England vs New Zealand, 2019 World Cup, Match 41 Live: Not many would have expected England to lose today after they were 194/1 after 30 overs. But when they started to lose momentum after Joe Root's wicket, it did seem like they were going off track. They mustered 305, which seemed to be 70-80 runs shy but their bowling, which was supposed to be their weak link in this tournament, came good once again. Chasing a big total, a good start is always needed and that is one thing which the Kiwis have never got in this tournament. Guptill's poor form is a big worry and it was not any great in this match either. In next to no time, the Black Caps slipped to 14/2. As usual, Williamson and Taylor needed to resurrect and they tried their best but could not do much. Once they fell, the innings just fell apart. Only Tom Latham managed to cross 50, in a list of just 5 batsmen who reached double figures. (Match Scorecard - England vs New Zealand) (When and Where to watch - ENG vs NZ)
Highlights, 2019 World Cup, England vs New Zealand: ENG (305/8) beat NZ (186) by 119 runs
ENGLAND ARE INTO THE #CWC19 SEMI-FINALS!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 3, 2019
* The crowd roars. A massive, massive win for England. Comprehensive is the word. By 119 runs. The team touted to play the final is indeed back on track. Fist pumps between the English players and now, time for the handshakes.
2019 World Cup, Match 41: England (305/8) beat New Zealand (186) by 119 runs to book semi-final spot. Latham 57, Wood 3/34
22.40 IST: Mark Wood to Matt Henry, OUT! TIMBER! You miss, I hit stuff! Wood bowls it fuller and on middle, Henry backs away and looks to hit it on the off side but misses. The stumps are disturbed.
22.29 IST: Mark Wood to Tim Southee, Another short one and on the body, Southee looks to evade it but leaves his bat hanging out. It hits the handle and goes to point.
22.21 IST: Mark Wood to Mitchell Santner, OUT! Southee should have let Santner continue his walk because Hawk Eye returns with three reds. He now takes New Zealand's only review along with him. Wood gets his second. He comes running in and lands it outside off, it skids through. Santner shuffles across and looks to flick but misses. An appeal and the umpire raises the finger. Santner starts walking but Tim asks his to review. Santner does so but to no effect as replays show it to be hitting the leg pole. 8 down now New Zealand.
22.17 IST: Liam Plunkett to Tom Latham, OUT! Caught behind! The 36-run stand is broken at last. A short ball, around off, Latham gets across and looks to pull. But all he manages to do is glove it to Buttler. A dogged innings from Latham comes to an and.
22.13 IST: Chris Woakes to Mitchell Santner, FOUR! Santner gets a boundary now! This is on a length and outside off, MS strokes it through covers and the ball races away. 11 from the over, still less than the run rate needed.
22.12 IST: Chris Woakes to Tom Latham, FOUR! New Zealand need a lot more! This is fuller and on middle, Latham works it through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence.
22.06 IST: Ben Stokes to Tom Latham, 1 run. 50 for Latham!
21.55 IST: Well, that's something to liven up the proceedings. There's seemingly a streaker who has invaded the ground.
21.48 IST: Chris Woakes to Tom Latham, FOUR! Back past the bowler! Fuller and on middle, it is the slower one. Latham waits for it and strokes it past mid on for a boundary.
21.47 IST: Only 11 runs in the last five overs. England can almost touch the semifinal spot in the 2019 World Cup here. Stokes and Archer have been accurate in their line and lengths, and Tom Latham really seems to be fighting a lost battle here.
21.24 IST: Ben Stokes to Colin de Grandhomme, OUT! Straight to the man! The local boy strikes on his first ball itself. He can't believe that he has got a wicket on that delivery. It is a loosener, it is short and on middle, Colin de Grandhomme looks to pull it over the square leg fence but hits it straight to Root in the deep. New Zealand 128/6 in 28.1 overs
21.19 IST: Mark Wood to Colin de Grandhomme, Wood is down, hence cannot stop that one cleanly. Full on middle, de Grandhomme drives it straight down the ground. Mark slips and the ball is to his right. Cannot stop it and the batsmen take a single down the ground.
21.14 IST: Mark Wood to Tom Latham, Good length and just outside off, Latham looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge down to third man for one.
21.10 ISt: Wood to Neesham, OUT! Mark finds the wood as Neesham chops it on. Another wicket falls due to lack of pace on the track. This is on a length outside off, Jimmy looks to punch it through the off side but is early into the shot as the ball comes on very slowly. An inside edge is induced which disturbs the stumps. This might now result in a massive defeat. 183 still needed, from 149 balls. NZ 123/5 in 25.1 overs
21.06 IST: Mark Wood to Tom Latham, Lovely fielding! On the pads, Latham flicks it through mid-wicket. Root in the deep, runs to his right, dives and saves a run for his side.
*Liam Plunkett replaces Adil Rashid
20.53 IST: Joe Root to Jimmy Neesham, FOUR! Powerful square-cut! Also brings 100 for New Zealand.
20.51 IST: Adil Rashid to Tom Latham, FOUR! Good punch This is shorter and quicker on off, Latham goes back and pushes it past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary. Rashid has started expensively.
20.46 IST: Adil Rashid to Tom Latham, FOUR! Lovely shot! Ends to be a good over for New Zealand. This is shorter and around off, Latham goes back and pushes it through covers for a boundary. 9 runs from the over.
20.39 IST: Liam Plunkett to Ross Taylor, OUT! Taylor is very short! Not sure why he went for the second! It was just never on. Taylor has literally thrown it away. Ross works it through backward square leg and runs the first one hard. He wants the second and takes off quickly. Adil Rashid gets to the ball form fine leg and fires it to the keeper who takes it and whips the bails off. NZ 69/4 in 16.4 overs
* A suicidal run and Taylor is surely short! The England players are celebrating but the umpires have taken it upstairs. Ross is already walking off.
20.35 IST: Mark Wood to Ross Taylor, FOUR! Good short! A controlled pull shot! This is on middle, Taylor gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep runs to his left, dives but his effrot goes in vain.
20.29 IST: Mark Wood to Ross Taylor, OUT! Williamson is a goner! He is short and this is a body blow for New Zealand. In one of the most unfortunate manners. The stand which was going well has been cut short. This is fuller and on middle, Taylor drives it back to the right of the bowler who sticks his hand out, it brushes the fingers and hits the stumps at his end. He appeals and indicates to the umpire that it has kissed his finger. He takes it upstairs. Williamson looks worried. Replays show that the bowler has made contact with the ball and also, Williamson is short. He walks back disappointed after getting off to a start. NZ 61/3 in 15.1 overs
* The ball has deflected off the bowler's hand onto the stumps at the non-striker's end. Is Williamson short? Big moment in the chase.
20.20 IST: Mark Wood to Kane Williamson, Good delivery! This is shorter and on the body, takes off after pitching. Williamson looks to nudge it but it goes off the glove, uppishly but in the vacant square leg region for one.
20.14 IST: Mark Wood to Kane Williamson, FOUR! How good was that shot? This is just outside off and shorter in length. Williamson goes back, plays it late and guides it past point for a boundary.
* Powerplay 2 has been signalled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.
20.05 IST: Jofra Archer to Kane Williamson, A dot to end but another good over for New Zealand! This is short and on middle, Williamson evades it. So England have dominated the first 10. New Zealand are 37 for 2. England on the other hand were 67 for 0.
20.01 IST: Archer to Taylor, FOUR! A beautiful cover drive played! NZ 34/2 in 9.2 overs
19.59 IST: Chris Woakes to Kane Williamson, FOUR! No need to run for those! Delightful! Fuller and on off, Williamson just shows the full face of the bat and hits it past mid off. The ball races away. A welcome boundary for New Zealand.
19.52 IST: Chris Woakes to Kane Williamson, FOUR! What a shot. Full and outside off, stays low, Williamson adjusts nicely and opens the face of the bat at the last moment. Gets it exactly between the keeper and first slip to the third man fence! NZ 20/2 in 6.5 overs
19.48 IST: Jofra Archer to Kane Williamson, Uppish but safe! Williamson could not get on top of the bounce there. This is shorter and on off, Williamson jumps and looks to force it through the off side but the ball goes off the outside edge down to third man for one. End of a successful over for Archer.
WHAT A GRAB!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 3, 2019
It's down the leg-side and brushes Martin Guptill's glove, and Jos Buttler takes a sensational diving catch behind the stumps.
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19.46 IST: Jofra Archer to Martin Guptill, OUT! Guptill has been caught down the leg side. That is a sensational catch by Buttler! Archer now has one and it is of the dangerous Guptill who fails to score a lot again. This is shortish and on the body, Guptill looks to flick but it goes off the glove to the left of Buttler who dives and takes a brilliant catch. NZ 14/2 in 5.3 overs
19.42 IST: Chris Woakes to Martin Guptill, FOUR! Lovely, lovely shot! Woakes probably makes the mistake of overpitching this time, first loose ball by him. Guptill creams it past the bowler and it races away for the first boundary of the chase.
19.41 IST: Chris Woakes to Martin Guptill, Direct hit and Guptill would have been in trouble. He works this towards square leg and takes off. Guptill is not hurrying through, to his surprise, Plunkett picks the ball up and has a shy at the non-striker's end. Luckily for MG, he misses.
19.36 IST: Jofra Archer to Martin Guptill, A couple now! A little too straight and on the body, Guptill works it behind square on the leg side and runs two. Tidy start by Archer.
19.26 IST: Chris Woakes to Henry Nicholls, OUT! LBW! Perfect start for England. The umpire had his finger up immediately. Nicholls bags a golden duck. Woakes lands this on a length around middle, this one comes back in just a little. Nicholls hops as he looks to keep it out but misses and gets hit on the pads. An appeal and the umpire rules it in the favor of the fielding side. HN and Guptill have a chat but times up, Nicholls has to take the long walk back. Once again, a Kiwi opener departs early. Now then... not sure why Nicholls did not review that. He was hopping while while playing that should so height could have always been an issue. Ball Tracker just confirms it was as it shows the ball to be going over. England won't care though. New Zealand 2/1 in 0.5 overs
19.24 IST: We are back for the chase! The New Zealand openers, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls make their way out to the middle. The right-hander will be on strike and he will be facing Chris Woakes who has the first new ball. Here we go...
Now then 306 is the target! Only once in this World Cup has 300 been chased so which means, this is not going to be easy. New Zealand need to cash in against the new balls and for that, they will need their openers to fire today. Whereas, England know if they do well initially, the game will keep getting difficult for the visitors. Who will be our third Semi Finalists? Join us in a while to find out. For now, the man of the moment, Jonny Bairstow is down giving an interview.
* What a comeback from the Kiwis! England, from 194 for 1 in the 30th over, have finished with 305 for 8. Now that can only mean two things, either the wicket has slowed down quite a lot or it was a combination of both, good bowling and bad batting. New Zealand will dearly hope it is the latter whereas, the hosts will hope if is the former. Whatever it may be, I am not sure which side will be happy heading into the break at the moment.
England finish on 305/8— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 3, 2019
New Zealand battled back excellently after Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got off to a stellar start.
Will it be enough?
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18.53 IST: Tim Southee to Liam Plunkett, On middle, worked through mid-wicket for a single. ENGLAND ARE 'RESTRICTED' TO 305/8.
18.44 IST: Henry to Plunkett, FOUR! Finds the gap, finds the boundary! A short ball, around off, Plunkett pulls it through square leg and the ball meets the fence! ENG 295/7 in 48.3 overs
18.42 IST: Henry to Rashid, FOUR! Over the covers and sails away for a boundary! ENG 290/7 in 48.1 overs
*Adil Rashid is the new man in.
18.32 IST: Matt Henry to Eoin Morgan, OUT! Superb catch! Morgan departs as well and now, England get into a whirlpool. Another example of the pitch slowing down. Full and outside off, Morgan looks to drive but the slow nature of the pitch causes the ball to hold up. However, the skipper is already through his shot and ends up checking it. The ball goes off the face of the bat over short extra cover but Mitchell Santner over there leaps to his right and takes a stunner behind his body.
18.30 IST: Trent Boult to Eoin Morgan, FOUR! Second boundary of the over! England need more of these. A short ball, around off, Morgan swivels and pulls it through square leg for a boundary!
18.27 IST: Trent Boult to Eoin Morgan, FOUR! Up and just over! Full and outside off, Morgan lofts it over mid off, but seems to mistime it. However, it goes over the fielder and races to the fence.
*Liam Plunkett is the new man in.
18.24 IST: Jimmy Neesham to Chris Woakes, OUT! The pitch is really slowing down here. Woakes went too early on the ball marginally outside off, tries to loft it past the mid-off but fails. This is going to be an interesting few overs. More importantly, warning bells for the Kiwi batsmen!
18.17 IST: Mitchell Santner to Eoin Morgan, one run. 250 for England!
*Chris Woakes is the new man in.
18.10 IST: Mitchell Santner to Ben Stokes, OUT! Big blow for England here. Stokes, who started significantly slow, decided to step out and go for a big hit, but was easily caught at long on.
