England played New Zealand in the sixth match of the Champions Trophy, where England posted a score of 311 for the Kiwis. In the end the target 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 semifinals they’ll have to beat Bangladesh on Friday and then hope England beat Australia.
The most important moments of the match:
Alex Hales continued from where he left in the game against Bangladesh. He steadied the England innings alongside Joe Root when England were 37/1: they registered their 15th fifty plus stand. On the fifth ball of the the 21st over Hales hit Adam Milne for a massive six over long-off; he was expecting another short ball but Milne cleverly bowled him with a slower one. Hales made a valuable 56 off 62 balls.
England were 134/3 when Ben Stokes joined Joe Root at the crease after the dismissal of Eoin Morgan. They contributed 54 runs in 9 overs before Joe Root got out to take the score to 188; ensuring that their team had a set platform to post yet another 300 plus score on the board.
Moeen Ali had just hit a six in the 41st over and was looking all set to score more quick runs when Trent Boult produced a moment of magic. Moeen miscued a pull shot to short fine leg where Boult was waiting for the catch: Boult flew to his left and plucked the ball out of the air.
New Zealand faced a setback in the very first over of the innings when they lost the wicket of Luke Ronchi. They only managed 12 runs from the opening 6 overs of the match. Ronchi scored a quickfire fifty in the previous match and a similar start was expected from him in this match as well. Jake Ball was right on the money from the word go, he bowled a peach of a delivery to uproot Ronchi’s middle stump on the fourth ball of the first over.