Keeping their winning hopes still alive in the grand tournament of ICC World Cup 2019, hosting team England have qualified for semi-finals battle. This comes after the Morgan’s troop defeated Williamson’s squad by total 119 runs in the 41st match of a prestigious cup at Riverside Ground on Wednesday.
Toss-winning team England decided to bat first after which it was hard to catch English cricketers in the game. The hosts posted a pretty good target of 305 runs on board with the help of star openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy in the first innings. Bairstow and Roy bombarded the New Zealand pacers with vicious boundaries as they established the stunning partnership of 123 runs in just 18.4 overs. This gave a perfect start to England squad to set up a massive target against Black Caps. Though captain Morgan and Joe Root’s cameo helped the hosting team to cross 300-mark in 50 overs.
In reply, Black Caps had a drastic start in the second innings as they lost the opening batsman Henry Nicholls in a very first over while his opening mate Martin Guptill also sent back to pavilion in just 5.2 overs. It was then wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham who came on the field to give some hope to his side but Liam Plunket got him out at 38.3 overs after he has scored 57 runs off 67 balls. In just a few hours of the game, England wrapped up the whole team of New Zealand at 186/10.
With this crucial win, England improved better in the current points table and reached to the third spot with total 12 points while New Zealand fall down to the fourth position with 11 points in recent World Cup standings. England has also become the third team in World Cup 2019 who qualified for semis after Australia and India.
Check out the Twitter reactions of fans after England defeated the Kiwis by total 119 runs at Riverside Ground:
Let Bangladesh win the Toss. Who bother the match… pic.twitter.com/5PaNfmZtmG
— Ranjith Srinivas (@Ranjith_S7) July 3, 2019
— Hammadsays (@HammadSaeedi9) July 3, 2019
Here comes the jibe on Pakistan
New Zealand: pic.twitter.com/tDYawDonVU
— Sheikh Sahab (@The_Sheikhh) July 3, 2019
— Adnan Jamali (@Meterdownnn) July 3, 2019
— Chandan Kashyap Das (@Chandan63407061) July 3, 2019
England enters in the semifinals of ICC World Cup 2019:
— Bmarsha (@KBmarsha) July 3, 2019
The winning team captain Eoin Morgan expressed his pleasure after clinching the game by saying, “It’s a place where we really like playing. If we had a choice of where we would play our group-stage games, Edgbaston, the Oval and Trent Bridge would probably be the three grounds where we would have played the nine games.”
England: 305/8; Jonny Bairstow (106), Jason Roy (60), Eoin Morgan (42), Mark Wood (3/34), Ben Stokes (1/10), and Jofra Archer (1/17)
New Zealand: 186/10; Tom Latham (57), Ross Taylor (28), Kane Williamson (27), James Neesham (2/41), Matt Henry (2/54) and Trent Boult (2/56)