England down Kiwis to enter semifinals
England produced a disciplined all-round display to register a narrow 10-run victory over New Zealand in their crucial rain-curtailed Group A match to...
Riding on skipper Alastair Cook's 47-ball 64, England scored 169 all out against New Zealand after the match was reduced to a 24-over a side tie following incessant rain which delayed the start by over five hours.
Needing 170 for a win, the Kiwis lost their top five batsmen for 62 and despite a gutsy 54-ball 67 by Kane Williamson, they failed to take the game to the wire.
With four points from three matches in group A, England are currently on top of the table. After three games, New Zealand are second in the group with three points while Australia (1 point from two matches) and Sri Lanka (two points from two matches) are all in the fray for a spot in the last four.
ScorecardEngland: (All out in 23.3 overs) 169 New Zealand: L Ronchi c Trott b Anderson 2, MJ Guptill b Anderson 9, KS Williamson not out 67, LRPL Taylor lbw b Bresnan 3, BB McCullum c Root b Bopara 8, JEC Franklin c Morgan b Bopara 6, Corey J Anderson not out 30, NL McCullum not out 13, KD Mills not out 5; Extras: (LB-8, W-8) 16; Total: (7 wickets in 23.6 overs) 159; Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-14, 3-27, 4-48, 5-62, 6-135, 7-140, 8-159; Bowling: SCJ Broad 5-0-25-1, JM Anderson 5-0-32-3, TT Bresnan 5-0-41-2, RS Bopara 5-0-26-2, JC Tredwell 4-0-27-0.