2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Despite Bowlers Heroics, England Post 310 Against New Zealand
Following half-centuries from Jos Buttler, Joe Root and Alex Hales, in the Group A fixture for the England, the hosts set a target of 311 for New Zealand, in the match number six at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, Wales on Tuesday.
England was bundled out for 310 in 49.3 overs. The quickfire 48-ball unbeaten 61 from wicket-keeper batsman Butler has helped his side to go past the 300-run mark despite splendid efforts from the Kiwis bowlers. However, it seems to be a decent total for them to defend owing the overcast conditions out there.
The hosts were pegged back by New Zealand bowlers after early progression with the bat, which further saw Corey Anderson, Adam Milne maintained their line and the length — to claim three wickets apiece, as Tim Southee claimed two and Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner bagged a wicket each.
Liam Plunkett was caught by Tim Southee at mid-on on the bowling of Milne, when latter mistimed a stroke, before Jake Ball (0 off 1 ball) was caught by Trent Boult on the bowling of Tim Southee after Mark Wood (0 off 1) was sent back to pavilion by Southee when Ross Taylor completed a catch at cover region.
In 44th over, Adil Rashid (12 off 11) was trapped in front of stumps by left-arm orthodox spinner Mitchell Santner, as the latter reviewed only to see third umpire declaring him out on umpires call, as the replays suggested he was caught plumb in front.
On the bowling of Corey Anderson, Moeen Ali (12 off 11 balls, who was looking to build-up the innings, was caught superbly by Trent Boult at the short fine leg while leapfrogging to his left – to grab the stunner, as England was struggling at 230 for six.
In 38th over, Ben Stokes was caught at the third man region while attempting an uppercut on the bowling of Trent Boult. Stokes, who scored 53-ball 48 which included two maximums and four boundaries was caught by Milne, who has been on the role with the white-ball.
Joe Root, who was looking threatening for Kiwis bowlers, ended his innings when he tried to cut before the crashed onto his off stump after taking an inside edge. Root scored 64 off 65 balls which included four boundaries and two maximums.
In 25th over, Skipper Eoin Morgan was sent back to the pavilion after scoring 13 off 12 balls when he nicked the ball straight into the gloves of Luke Ronchi on the bowling of Corey Anderson. For the second wicket, Alex Hales and Joe Root put vital 81 runs on the board for the second wicket, as the Three Lions were 118 for two in 21 overs.
Paceman Adam Milne was again into action, as he cleaned up Alex Hales, who expected a short ball. The right-handed batsman smashed 56 off 62 balls, as his innings was laced with three boundaries and two Coming to bat, England’s openers posted 37 for the first wicket in eight overs. It was Jason Roy again in the picture, who returned to the pavilion after scoring 13 off 23 balls.
The right-handed Roy, who is struggling, has now scored 27 runs in five innings including this ongoing match. Trying to improvise, Roy went across the off-stump – to see Adam Milne’s delivery hitting his leg stump.
Earlier, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first owing to the slower surface and forecast of the rain during the game. At the toss time, Williamson revealed they would go with the same team they played against Australia which was eventually abandoned due to rain – to see one-point each being shared.
However, even knowing the straight boundaries was shorter; Eoin Morgan stated leg-spinner Adil Rashid is coming at the expense of injured Chris Woakes, as the latter has played his role for England while claiming wickets with ease.
Talking about the weather, the showers are expected at the stadium, as grey skies are taking place, in fact slight drizzle has been witnessed during England’s innings.
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