CHESTER-LE-STREET: Host England, on Wednesday, defeated New Zealand by 119 runs and secured a spot among the final four here at The Riverside in Durham.
Tom Latham, with 57 runs off 65 balls, remained the only Kiwi top scorer as Mark Wood, with three wicket spell destroyed the New Zealand batting line up. All English bowlers except Joe Root got one wicket each.
The Kiwis, despite losing third consecutive game, might still qualify for the semi-finals on the basis of their positive run rate.
Jonny Bairstow scored yet another century, he was well-assisted by Jason Roy who scored 60 off 61 balls. Skipper Eoin Morgan, with 42 runs was the third top scorer of the day.
Trent Boult, James Neesham, and Matt Henry took two wickets each while Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee both took one wicket.
For England, the comeback of opener Jason Roy proved to be a turning point as they marked India their first defeat of the tournament on Sunday to get back in the race for a slot in the final four.
On the other hand, New Zealand who were on an unbeaten spree in the tournament, met their defeat at the hands of Pakistan and Australia, losing the games by six wickets and 86 runs respectively.
The defeat of England in today’s game will help Pakistan to secure a spot in the final four.
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (w), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (w), Tom Blundell (w), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham