CWC 2019 Recap: Bairstow, Wood take England to semis; Kiwis suffer third straight defeat
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
England 305/8(50 Overs) - Jonny Bairstow106 (99), Jason Roy60 (61); James Neesham2/41(10), Matt Henry 2/54(10)
New Zealand 186(45 Overs) - Tom Latham57 (65), Ross Taylor28 (42); Mark Wood3/34(9), Ben Stokes1/10(5)
Result - England won by 119 runs
The 41st match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street was the last league match for both England and New Zealand. While England had to win to qualify for the semis, all Kiwis had to do was not to lose too badly, but they encountered a scare with a heavy defeat.
The way the match began and Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy began to club the ball to all parts of the ground, 400 looked within the realms of possibility. But, as Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan were dismissed within a window of five overs, the Black Caps managed to pull back things a bit.
Still, a 300+ target meant that New Zealand batsmen had to play exceptional cricket to scale the mountain. Exceptional cricket was played, but by the England bowlers. Mark Wood led the charge with figures of 3/34 from his nine overs.
New Zealand could never gain any momentum thorough the innings and were bowled out for a paltry 186 from 45 overs, suffering a 119-run defeat. This was their third successive defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and the second-biggest win against them in World Cups (by runs).
With the win, England ended two undesirable World Cup streaks: they reached the semi-final for the first time since 1992 and beat New Zealand for the first time in a World Cup since 1983.