England rout New Zealand to book semifinal berth
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 22:34
Williamson's dismissal marked New Zealand's downfall as Taylor departed soon caught by Root off Ball.
In the first innings, after being put to bat by the Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson, half-centuries from Alex Hales (56), Root (64) and Buttler (61) helped England to put a respectable total of 310 all out in 49.3 overs.
Morgan, meanwhile, knows his side will top the group regardless of the result of their final pool fixture against Australia, on Saturday, where a win over their Ashes rivals for the second time in successive Champions Trophy editions at Edgbaston would likely eliminate their oldest foes. "I thought they did an outstanding job".
England's major concern is the form of opening batsman Jason Roy, who has managed just 47 runs at 6.71 in his last seven ODIs.
"I don't think it's unfair of me to say a margin of victory like that can be considered a bit of a hammering and England will take massive confidence by booking itself a place in the 14 June semi-final in Cardiff after just two games".
Jake Ball bowled a tight spell of 31/2 in his eight overs to restrict New Zealand and the Kiwis' chances of qualifying for the semis now look very bleak.
Mark Wood dismissed the unsafe Williamson on 87 with a ball that exploded off the pitch and was duly edged to Jos Buttler, before Taylor (39) went three overs later when he picked out Root at midwicket off Ball. We never take any opposition for granted. "We couldn't quite throw caution to the wind because we kept losing wickets, so I had to take that responsibility to bat until the end to ensure we got up to 300", Buttler said.
Woakes was ruled out of the rest of the 50-over tournament, which features the world's top eight one-day worldwide teams, with a side strain suffered while bowling just two overs at the start of England's opening Group A win over Bangladesh at the Oval on Thursday. They bowled very consistently, and made life hard for us with the bat.
New Zealand are now bottom of Group A with Bangladesh one spot ahead in third and Boult said the Black Caps would not under-estimate their opponents.