New Zealand fined for slow over-rate in England defeat

New Zealand fined for slow over-rate in England defeat

Australia thrashed New Zealand by 87 runs to qualify for the semi-finals from Group A in the ICC Champions Trophy here at Sophia Gardens on Tuesday.

Victory saw England, who beat Bangladesh by eight wickets at the Oval in their Group A opener, into the last four of a tournament featuring the world s top eight one-day global teams regardless of the result of their last pool fixture against arch-rivals Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday.

"They always are going into a white-ball tournament".

Liam Plunkett was the pick of the England bowlers, taking four wickets as New Zealand subsided to 223 all out in the 45th over.

Williamson moved to his 50 off 66 balls but then started moving, belting Rashid over the top and pulling and driving as Stokes went for 11 off an expensive over.

Even so, Guptill was the batsman England needed to shift, and it was Joe Root who caught him out after the former sliced a Ben Stokes delivery into the slips.

No other batsman could make any significant contribution.

The jury was out whether the hosts had enough runs after posting a patchy 310 all out thanks to half-centuries from Joe Root (64), Jos Buttler (61no) and Alex Hales (56).

Milne and Anderson picked up three wickets apiece, while Tim Southee snapped up two, and Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner chipped in with one wicket apiece. But Jos Buttler's dashing unbeaten 61 helped take them to 310 all out.

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Plunkett was well supported by Jake Ball (2/31) and Adil Rashid (2/47). The hosts started their campaign with an inclusive eight-wicket win over Bangladesh.

Jason Roy (13; 23b; 2x4) was sent back early by Milne as the opener tried to walk across his stumps to a quick delivery which knocked his stumps as he tried to flick the ball over the leg side.

During the recent series with South Africa, we saw how unsafe cross-seam can be, with the ball skidding through off the shiny side, and bouncing up if it hits the seam.

How crucial Williamson's wicket was could be seen from the fact that New Zealand went from 158 for 2 to being bowled out in 14 overs for the addition of just 65 runs.

Williamson's dismissal marked New Zealand's downfall as Taylor departed soon caught by Root off Ball.

Hales slapped Milne high over long-off before he was bowled next ball by Milne.

The Black Caps will be desperate for a victory after their opening game against Australia was rained off.

"I thought we would have got more". The Kiwis play Bangladesh in their final group game with all three sides still able to join England in the knockout stages.

Victory saw England into the last four of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global sides after an eight-wicket defeat of Bangladesh at the Oval last week, regardless of the result of their last Group A match against arch-rivals Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday.