England thrash New Zealand to surge into semis

England play New Zealand in Cardiff on Tuesday, knowing a win will take them into the semifinals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, lived up to his billing as one of the world's best batsmen with a superb hundred in their Group A opener against Australia at Edgbaston on Friday. England's top order, Hales and Root in particular, made use of home conditions and took New Zealand's seamers to task, after Jason Roy fell in the eighth over.

Chasing a hard target of 311, New Zealand's three top-order batsmen steered their team to 158 in 31st over but as soon their captain Kane Williamson made an exit after a brilliant knock of 87, the their collapse begun as the team lost the remaining seven wickets for just 65 runs.

Earlier England, sent into bat by Williamson, made 310 all out, thanks mainly to Joe Root's 64 and Jos Buttler's unbeaten 61.

With one point in their kitty, New Zealand will now have to win their last group match against Bangladesh and hope England beat Australia to progress into the knock-out stages of the tournament.

The Kiwis brought on Milne only after the first six overs by which time Hales had gotten himself set and England were off to a decent enough start.

Then paceman Liam Plunkett (4/55) bowled brilliantly as New Zealand were bundled out for 223 in 44.3 overs.

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Morgans men are through to the Champions Trophy semi-finals following their victory over New Zealand, but the same can not be said for the Aussies, who will be out of the tournament should England win.

Kiwi skipper Williamson said he thought his team "had a sniff" at the halfway mark and admitted his dismissal on 87, to a venomous short ball from Wood that fizzed off the pitch and took his glove, was a pivotal moment in the match.

The second, in central London on Saturday, happened within a mile of the hotel some England players were using rather than travelling home between matches.

Besides, Trent Boult (1/56) and Mitchell Santner (1/54) picked up a wicket each for New Zealand. New Zealand managed just 223 in reply.

Off the back of 1-82 against Bangladesh, Ball quickly settled any debate about his place in this England side by knocking over Black Caps opener Luke Ronchi for a first-ball duck in the opening over.

With the Black Caps having entered cruise control mode, England were in need of a wicket, and it was Mark Wood who delivered it as he had Williamson caught behind for 87, which came off 98 balls and included eight boundaries.

It was to be a similar story for Joe Root who joined Hales in a second wicket stand of 81.

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