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  • 11:10 PM IST

    Right then, England have entered the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the 1992 edition and become the third team to qualify after Australia and India. That’s all we have for today, folks! Until next time then, it’s good night!

  • 11:09 PM IST

    Eoin Morgan: “I thought we were outstanding today. It started with the two guys at the top laying the foundation. Jonny going on to get a hundred, was match-winning today. After the 25th over it started to slow up and every batsman who came in after that found that to be true. Getting to 300 odd was a competitive total. I think if the wicket dictates that 280 or 300 is par, we can do both. I didn’t think it will get much worse today, but it did. It has been the theme of the tournament, that the wicket will get slower over the course of the game. If that continues, we will continue to bat first. The way we have batted the last two games, I certainly think that has been our identity over the last two years – that the batsmen up top play with absolute freedom. Our bowlers have continued to take wickets throughout the fifty overs, and I hope this positive approach continues throughout the rest of the tournament.”

  • 11:05 PM IST

    Time for the captains now, first up, Kane Williamson: “It’s not ideal to lose 3 consecutively. It’s simple road ahead but not easy. We have to be a lot more competitive than we have been in the last few games. It’s important to learn from our mistakes moving forward. They got the best of the conditions, but they were the better team. The conditions didn’t decide the result, but it did change after 20 overs of their batting, and the cutters became effective on a slower wicket. Their bowlers put us under pressure from the start so full credit to England. We thought we were in the game, and it was nice to be able to pull it back. We were under a lot of pressure in that first half. We needed to build partnerships and we weren’t able to take the game deep. We haven’t had the flow in the batting. There are a number of variables. Today with a couple of run-outs, and one down the leg-side, it’s not ideal to start a chase that way. It’s one of those things. So much to learn from, but the most important thing is we need add value to our side from an individual perspective. There have been learning curves. We have had to adapt to many different surfaces. It’s nice to play some good cricket, been challenged on a number of occasions. If we are allowed the opportunity, anything can happen in the semi-finals and we haven’t played our best cricket yet.”

  • 11:00 PM IST

    Jonny Bairstow: “Really pleased with my form. To play the way we have the last two games and hopefully in the semis is pleasing. You got to just react to whatever is thrown in front of you. The toss can go either way. We applied ourselves pretty well. Obviously batting together (with Roy and the rest of the line-up) for a period of time helps, you understand each other well. We knew it was a must-win game and they are a class side. We are pleased to be through the semi-final after what has been a tough weeks. It’s going to be important for us to go away and refresh. There is bound to be a bit of soreness, especially after two gruelling games. So ya, refresh and regroup 2-3 days before the semis. Hopefully we will put in good enough performances in the remaining two games and hopefully win them.”

  • 10:58 PM IST

    For his second successive century, Jonny Bairstow is adjudged the Player of the Match.

  • 10:58 PM IST

    FYI: This is the first time England have made the World Cup semi-finals since 1992.

  • 10:46 PM IST

    Few pictures from the match

  • 10:45 PM IST

    IT’S ALL OVER! England register thumping 119-run win over New Zealand to qualify for the semi-finals

  • 10:40 PM IST

    England just need one wicket to win, Mark Wood bowls Matt Henry for 7

  • 10:34 PM IST

    England moments away from victory at Durham! New Zealand need 130 from 47 balls with 2 wickets remaining

England vs New Zealand icc world cup 2019

Hello and welcome to Match 41 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and New Zealand at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street on Wednesday.

ENG vs NZ MATCH PREVIEW

Until last week, New Zealand were unbeaten. Until last week, questions were being asked of England. But in the past few days, the equation has drastically changed. New Zealand have tasted back-to-back defeats that has prolonged their wait for a semi-final berth, whereas England, with a handsome 31-run win over India, have revived themselves and also eye a place in the final four.

Hence, the equation for Wednesday’s game is straightforward. Whichever team wins, goes through to the semis. The side that loses though, face contrasting situations. A loss for England would mean that Bangladesh will have to beat Pakistan to stop them from leapfrogging the hosts, but if New Zealand lose, they still have the benefit of a strong net run-rate. In short, by the end of July 2, we will most likely have the four semi-finalists ready.

Against India, England rediscovered the fire that made they the team to watch out for in the last five years. With Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow reuniting as openers, the top order is once again back to its attacking best. The inclusion of Liam Plunkett was an ace but whether he’ll be retained ahead of Moeen Ali will depend on the surface. England’s previous World Cup match against New Zealand was a disaster, which for Eoin Morgan was like hitting “rock-bottom”. With this being a virtual quarter-final, other scenarios notwithstanding, England would eye banishing last World Cup’s demons against New Zealand.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.