Morgan credits England bowlers for win over Kiwis

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

New Zealand, who inflicted a humiliating eight-wicket defeat upon England in Wellington during the 2015 World Cup, now need a favour from Morgan's men if they too are to reach the semi-finals.

Cardiff, Jun 8 New Zealand and Bangladesh enter their final group match of the ICC Champions Trophy here tomorrow with the knowledge that even a win may not be enough to see either of them into the semifinals. "But the fact that we're still trying to win games with the bat, regardless of the situation that we're in, I think is testament to the team", said England captain Eoin Morgan, who was out for 13.

While victory all but assures England top spot in Group A and a place in the first semi-final in Cardiff on 14 June, New Zealand are left to scrap with Bangladesh and Australia to join the pre-tournament favourites in the knock-out stage.

New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi (w), Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, James Neesham, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

"It's completely different now, two years down the line", said Morgan.

"We knew before the tournament that we had to produce something special, otherwise it wouldn't be easy to beat teams like England and Australia", said Mortaza. Then paceman Liam Plunkett (4/55) bowled brilliantly as New Zealand were bundled out for 223 in 44.3 overs.

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Their first game against Australia was washed out due to rain. "We played very nicely against them in New Zealand in our summer back home", he said. "I thought we would have got more".

But in Cardiff he managed the increasingly rare feat of bowling two maidens in a one-day worldwide.

"We batted OK", he added. "But, yeah, I guess those things happen and you let them go and move on".

'Australia always are one of the best teams at white-ball tournaments, so to go into a game like with no other attitude than winning is very important to us'.

Virat Kohli urged India to produce a repeat of their Pakistan demolition when they face Sri Lanka in Group B today.

"We play our way, and they play their way, which is a similar brand, and it works for both teams".

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