Champions Trophy: England into semi-finals with New Zealand win
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 2:56
England became the first team in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to qualify for the semifinals with a convincing 87 run win over New Zealand. "We feel this group has a lot of potential and we want to fulfil our potential", said Morgan, who thought his side had fallen 15-20 runs short of a par score after failing to bat out their overs.
England made one change from the side that beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in their Group A opener at the Oval last week, with leg-spinner Adil Rashid replacing Chris Woakes after the paceman suffered a tournament-ending side strain.
However, the tourists' chase got off to a terrible start with Luke Ronchi dismissed for a golden duck, and though Kane Williamson hit an impressive 87, they were bowled all out for 223 with just over five overs remaining.
New Zealand have faced England nine times earlier in familiar conditions in the past four years and England hold an edge over New Zealand with the head-to-head tally reading 5-4.
Morgan's England have since sustained their improvement - and as he plotted further consolidation on Tuesday, he reflected just briefly on New Zealand's superiority at the last World Cup.
Bowling: Southee 9.3-0-44-2, Boult 10-0-56-1, Milne 10-0-79-3, Anderson 9-0-55-3, Santner 8-0-54-1, Neesham 3-0-17-0.
Their wins over Bangladesh and New Zealand means they are confirmed as group winners, even before they meet Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday, due to the number of victories they have recorded.
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, could be facing a ban for slow over-rates after his side took nearly four hours to complete the England innings.
Together with Ross Taylor (39), Williamson stitched 95 runs for the third wicket to keep New Zealand in the hunt.
"With the inconsistency of the pitch, I thought if we genuinely did take one, we would take two". They were on track at one stage but the uneven bounce on the wicket dismissed Williamson in the 30th over. "I don't know what's going to happen".
The decision to bowl first from New Zealand would have been successful had they taken early wickets. They seem to produce limited-overs cricketers at will.
"He's performed very, very well for England over a period of time - especially coming back after injury.so certainly he is a strength of their bowling attack".
But the Black Caps looked more than competitive when Williamson and Taylor came together and it took an outstanding delivery from Wood to end a potentially match-winning partnership, when a ball that ballooned up at the skipper was taken by Buttler. "We´ve got a completely new team, pretty much", said Morgan.