England all out for 310 against NZ

EOIN MORGAN was grateful to England's "brilliant" bowling attack after the hosts' 87-run win over New Zealand ensured they will qualify for the Champions Trophy semi-finals as Group A table-toppers.

Chasing a hard target of 311, New Zealand's three top-order batsmen steered their team to 158 in 31st over but as soon their captain Kane Williamson made an exit after a brilliant knock of 87, the their collapse begun as the team lost the remaining seven wickets for just 65 runs.

Liam Plunkett bowled emerged as the leader of the pack as he gobbled up four wickets and broke the back of the Kiwis batting order.

Despite New Zealand's dominance over lowest ranked side at the tournament, Boult labelled them a quality side who was easily capable of making life hard.

New Zealand should have the edge over Bangladesh when it comes to local knowledge given their 87-run defeat by England in Cardiff on Tuesday.

Joe Root top-scored with an impressive 64 -- his 32nd score above fifty in 85 ODIs -- as England posted an all-out score of 310 after being put in to bat.

But Bangladesh won their most recent meeting in Dublin by five wickets, although key quintet Boult, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee and Adam Milne were all missing for New Zealand.

Earlier, Buttler's knock which came off just 48 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes provided the just-needed impetus to England's innings to get past the 300-run mark.

England will return to the city for their last four tie next Wednesday following their 87-run victory.

With Ross Taylor departing soon after for 39, and the run rate climbing further, New Zealand's reply subsided as England closed in on a comfortable victory.

England conclude their group-stage fixtures with a showdown with world champions Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday, a crucial game for their opponents as their qualification remains in the balance.

Williamson showed his class and struck as many as eight boundaries to take New Zealand forward.

"It's a bit frustrating, because we were getting a little bit of momentum with the bat".

Hales slapped Milne high over long-off but, for the second match in a row, it was "six and out" for the Nottinghamshire opener after he was bowled next ball by a good-length Milne delivery.

  • Julie Sanders