18.04 IST: Mitchell Santner to Eoin Morgan, FOUR! Full and down the leg side, Morgan sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary!
17.56 IST: Jimmy Neesham to Ben Stokes, RUN OUT MISSED! Morgan was gone for all money. Outside off, Stokes pushes it towards mid off and initially sets off for a single. But Mitchell Santner quickly gets across to his left from short extra cover and Stokes sells his captain a dummy down the river. He stops and Morgan has to return. He tries to dive in but is late. Luckily for him, Santner's throw misses the stumps at the bowler's end.
17.53 IST: Jimmy Neesham to Ben Stokes, That was close. Was it bat first or pad? On a length around off, Stokes looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. The bowler starts to appeal but is not sure whether it was bat first or pad.
17.46 IST: Southee to Morgan, FOUR! Cut away! ENG 226/4 in 35.4 overs
17.40 IST: Trent Boult to Jos Buttler, OUT! Caught! Another one departs and the Kiwis keep believing. Full and outside off, Buttler looks to go over the top but the ball hits the toe end of the bat. It goes towards mid off where Kane Williamson swiftly gets across to his right and takes it near his tummy. 3/20 in the last 26 balls. For the first time in the match, New Zealand are in control. Replays show that it was a knuckle ball.
* Skipper Eoin Morgan walks in at number 5, replacing Bairstow.
17.28 ISt: Henry to Bairstow, OUT ! The big wicket is gone! The ball is pitched outside off on a good length, he goes for a off drive through the covers, but instead he chops it on to the leg pole. England lose their third wicket and it is a big wicket. Jonny Bairstow returns to the dugout after a great innings. ENG 206/3 in 31.4 overs
17.26 IST: Henry to Bairstow, FOUR! ENG 204/2 in 31.2 overs
17.20 IST: Trent Boult to Jos Buttler, FOUR! PRISTINE! Buttler is off the mark in style! Full and outside off, Jos leans and drives it through cover-point to get going.
* Interesting. Jos Buttler has been promoted to number 4, ahead of Morgan.
17.19 IST: Trent Boult to Joe Root, OUT! Caught down the leg side! Root has to depart. There is something on Ultra Edge. A short ball, down the leg side, Root looked to pull but missed. There was a noise as the ball went past the bat and Latham appealed as soon as he collected. The umpire raised his finger but Root instantaneously went for the review. Ultra Edge confirms that there was a spike as soon as the ball went past the bat and Root has to depart cheaply today. The 71-run stand has been broken. England 194/2 in 30.1 overs
* We have a review for a caught behind! Root has been adjudged caught down the leg side and New Zealand are confident. Root is confident as well and has referred it upstairs. There was a noise. And Ultra Edge is showing a spike when the ball passes the bat...
17.12 IST: Southee to Bairstow, FOUR! And there's the 100 for Bairstow! Brilliant show from him! He punches the air and there is all applause around. First English player to get two consecutive tons in a World Cup. ENG 194/1 in 30 overs
17.11 IST: Southee to Bairstow, FOUR! Effortlessly! ENG 190/1 in 29.4 overs
17.03 IST: Southee to Bairstow, SIX! That went high and went the distance! High and handsome! First of the day. Full and outside off, Bairstow gets underneath this and sends it soaring straight back over the bowler's head, right behind the sightscreen. Moves into the 90s. ENG 182/1 in 25.4 overs
* A halt in play here! Not sure why! The physio is out as Root seems to be having an issue. Maybe some breathing issue and the physio is seen helping him out. He now seems fine to continue as he is seen wearing his helmet. Also, Ross Taylor goes upto him and asks him if he is fine.
16.55 IST: Mitchell Santner to Joe Root, DROPPED! A tough chance though! This is flatter and outside off, Root looks to run it down to third man but it goes off the outside edge, hits the outer part of the glove and goes towards short third man for one.
16.48 IST: Jimmy Neesham to Jonny Bairstow, OUCH! That might have hurt! This is on a length and around middle, Bairstow looks to hit it over mid on but does not time it that well. It goes on the bounce to mid on who fails to collect it and it hits him on the chest. It goes away from him and a run is taken.
