England seals the semi final spot by defeating the Kiwis by 87 runs

Hosts England became the first team to qualify for the semi finals of the Champions Trophy 2017. They beat New Zealand 87 runs in the 6th match of the Champions Trophy 2017.

The New Zealanders were expected to do well in this do or die encounter but their team failed to deliver when it mattered the most.

In this crunch game New Zealand won the toss and put England to bat first.

Again the failure of Jason Roy hurt England, in last 7 One Day International innings Jason Roy has only 2 double digit scores.  Now England will need him to fire in the semi finals.

It was again Alex Hales and dependable Joe Root who provided them the momentum in the match. Root and Hales stretched another partnership that almost took away the game from New Zealand. Their 81 run partnership allowed England to pile up a good score.

This partnership was broken by Milne when he dismissed Hales for 56. England skipper Eoin Morgan too couldn’t repeat the heroics of the last match. He was out early for 13.

It was Joe Root who carried out the innings with another stand, this time with Ben Stokes. This 54 run stand was the 2nd highest in England innings.

Unfortunately this good looking partnership was broken when Root was dismissed for 64 runs.

Later in the innings Jos Buttler’s fine innings took charge for the hosts. Stokes and Buttler tried to repair things but Ben Stokes was out on 48.

Then it was a Jos Buttler’s good finish allowed England to score 310 in 50 overs.

For England Joe Root was the top scorer with 64 and Jos Buttler remained not out on 61.

The Kiwi bowlers did a decent job, Corney Anderson and Adam Milne picked up 3 wickets each. Tim Southee picked up 2 and Mitchel Santner picked up 1 wicket.

It was a tough chase for New Zealand, 311 wasn’t a small target. The Blackcaps needed a good start unfortunately Luke Ronchi was out on the 1st ball.

His partner Martin Guptill and skipper Kane Williamson added 62 for the 2nd wicket; this partnership recovered the Kiwis   bit. It was required for Guptill to stay for long but he chose  gave his wicket to Stokes for 26 runs.

Then 2 of the best Kiwi batsmen where in the operation of rescuing the innings, Skipper Williamson and senior partner Ross Taylor were battling out in the middle for the Kiwis.

The New Zealand camp was in relief when these two pillars were in the middle.

Kane Williamson scored his 5 consecutive fifty against England in ODIs and he put on 95 run stand with Ross Taylor. It was a brilliant effort by these 2, but when this partnership was broken by Jake Ball no other batsmen was ready to share another stand with Ross Taylor.

After the skipper was out on 87, suddenly flurry of wickets came in to help England.

New Zealand was in a winning position till that partnership was going strong. After that it was England all the way.

Soon after Williamson dismissal, Taylor was also dismissed for 39. The lower middle order of New Zealand couldn’t handle the England bowling.

Hard hitting batsmen like James Neesham, Corney Anderson and Mitchel Santner were of no use in that match.

In the end, it was the hosts England who won the match by 87 runs. England storm into semi finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and New Zealand are in danger of being knocked out of this tournament.

Laim Plunkett was star with the ball for England. He picked up 4 wickets and gave away 55 runs. adil Rashid and Jake Ball supported Plunkett well.  Ball and Rashid picked up 2 wickets each and Mark Wood, Ben Stokes took 1 wicket in the match.

Man of the match was awarded to Jake ball.

Next match – India Vs Sri Lanka on Thursday at Kennington Oval.

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