England reach ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals with victory over New Zealand


While England will seal the top spot in the group if it beats Australia in its final league match, New Zealand must now beat Bangladesh in its last game and also hope that Australia loses to England if it is to qualify for the semi-finals.

Facing Trent Boult in the 46 over of the innings, Buttler moved to the offside and ramped the ball over his left shoulder. In a scratchy 23-ball knock, he managed 13 runs, hitting two boundaries in it before he was castled in the eighth over by Adam Milne (3-79).

The Kiwis lost Luke Ronchi early in the chase, bowled by a handsome Jake Ball delivery, for a duck but Martin Guptill (27) and skipper Kane Williamson added 63 for the second wicket.

England has won nine of its last 10 ODI matches (L1) whilst New Zealand has claimed wins in 10 of its last 14 completed ODIs (L4). New Zealand badly needed the breakthrough to keep the hosts in check.

Jason Roy was the only player to get dismissed in single digits against Bangladesh and some stars like Alex Hales and Joe Root delivers extraordinary batting for the team England.

Only when Jos Buttler provided a dash of late impetus did England pass the modern benchmark of 300 - which proved comfortable enough, ensuring after two Group A wins from two so far they are already through to the knockout stages of their own tournament before facing Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday.

Adil Rashid was restored to the team here in place of the injured Chris Woakes and the leg-spinner was impressive, taking two for 47 from his 10 overs.

However, he was unable to make the most of it as he was cleaned up by Milne for 56 off 62 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes.

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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.

With runs to play with, England's pace attack were accurate and never let up, led by standout Liam Plunkett (4-55).

The chase, on a cool, blustery day, began badly when Luke Ronchi was bowled by the first ball he faced from out-of-sorts seamer Jake Ball, who was man of the match.

Jake Ball, a disappointment in England's opening day win over Bangladesh, set the tone for England when he removed the unsafe Luke Ronchi in the first over of New Zealand's response.

"In all areas England outplayed us today", Williamson said.

"I'm sure they'll be okay", Smith said.

Anderson (3-55) also accounted for Root, chopping onto his stumps, while Stokes looked in sparkling touch at the crease before falling to Boult in the 38th over when looking to uppercut the left-armer with the wind towards the River Taff for a third six of his innings, only to pick out third man. "And Australia are one of the best teams". A record of 47 runs at 6.71 in England one-day matches since his bench-warming exercise at the IPL reveals that impudence is now in short supply.