Ton-up Bairstow stars as England book semifinal spot
t is the first time England have reached this stage since 1992, when they made the last of their three losing appearances in the final.
England, yet to win the World Cup, were set for a huge score at 194-1 off 30 overs before managing just 111 in the last 20 against a New Zealand attack missing injured fast bowler Lockie Ferguson.
But, with Bairstow making 106, a total of 305-8 proved more than enough at Chester-le-Street.
New Zealand could only manage 186 in reply as they suffered a third successive defeat of the tournament following losses to Pakistan and champions Australia – the team that beat them in the 2015 final.
One consolation for the Black Caps is that they should still join Australia, India and England in the last four as it will take a colossal change in net run-rate for Pakistan to overtake them even if Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side beat Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.
Highlights of the ICC Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and England from Riverside Ground.
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England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Venue: Riverside Ground
Series: World Cup 2019
Toss: England , elected to bat first
Player Of The Match: Jonny Bairstow
Match days: 3 July 2019
Umpires: Rod Tucker, Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpires: Paul Reiffel
Reserve Umpire: Paul Reiffel
Match Referee: David Boon
Points: England 2, New Zealand 0