England vs New Zealand, ICC CT 2017

by Steven Clarke June 13, 2017, 2:30

Eoin Morgan heaped praise on his bowlers after England's 87-run victory over New Zealand sealed a Champions Trophy semi-final berth and a chance to knock rivals Australia out of the tournament in their final group game at Edgbaston on Saturday.

A late collapse meant New Zealand's total of 291 was less than it might have been but, even so, Australia had slumped to 53 for three before rain ended the match before the 20 overs required in the second innings to constitute a result had been bowled.

In the last match against Australia, which was washed off due to rain, New Zealand had the upper hand.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Morgan said: "At the halfway stage we felt we had an under par score on the board and would need the best out of bowlers, and I think we've probably seen the best of our bowling line up here today".

England mastered the tricky conditions to reinforce their credentials as one of the tournament favourites with an excellent team performance in which everyone contributed.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi (wkt), Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, Jimmy Neesham, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

In a run chase in which New Zealand were never really in the contest Liam Plunkett picked up 4 wickets and broke through the New Zealand batting order.

The hosts batted first and posted a challenging 310 on the board with the likes of Joe Root, Alex Hales and Jos Buttler scoring half centuries.

Williamson fell to a ball from Wood that leapt at him from short of a length to take his glove for caught-behind.

"Any game between England and Australia is a huge game and has that edge but it would be nice (to send them home)", Buttler said. "A lot of credit goes to the way they bowled on that surface to extract what they did out of it". We still have to go out and do our things to be aggressive and take it to the opposition.

"It's a bit frustrating, because we were getting a little bit of momentum with the bat". Ben Stokes proved a huge threat with 48 off 53, including four fours and two sixes, before looping an uppercut nearly straight to Milne at third man.

The weather always threatened to make a decisive intervention and a shower in between innings, which delayed New Zealand's reply, made the pitch unpredictable as it dried out.

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