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  • 11:39 PM IST

    Man of the Match: Jake Ball

  • 11:13 PM IST

    So Plunkett it is all the way. Third one for him as Milne makes his way back. Just one wicket away from victory. Trent Boult makes his way now.

  • 11:06 PM IST

    It is success all the way for England, Plunkett gets his second wicket. Big wicket as Anderson goes for 10. Southee makes his way and Milne gets going with a boundary.

  • 11:04 PM IST

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  • 11:01 PM IST

    The runs have anyway stopped flowing so let the wickets keep coming, is what England are following now. So Santner also makes his way back and England’s spot in semi-final is more than sure at the moment. No Southee but Milne has arrived. Now New Zealand have crawled to 200-run mark. NZ need 103 and ENG 3 wickets to win.

  • 10:39 PM IST

    The clouds are threatening and now New Zealand lose another wicket down. Plunkett gets his first while Hales takes a comfortably. Neesham goes for 18. Before that Neesham was seen in full swing with a SIX as well. Finally, Anderson arrives. Broom has to go sweeping the floor back to his pavilion. RRR inching towards 10 per over. Santner joins Anderson and it fresh beginnings again.

  • 10:27 PM IST
  • 10:25 PM IST

    Jimmy Neesham is the new man on crease with Broom. The latter has not made any progress yet. So it just gets difficult for New Zealand. After a long gap, boundary towards long-on, Neesham goes off the mark. So RRR reaches 9 now, Things have surely changed in the past few overs. NZ need 133 to win.

  • 10:20 PM IST

    Some missed chances were there in terms of Taylor. First Rashid and then Roy could not reach to get the catch. This time he was not lucky, Root took the wicket in no time and dismisses off Taylor for 39. 2nd wicket for Ball. New Zealand are in trouble now. Need 143 to win off 16 overs.

  • 10:16 PM IST

  • 10:07 PM IST

    After some controlled bowling from England, another wicket down for New Zealand. He would have been the only hope to carry forward the innings. New Zealand’s middle-order has been dicey. Neil Broom joins the crease with Taylor. Williamson goes for 87. Wood gets his first.

  • 9:49 PM IST

    New Zealand get going with two successive boundaries and wide from Ben Stokes. 11 runs from that. New Zealand now are neck-to-neck with England at this stage. Mark Wood has restricted New Zealand well. A dropped catch and no luck with that. They need 164 to win.

  • 9:31 PM IST

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  • 9:28 PM IST

    Williamson gets to fifty. Something to cheer for New Zealand. Some resilience as well. New Zealand finally crawl to the 100-run mark and appeal for LBW done. But that looked out and England might have just lost a chance here. So Williamson and Taylor still stick around. This are under control but they need to push.

  • 9:18 PM IST
    From Rashid to Moeen, everything is working England’s way. No runs frlowing so far. Meanwhile, the winds are so strong that they are not just affecting the bails but also the ad cusions. The New Zealand flag was almost going to fall off 😮
  • 9:08 PM IST

  • 9:07 PM IST
    Taylor and Williamson seem to be getting no movement. No boundary after the drinks break. Even the weather is not supporting them playing peek-a-boo. 17 overs down and New Zealand need 238 to win. Spinner, Rashid called into attack.
  • 8:51 PM IST

    It is drinks time and England have done their job well with the ball as well. Not that ‘Ball’ but bowling is what I am saying. New Zealand need 248 to win and now Williamson as well as Taylor are struggling.

  • 8:46 PM IST

  • 8:45 PM IST

    Guptill looked in good stead but looks like England are looking for early finish. Another wicket down and this time Stokes strikes. An easy catch by Root at the cover. Guptill goes for 27. NZ need 248 to win. Can Taylor bring his experience into play?

  • 8:33 PM IST

  • 8:29 PM IST

    Players have started moving on after several attempts earlier. A boundary or two every over is what the players are aiming at. As long as the weather supports New Zealand. It looks gloomy than ever.

  • 8:19 PM IST

  • 8:16 PM IST

    After all attempts, finally Guptill gets going with a boundary off Jake Ball. Meanwhile, the winds are blowing off the bails as well. Another boundary to for New Zealand. They are finding momentum. NZ still need 289 to win and would need Williamson as well as Guptill on field.

  • 8:04 PM IST
    Three overs gone and just 4 runs so far. England are keeping it tight just like the weather that is acting up. There is sun sometimes or sometimes raining around. Mark Wood conceded just two runs. Now Ball has been tight with his runs as well, especially with Woakes not around. NZ need 303 to win.
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It is match No. 6 of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. England will take on New Zealand at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. I am Shruti Hariharan, and will be running CricketCountry’s live blog for today. From live scores to interesting posts from social media, I will be sharing everything related to this crackerjack of a contest (did you, by any chance, read that in Ravi Shastri’s voice?). Anyway, if England win, they are through to the semi-finals. If the result is otherwise, Group A table will stay open. Given both Australia matches ended in no result due to rain, they have pocketed only 2 points. They have no option but to win their last contest against England, and simultaneously hope that Bangladesh edge out New Zealand. Full Cricket Scorecard: ICC Champions Trophy 2017, England vs New Zealand, Match 6 at Cardiff

The track was covered throughout Monday due to heavy rain. However, the weather is expected to be better on the match day. Some lateral movement will be expected due to moisture in the air. The captain winning the toss is likely to bowl first. This will also help the team batting second the required run-rate revised by the DLS method and bat accordingly. Both teams have top-drawer bowlers in their ranks.

England boast of Steven Finn and Mark Wood, while New Zealand have the services of Tim Southee and Trent Boult. All the same, the batters will score runs at will if the ball does not move enough. The shorter boundaries at Cardiff will be peppered once the batters exit the powerplay. Both teams have met twice in Champions Trophy, winning a game each.

Squads

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Sam Billings (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Jake Ball, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Mark Wood, Steven Finn

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Luke Ronchi (wk), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor