the New Zealand.
Like I said! Overs 31-40: Eng 47/3
England 241/4 after 40
That last ball four from the Snatner's over would have given some relief to Morgan. But the in-form batsman Ben Stokes is finding it difficult to rotate the strikes. But we all know how deadly he can be in the last overs: he has shown it the consecutive games here.
Talking of consecutive, England have been slow and sloppy in the 30-40 overs second time in a row!
That's almost another wicket for New Zealand. England need to be cautious here. They've started perfectly and have lost their way in the last five-six overs--but they can still finish the game well to score around 350.
Stokes hit that ball towards mid off--called yes and the no. Morgan turns back and puts on a valiant dive to that underam throw from Santner. Had that ball hit, he would have been cooked!
A photocopy match then, yeah?
Oh, yes. This is exactly playing out like their last game against India. England have once again lost the plot after getting a phenomenal start from their openers Roy and Bairstow. They've lost three quick wickets in the last five overs. Buttler mistimes the drive and he knew it straightaway--the ball just floated to Williamson who pouches an easy catch.
Every captain's dream, eh?
Gosh, the century man departs!
Oh, dear. Is England en-route to anther collapse between the 30-40 overs. The cross-seam delivery from bairstow gets him out of nowhere! No one saw that coming! An inside edge into the stumps. This is playing out exactly like their game against India--a solid start and then a quick flurry of wickets in the 30-40 overs.
GONE!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 3, 2019
Jonny Bairstow falls soon after reaching three figures, dragging on to Matt Henry for 106.
Two wickets in two overs for New Zealand. Are they back in this contest?#CWC19
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England race past 200
200 up for England at the end of 31 overs. They've lost Root and Jason Roy, but the very best Bairstow and Buttler are at the crease. How many can they score in the last 19 overs?
NZ strike two! Root departs
Trent Boult comes in, and he strikes first ball. Joe Root departs to a short delivery, but not after becoming the first ever England player to 500 World Cup runs in a single edition.
Alright, then. It's Jos Buttler who walks in at number 4. There were hardly any overs left when he walked out to bat against India; this time, he's got a full 20-over contest to play out! He starts off with a lovely crisp push drive with a bent knee. This is going to be exciting!
Another day, another hundred!
What batting this from Jonny Bairstow! Man oh man, this is exactly like that Sunday game against India. Both England openers starting strong, and Johnny goes on to score a hundred. Back-to-back hundreds for him! Just so you know: no Englishman has ever before reached two World Cup tons in succession!
That's a SIX!
Southee, the replacement for an injured Lockie Ferguson, hasn't really risen to the occassion. Bairstow has smashed him all over the park, and the penultimate ball of his fifth over he donks it again over his head for a SIX! He's gone for 45 runs in his 5 overs.
Meanhile, England are crusing along strong at 6.41 runs per over. They've scored 186 in 27 over sand have just lost Jason Roy. Also, there's a lot of batting yet to come! How crucial will Stokes and Buttler are gonna be in the day. Morgan can strike crazy good on a fine day. And the way things are playing out here at Chester-le-Street, Pakistan might even be rooting for England to post a huge total and win the game by 200 runs at least. Some hope that!
Stoppage due to nose-bleed?
We have alreay seen two unusual occurences in the match. The play was stopped twice. First when the ball was lost in the pitch covers, and then it was halted for over a couple of minutes because Joe Root had a nose-bleed. He seems fine, though as the physio jokes with him. Bairstow takes the opportunity to change his gloves, but that's two odd stoppages for the day!
Meanwhile, England are crusing along well at 173/1 after 27 overs.
This is for the first time that both the English openers scored half-centuries against New Zealand in the World Cup and the fourth time overall in ODIs. With Roy’s dismissal, England’s 123 run stand is now the 5th highest opening wicket partnership against New Zealand in the World Cup.
Meanwhile, England bring up their 150 in 23.2 overs. Bairstow is going strong even after losing his partner Jason Roy. He'll be looking for his consecutive hundreds. I mean, why not! By far, it's been going almost exactly like their last game against India on Sunday.
Got 'em! NZ strike one
Jimmy Neesham strike. New Zealand strike. Jason Roy departs after hitting a fifty and back-to-back boundaries. A perfect setup it was from the Kiwis. Two short balls and then a fuller straighter delivery that Roy punched it straight to Santner, who takes a dolly at short cover. Roy is devastated... The wicket was good, he was looking in a great touch and had the bowling at his mercy.
That the opening New Zealand needed?
Change of bowling
Tim Southee comes into the attack. Second spell for him. In the first, he conceded 23 runs from the first two overs. He is playing the first game in this World Cup. Bowling wicket-to-wicket. Can he provide the breakthrough New Zealand are so eagerly waiting for? Bowled wicket-to-wicket, cramped the batsman and gave way just three.
England got up to a rollicking start against India as well, but they pulled back things in the middle over. Can New Zealand do something like that? Shouldn't lose hope, really! A couple wickets here could really spice things up. But that has to wait for now.
