The 6th match of the Champions Trophy was played between England and New Zealand at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday.
England were asked to bat first in slightly overcast and windy conditions: they managed to post yet another 300 plus score to set a target of 311- Alex Hales, Joe Root and Jos Buttler hit fifties.
In the end the target of 311 proved more than enough for the England bowlers to defend; even Kane Williamson’s brilliant 87 run innings couldn’t save New Zealand. They lost their last 7 wickets for 55, all-out 233. In order to qualify for the Semi Final they’ll have to beat Bangladesh on Friday and then hope England beat Australia.
England became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.
When Jos Butler came out to bat; England were 189/4 with 16 overs still left, wickets were falling around him but he didn’t lose the plot: smashed a quickfire 61* off 48 balls to ensure that England reached a respectable total of 311. Buttler hit 2 fours and 2 sixes.
In the match against Bangladesh, Jake Ball became the first bowler to concede 80 plus runs in an ODI three times in a calendar year. He had a point to prove in the match against New Zealand and boy was he on money from the word go. He struck in the very first over when he got rid of the dangerous Luke Ronchi and that to in style: he uprooted the middle stump. He then broke the crucial 95 run partnership between Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson as he got the wicket of Taylor and ended up with the figures of 2 for 31 from 8 overs.