With the skies looking gloomy and some rainfall, I wasn’t sure if there will be a full match. Thankfully it wasn’t consistent as previous games and a full match was played.
Continuing with Group A action today saw England and New Zealand face off against each other. England won their first game against Bangladesh whereas New Zealand’s first game was abandoned due to rain. England was the first team to qualify for the semifinals as they defeated New Zealand by 87 runs.
Although getting the wicket of Jason Roy in the 8th over for 13 runs there was no stopping England. Three players will go on to get half centuries. Top scorers for England included Joe Root (64), Jos Buttler (61 not out), Alex Hales (56) and Ben Stokes (48), they ended on 310 all out in 49.3 overs. Leading the wicket taking for New Zealand was Cory Anderson who ended with figures of 3-55 off 9 overs. New Zealand did a pretty good job with the ball, however their batting lineup didn’t come to the show, very disappointing.
Must give credit to captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor as they were the only batsmen to give New Zealand some hope to winning this game. Once Williamson was gone the chance of New Zealand getting a victory was very slim. Williamson played a brilliant knock getting to 87 runs consisting of 8 4s. Taylor contributed 39 runs to the total. The England bowlers destroyed the New Zealand’s batting lineup, Liam Plunkett being the major destructor claiming 4 of the 10 wickets. New Zealand reached 223 all out in the 44th over. With this loss New Zealand’s chances to make the semifinals are very small.
Group B (7th Match) action continues tomorrow with Pakistan playing South Africa, June 7th 2017.