Fifty for both Bairstow and Roy
It's been a terrific start by both Bairstow and Roy. The big boys have done it yet again. They scored 160-run partnership against India last Sunday, and Bairstow went on to make a century. How many can they get today? Jimmy Neesham is into the attack, and de Grandhomme from the other hand. No Ish Sodhi in the playing XI; have New Zealand missed the trick?
England 111/0 after 17 overs.
100 up inside 15 overs
This is incredible batting from the English openers. They ain't just smashing every ball; they're gliding 'em out as well. They're looking to attack Mitchell Santner and carved two boundaries towards the third man boundary off the first over from de Grandhomme.
Yes, it's a godly batting surface. But New Zealand need to take a wicket here, and as early they can! They need to have something to be in the game, to chase the (big) total down.
England 107/0 and both Bairstow and Roy are one run short of their fifty.
Eng 78/0 after 12 overs
England openers have provided a quick and solid start. They scored 67 runs in the first Powerplay--the highest score of the tournament, equalling that they made against Bangladesh. That match, they went on to post a total of 386/6 in 50 overs. How many can they score here?
They have almost scored run-a-ball from the next three overs, and are 86/0 after 13 overs.
That used to happen in gully cricket, imma right?
Bairstow top edges the ball for a four and the ball seems to have disappeared outside the rope. There's a search party of four people looking for it. They're pulling the covers in and out and about, but it's just gone! The white ball and the white covers--I know that frustration! Happened with us all the time when our green tennis ball would disappear in the bushes.
The fourth umpire is walking out with a case of balls. But hey, there's Tom Latham with the ball--he's found it! He takes his keeping gloves off and tosses the ball into the ground. Huge cheers from the crowd!
Positive, attacking cricket!
There's nothing you can really do when these two get going! An all-out dominating play this from Roy and Bairstow. Take that first over out from Henry, and the English openers have smacked a boundary every over. And if you thought that Edgbaston pitch was the best for the batsmen, well, take a bite! The groundsman apparently told the commentators at the ground this is his best pitch of the tournament. It should stay flat. Expect England to load a huge total. Currently, they are scoring at 7.5rpo.
How to get 'em OUT!
Left-arm seam has caused England more problems than any other bowling type since the 2017 Champions Trophy. If they can get through Trent Boult's opening spell, there could be plenty of runs on offer for England.
Three back-to-back FOURS!
They've taken on the comeback man Tim Southee. Back-to-back three boundaries from Bairstow. New Zealand don't have their fearsome best Lockie Ferguson; he ran into a tight left hamstring and had to be dropped from as a precaution. Southee has already gone for 23 runs in his two overs with England openers playing their fearless attacking shots. They're on a rampage here, especially Bairstwo, who has already hit six boundaries.
England bring up their fifty in 6.2 overs.
England are up and running!
That's the kind of start the England openers Jason Roy and Bairstow are capable of. Their confidence is sky high after that Sunday's victory over India. They got a 160-run partnership in a fashion they know best, and they've already accumulated 31 runs from the first 4 overs with a boundary or two each over. Every run is cheered, every shot applauded at the Chester-le-Street.
Next up, it's Trent Boult
He has had a lot of success in the 50-over format; gets the ball swinging right up. A promising start for him, hits Roy on the pad--an appeal but the ball is going down the leg side. He's getting swing on the ball, it's nipping back in. And guess what: he's Kiwis' best bowler to bowl to Roy and Bairstow.
Using H2H data alongside advanced player role and style data, we are able to determine which bowlers are good options for Kane Williamson to bowl to England's openers. Mitchell Santner has been chosen to open the bowling, a good option to Jason Roy. #CWC19 #EngvNZ pic.twitter.com/zfZ06eapwq— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 3, 2019
Spin first over
What a start that! Beaten all ends up. The batsman, keeper--both of 'em. It was an arm ball, Roy doesn't read it at all. Next two balls, he gets it on the bat; the fourth is a full toss, and he's not gonna miss on that--he leans on a cover-drive and places it in the gap for a four.
Nine runs from the fiirst over from Mitchell Santner. No damage done!
Will Southee play spoilsport for the hosts--again?
Two changes for NZ
Tim Southee and Matt Henry are in for an injured Lockie Ferguson as Ish Sodhi is left out.
Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
England win the toss, bat first
England captain Eoin Morgan win the toss and has elected to bat first. The pitch and the overhead condition, says Morgan, are the deciding factor. "The pitches have got tougher, slower, lower as the match goes on," he adds.
England go in unchanged from their Sunday's win against India.
Playing XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Feel the chills?
A setback for India!
Ah, this is huge. Indian middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after being overlooked for the World Cup squad--twice at that! He won't even be playing in the IPL. He was in the stand-by list for the World Cup but even after injuries to Shikhar Dhawan and Shankar, Pant and Mayank Agarwal were chosen against him.