England has finally moved to move into the semifinals of their first world cup since 1992 with a 119-run victory over New Zealand. The English team was particularly led by Jonny Bairstow and his blistering century.
Bairstow with his previous 111 runs in the team’s match against India again scored 106 runs off of 99 balls to become the first English batsmen who have scored back-to-back centuries in the world cup. He led his team to set a chase target of 3-05-8 as he shreds an impressive opening stand with Jason Roy for 123 runs.
As when the time came for New Zealand to chase the target, their efforts faltered from the very start. They were down in the slumps at the chase of 69-4 after their two crucial wickets in form of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor fell in succession. They could never recover from the loss of these 4relary wickets as their entire batting order crumbled at the score of 186 runs at the end of 45 overs.
Even if the fifth place Pakistan wins their Friday match against Bangladesh and get 11 points, England is right on track to join Australia, India and New Zealand for the last four on the basis of their superior run rate in this match.
England is going to play in the second semifinal’s match at Edgbaston on July 11 and it will be a match either against India or Australia. England is not going to know for the sure as to who their opponent is going to be until the group stage matches end on Saturday.
Before this match, the English team captain Eoin Morgan called his team’s previous 8-wicket defeat to New Zealand in the 201World Cup as close to rock bottom as he has been in his entire career. Now after 4 years, right from the moment England won the toss, England showed their prowess on both ends of the game that helped them claim this massive victory.