The race to the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2019 is becoming more and more interesting and in the crucial clash for both the teams, the England batters have done their bid of work, posting an imposing total of 305 runs against New Zealand at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. Jonny Bairstow racked up back-to-back hundreds and along with Jason Roy provided a solid opening foundation. England were initially on course to post a massive first innings total, but then the New Zealand bowlers displayed brilliant collective efforts to restrict the opposition much earlier.
Roy and Bairstow register third consecutive century opening stand
England captain Eoin Morgan was once again lucky to win his second toss in a row and opted to bat first because of the pitch and overhead conditions. The two England in-form openers, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow started things in the same manner from where they left in the previous game against India. The duo brought up the half-century partnership in just the seventh over and they were once again looking in a phenomenal touch. Both the batters played in an attacking mode from the first over and stitched a sensational partnership of 123 runs.
Bairstow racks back-to-back hundreds
Roy once again got out after scoring an impressive half-century off a delivery bowled by Kiwi all-rounder James Neesham. However, even after losing his partner, Bairstow continued to play his natural aggressive game and notched up brilliant back-to-back hundreds. Along with Joe Root, who came to bat at the number three position, he stitched a vital stand of 71 runs. Root failed to convert his start of 24 runs into a big score getting dismissed by Trent Boult. Bairstow compiled an excellent innings of 106 runs off 99 balls that included of 15 fours and 1 six before getting dismissed Matt Henry in the 32nd over.
Jos Buttler also got out pretty soon leaving England in a spot of bother at 214 for 4. The pair of Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan then tried to take England’s progress further before the Kiwi bowlers once again staged a fightback. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner removed Stokes, while Neesham got the better of Chris Woakes in the 45th over.
Towards the end, the lower-order batsmen duo of Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett contributed with vital cameos to help England finish with 305 for 8 in their quota of 50 overs. For New Zealand, the troika of Boult, Neesham and Henry picked up two scalps each.
England 305/8 in 50 overs (Jonny Bairstow-106, Jason Roy-60, Eoin Morgan-42; James Neesham 2/41, Matt Henry 2/54) vs New Zealand.