England beat New Zealand to reach Champions Trophy semi-finals

England beat New Zealand to reach Champions Trophy semi-finals

England have set their sights on ending Australia's Champions Trophy campaign after progressing to the semi-finals.

Williamson's exit sparked a collapse that saw New Zealand lose their last eight wickets for 65 runs on the way to a total of 223 all out.

They were dismissed for 223 with 5.4 overs unbowled.

England leads the group after beating Bangladesh by eight wickets. It continued a grim run for the wicketkeeper when opening against England - 0, 2, 22, 2 and 0.

It was the golden arm of Stokes (1-46), though, which brought England's second breakthrough, with Martin Guptill (27) driving him to Root at slip a ball after drilling him down the ground for four.

For all that, Taylor and Williamson added 95 in 17 overs and England's disquiet was growing before Williamson fell. They bowled very consistently, and made life hard for us with the bat.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid also picked up two crucial wickets giving away just 47 runs from his 10 overs.

New Zealand's run-chase got off to a poor start as Luke Ronchi - so impressive in Saturday's game against Australia - was bowled for a duck by Ball in the first over.

New Zealand would have been reasonably pleased at the halfway mark.

England's innings felt like a strain yet with cool heads, at the end of it, they again surpassed 300. Today was No 23. New Zealand badly needed the breakthrough to keep the hosts in check.




It was one of those unusual days.

However, the form of opener Jason Roy remains a concern. Fierce winds regularly blew the bails off the stumps and disturbed bowlers' runups, with Wood trying four times to bowl one delivery.

England's run rate though was always steady as after the first Powerplay they were 50/1 while after 30 overs when drinks was called for, they had reached 166/3 with Root looking good on 61 and Ben Stokes joining him at the crease on 19. The pair put on 81 impressively, ensuring England were up at five an over by the 20th.

Taylor had become bogged down by the time he slapped a full delivery from Jake Ball to Root at mid-wicket for 39 and England were back in firm command. New Zealand were now 63-2 and relying on Ross Taylor to pick up the slack. He had faced just 15 balls to Stokes' 40 while they'd been together.

Despite gusts up to 50mph here, England refused to be blown off course as they mastered the tricky conditions to reinforce their credentials as tournament favourites. Butler's innings included two fours and two sixes.

"What an incredible shot, right up on our cameraman up there, that has gone a long way".

There could hardly be a more opportune time for New Zealand's middle-order to click into place behind their captain. "He's a very good bowler, unique in the fact that he bowls at such good pace, off maybe ten-metre run-up, which you don't see too much around the world", said Williamson. It was very tough out there but credit to the way they went about their business.

"I thought they did an outstanding job" said Morgan.

No other batsman could make any significant contribution.

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