16.42 IST: Santner to Root, FOUR! Scooped up on spin, that's new! Nice improvisation from Joe Root. Flighted delivery on off, Root plays a reverse sweep over third man for a boundary. ENG 154/1 in 23.3 overs
16.41 ISt: Santner to Bairstow, FOUR! A half-tracker and it is put away! Short and on middle, Bairstow goes back quickly and pulls it over mid-wicket and bags a boundary. Santner just has not found his length today, he has bowled atleast one bad ball every over. ENG 149/1 in 23.1 overs
16.39 IST: Matt Henry to Joe Root, Lovely shot! That deserved a boundary but England get one less! Back of a length on off, Root stands tall and pushes it through covers for three.
16.38 IST: Matt Henry to Joe Root, Lovely shot! That deserved a boundary but England get one less! Back of a length on off, Root stands tall and pushes it through covers for three.
16.34 IST: Mitchell Santner to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! Santner is leaking runs today! This is short again and on middle, Bairstow looks to pull but it goes off the inner half through backward square leg for a boundary.
16.28 IST: Southee to Bairstow, FOUR! That has been slapped! Spoils the over! Slightly short and around off, Bairstow picks the length early and hammers it through mid-wicket. ENG 131/1 in 19.2
16.26 IST: Jimmy Neesham to Joe Root, Root is underway! This is outside off, Joe strokes it through covers for one. 9 runs but more importantly a wicket from the over. ENG 127/1 in 19.3 overs
* Joe Root is the new batsman in.
Neesham breaks through!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 3, 2019
After pulling two consecutive fours, Jason Roy chips a drive into the grateful hands of Mitchell Santner at short cover.
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16.23 IST: Jimmy Neesham to Jason Roy, OUT! TAKEN! Neesham gets the breakthrough. He has the last laugh. It seems like the two short balls were a set-up. He goes fuller this time and it is on off, Roy stays rooted to his crease and looks to drive but ends up playing ahead of his body.
16.20 IST: Neesham to Roy, FOUR! The same shot in the same place! Too short and Roy dispatches it! It is outside off and it sits up to be hit. Roy pulls it over mid-wicket and gets another boundary. ENG 123/0 in 18.3 overs
16.20 IST: Neesham to Roy, FOUR! Whacked away! Picked his spot well! Neesham bangs it short and outside off, Roy knows mid on is in the ring so he flat-bats it over that fielder and bags a boundary. ENG 119/0 in 18.2 overs
* DRINKS! England going brilliantly at this stage! The platform is laid by the openers for a big score. New Zealand on the other hand, need wickets, not one but two at least. For now, it is difficult to see from where will the wicket come but they need someone to step up. Will England continue the domination after the break or will New Zealand fight back.
16.12 IST: Jimmy Neesham to Jonny Bairstow, Fifty for Bairstow now! He continues from where he left off against India. He would want to make it big now. He gets a freebie to get there. On the pads, he works this towards backward square leg for two.
16.09 IST: Jimmy Neesham to Jason Roy, A single for Roy to get to his half ton! Consecutive ones for him. How dearly England missed him when he was out! He is back in the team and back amongst the runs. He gets there by guiding this past point for one.
16.05 IST: Colin de Grandhomme to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! Once agian a deft touch! This is shorter and just outside off, Bairstow guides it past backward point once again and it races away to the fence. Expensive start for Colin.
16.02 IST: De Grandhomme to Bairstow, FOUR! Deft! Lovely shot! The slightest of width on offer and that was enough. Bairstow just waits for it and then opens the face at the last moment and guides it through backward point for a boundary. ENG 98/0 in 14.2 overs
15.59 IST: Mitchell Santner to Jason Roy, FOUR! Classic shot from Jason Roy. Tossed up outside off, Roy drives it beautifully through covers for a boundary.
15.54 IST: Henry to Bairstow, FOUR! Straight down the ground! Very full and on middle, Bairstow strokes it past mid on with a straight bat and the ball races away to the fence. ENG 82/0 in 12.2 overs
15.51 IST: Santner to Roy, FOUR! Lofted! What a shot that is! This is fuller and on off, Roy once again stays leg side of the delivery and just opens his hands at the last moment, lofts it over extra cover and it races to the fence. ENG 74/0 in 11.2 overs
* Powerplay 2 is signalled. Maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the circle till the 40th over.
15.46 IST: Trent Boult to Jonny Bairstow, A dot to end Powerplay 1! England have dominated it, it could have been a lot worse for New Zealand but they managed to pull things back a little towards the end. England are 67 for 0. The last ball is a length delivery around off, Bairstow pushes it towards mid off. Covers dives to his right and saves it,
15.45 IST: Trent Boult to Jonny Bairstow, Good length and on off, this is pushed to mid off. Also, a first official warning for Boult as he runs onto the danger area.
