You know you’re in England when the there is a classic cricketing drive followed by no roars, no cheers, no hooting, only a loud applause of claps. A perfect English setting match for England to win and qualify for Semis. The snapshot review of the match :
- England scored 310. 300+ scores 11th time in last 13 matches and 23rd since WC’15. Proves the form this batting unit is in.
-Root (64)scored another brilliant half century. Buttler(61 off 48), Stokes (48) and Hales (56) made England reach 310.
- Milne, Anderson both picked up 3 wickets. Boult was most economical.
New-zealand after a shacky start looked sorted at 158/2 when Williamson and Taylor were batting. These two have added 501 runs in last 4 innings together.
Once Williamson was dismissed, no batsman showed the patience to stay and fight. New Zealand lost 8 wickets for 65 runs, powered by Plunkett who has taken 8 wickets in 2 matches.
The win by 87 runs is the highest win margin for England in CT except for win over Zimbabwe. This win has also made England to be the first team to qualify to semis.
After this match, the calculation of Group A is very tricky. If Australia defeats England, they are through. If not, winner of New-zealand Vs Bangladesh goes through.
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