England Defeats New Zealand to Move On to The Semi-Finals
England has earned themselves a place in the semi-finals after defeating New Zealand. The game was played in Cardiff, and it was a cold day with wet weather that saw England score 310 runs against New Zealand 223.
Englands Joe Root was its top score with 64 runs scores, and Jos Butler was just as impressive with 61 runs. It was when Ross Taylor fell ten runs that saw England take charge. The win has put the club in a solid position that will allow them to suffer a loss and still be in the final four when they face Australia on Saturday.As for New Zealand, they will fave Bangladesh and must win and see Australia fail to get the job done against England.
England is a team being transformed
The last time the team met in the World Cup, the difference between the two was felt by all, with England playing at a different, often slower pace and outplayed by a team that is innovative. However, on Tuesday, the club saw five of its bowlers each picking up a wicket, with four earned runs.
Plunkett finished the game with 4 wickets, seeing three of the four fall, and Jake Ball, in his return to the team bowled cleanly against the ever dangerous Ronchi. Williamson and Stokes were fast to be dispatched thanks to Woods, in part due to Stokes recovering from issues with his knee. Overall, it was a solid afternoon performance for the club. While Taylor and Williamson both seemed unhappy with the way the pitch behaved, especially after Taylor was struck on the helmet, it was the concern of how the ball may perform that affected efforts.
Even after the game ended with a win, Jason Roy experienced some disappointment and a run-up partnership between Root, and Alex Hales ended when Alex Mile bowled part Hayes, and Root did as well. Stokes was next on the list to have regrets due to the way he was dismissed after Miles bowled a short ball. This left it to Butler and increased his efforts.
New Zealand was quite content with England being the target however it was England’s bowlers who made that a tough target to achieve. How England fairs going into the semi-final is yet to be seen, but expectations are high that they will advance.