15.44 IST: Trent Boult to Jason Roy, Roy misses out there! He was guilty of going too hard at it. This is a full toss outside off, Roy swings hard but it goes off the inner half to mid on.
15.36 IST: Matt Henry to Jason Roy, TOP EDGE AND FOUR! Fortune favors the brave and that is exactly the case here! Short and on middle, Roy looks to pull it off the front foot, it goes off the top edge over the keeper for a boundary. ENG 65/0 in 8.4 overs
15.32 IST: Boult to Roy, FOUR! Whacked! Dismissed! On the shorter side and around off, Roy picks the length early, he goes back and smashes it through mid-wicket. No stopping those. ENG 58/0 in 7.3 overs
15.27 IST: Fifty comes up for England off 38 deliveries.
15.23 IST: Boult to Bairstow, FOUR! Over the covers and Bairstow is not slowing down! Overpitches and pays the price! Full and outside off, Bairstow nonchalantly lofts it over covers and finds the boundary. So New Zealand are bowling one bad ball per over which England are taking full toll off. ENG 48/0 in 5.5 overs
15.20 IST: Tim Southee to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! New Zealand are just not sure where to bowl at the moment! They are under serious pressure. Southee goes short but it won't trouble Bairstow at his pace. Jonny goes back and hammers it over square leg for a boundary. ENG 43/0 in 4.5 overs
15.19 IST: Southee to Bairstow, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Full and outside off, Bairstow lofts it over the cover-point fielder who stretches his hand upwards, it goes over him and a boundary results.ENG 39/0 in 4.4 overs
15.18 IST: Southee to Bairstow, FOUR! Through the covers and no one is catching that! Too straight and it is easy for Bairstow! This is fuller and on the pads, Jonny clips it through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence. ENG 35/0 in 4.3 overs
15.15 IST: Boult to Roy, FOUR LEG BYES! Poor ball and Boult pays the price! This is down the leg side. Roy looks to flick but misses. It hits the pads and races to the fine leg fence. England are off to a flier here. ENG 31/0 in 3.4 overs
15.13 IST: Tim Southee to Jonny Bairstow, A couple to end! So three good overs in a row for England ! This is around off, it shapes away late. Bairstow looks to push at it but does so inside the line. The ball goes off the outside edge down to third man. Boult runs to his left, slides and stops it.
15.11 IST: Tim Southee to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! It is raining boundaries here! Consecutive ones for Jonny Bairstow. Once again there is room on offer and it is outside off. JB hits it through covers, off the front foot this time and it races away.
15.09 IST: Tim Southee to Jonny Bairstow, FOUR! Too much width on offer and Bairstow pounces on it. He opens his account with a boundary as well. Short and outside off again, Jonny pushes it through covers and the ball races away to the fence.
15.05 IST: Trent Boult to Jason Roy, FOUR! Flicked it towards the on-side!
15.02 IST: Mitchell Santner to Jason Roy, FOUR! A gift! A full toss outside off, Roy just needs to find the gap. He does so as he hits it through covers and the ball races away to the fence.
15.00 IST: Mitchell Santner to Jason Roy, FOUR! What a start that is! A brilliant delivery! This is flatter and it starts on off, Roy goes back and looks to cut but the ball keeps drifting in. Roy misses, it goes past the leg pole, the keeper fails to collect it and it goes to the fine leg fence.
14.59 IST: Mitchell Santner will bowl the first over. Jason Roy takes the strike.
14.56 IST: The players are out for the national anthems.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
14.33 IST: TOSS! England win toss, opt to bat against New Zealand in Chester-le-Street
14.25 IST: Lockie Ferguson is out of the game.
Lockie Ferguson has a tight left hamstring and will miss today’s match against England as a precaution. pic.twitter.com/hNctdy8h1x— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) July 3, 2019
14.18 IST: Good evening to all! We're awaiting the clash between England and New Zealand - the game which could well decide the semifinals spot. England need a win, and so do New Zealand, and the one team which will be following the game closely is Pakistan, who are also in the fray for the final four.
Brief Preview: Riding high on confidence after registering a thumping win over India, pre-tournament favourites England will look to confirm their semifinal berth in the ongoing World Cup when they take on New Zealand in their last group stage game at Riverside Cricket Ground on Wednesday. New Zealand, who are one point above England and are sitting in third place, have suffered back-to-back setbacks against Pakistan and Australia.