England pacer Jake Ball cherishes New Zealand haul

Lynette Rowe
June 13, 2017

Jos Buttler's quickfire 61* proved to be pivotal in the end as England thumped New Zealand by 87 runs to become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy 2017 in Cardiff on Tuesday.

Eoin Morgan insists it was England's "brilliant bowlers" who carried them through to the Champions Trophy semi-finals as Group A table-toppers.

England, who were soundly beaten by the Black Caps at the 2015 World Cup, dismissed New Zealand for 223 to win by 87 runs as Liam Plunkett claimed 4-55 and fellow seamer Jake Ball and leg-spinner Adil Rashid snared two wickets apiece.

However, the tourists' chase got off to a awful start with Luke Ronchi dismissed for a golden duck, and though Kane Williamson hit an impressive 87, they were bowled all out for 223 with just over five overs remaining.

"So to go into a game like that with no other attitude than winning is very important to us".

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

"We know how well we've done and we know that if we perform to anywhere near our capability we are going to be a really tough team to beat", said England all-rounder Ben Stokes.

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Following their wash-out when well-placed against Australia, New Zealand need to beet Bangladesh in their last group match and hope England defeat the Aussies.

England, sent in to bat in overcast conditions by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, were in danger of failing to get to 300, despite fifties from Joe Root (64) and Alex Hales (56).

Making in-roads into the Bangladesh top-order early appears the best way in Boult's mind to get them victory.

"As a bowling unit we have to take wickets". Our batting performance was probably par or below par - so pretty average.

"If a couple of guys start scoring in the next game, we are a very risky side", Tamim said.

He also aggregated an undefeated 65 in the second ODI of the recently-concluded three-match series against South Africa. Sometimes these things heal quicker, sometimes they take longer, so we have to play it by ear.

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