How Pakistan lost their chance of getting into semi-finals after New Zealand lost to England:
ICC Cricket World Cup has reached its deciding phase with all the teams gearing up for their last round match. Many have already been eliminated from this World Cup; some are still in hunt to get into the elite 4 while a few have qualified. Another high octane match was played in Riverside ground in the Chesterley Street between the hosts England and New Zealand. A loss to England could be fatal to their chances of progressing while a loss to New Zealand can jeopardize their odds of making a semi final berth with Pakistan looming over.
England won the toss and Morgan decided to bat first. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow came out to start things off and the duo pushed New Zealand bowling on the back foot bagging runs and completed their fifties comfortably. The first piece of success came for New Zealand when Roy was caught at short cover. Joe Root was the next man in and provided a good helping hand to Bairstow who completed a fantastic century. In the 31st over Joe Root was caught behind. The very next over saw Bairstow bowled and from there New Zealand controlled the game. Buttler and Morgan were held tight and soon Buttler was picked up by Boult. Next batsman was Ben Stokes who was noosed up quickly after being frustrated by the New Zealand bowlers as England lost their 5th wicket for 248. Chris Woakes also failed to please the crowd with big hits who was bundled up for just 4 runs. Morgan went hard at slogging but soon was caught by Santner. Adil Rashid and Plunkett showed more than a decent display with the bat as England were able to post a fighting total of 305.
In return, Munro and Guptill initiated the run chase but England bowlers had clear plans and they executed it perfectly. In the very first over Munro was removed on a golden duck by Chris Woakes. The next casualty for the Kiwis was Martin Guptill who was caught behind the stumps from a sensational catch by Buttler. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor then joined hands and tried providing stability to New Zealand innings with a calm and cool approach but a straight drive from Taylor went on to hit the stumps on the other end feathering Woods’ fingers on their way and Williamson was way out of his crease. In the very next over Ross Taylor took a risky double and Adil Rashid’s throw called his day off. Latham and Neesham showed some resilience until Neesham was bowled by Woods. Latham hung in until the end scoring 50 but the rest couldn’t add much and New Zealand only summed up 186 for the loss of all.
Man of the Match accolade was handed over to Jonny Bairstow for a superb century which allowed England to win the game by 119 runs and confirm their Semi final place in the World Cup 2019.