New Zealand keen to take Australia form into England clash
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 20:45
"I thought they did an outstanding job" said Morgan.
Jake Ball, a disappointment in England's opening day win over Bangladesh, set the tone for England when he removed the unsafe Luke Ronchi in the first over of New Zealand's response.
Ball had set the tempo by clean bowling Luke Ronchi in the first over, while Mark Wood's clever cross-seam delivery saw off New Zealand captain Kane Williamson when on 87 and with the Black Caps looking increasingly threatening.
There will be no let up for England in their final group match against Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday either despite the fact the hosts effectively have nothing but bragging rights to play for.
Fast bowler Liam Plunkett captured four wickets for 55 runs while pacer Jack Ball and leg-spinner Adil Rashid claimed two wickets each.
Asked to bat first, England rode on half-centuries from Alex Hales, Joe Root and Jos Butler to post a formidable total of 310 runs.
England's last one-day global tournament meeting with the Black Caps ended in an eight-wicket defeat at the World Cup in February 2015. Ben Stokes was equally impressive with his 48 runs.For New Zealand Adam Milne secured 4 wickets but by then, he has already given away 79 runs.
Hopes of another Bangladesh victory could rest on the batting brilliance of Tamim, who has lit up the Champions Trophy with scores of 128 and 95 against England and Australia.
New Zealand's aggressive approach to white-ball cricket has had a huge influence on England.
"It's a great feeling - obviously we've got one more game against the Aussies and it would be nice to beat them and go unbeaten in the group stage".
The remaining spot is still up for grabs, with Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh all still in with a chance of grabbing second place in the group.
Should Australia win, it will extend their stay in Birmingham where they would play in the second semi-final against the victor of Group B - which is likely to be South Africa or India - on June 15. They have serious quality players.