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NEW ZEALAND innings:
Over 24 || Score 159/8
The Black Caps needed 23 runs to win off the last over bowled by James Anderson who bowled superbly today and thus fell short by ten runs as Nathan McCullum was dismissed off the final ball of the innings. England now move to semis and even the Black Caps are in the hunt, it all depends on the next match to be played between Sri Lanka and Australia on Monday.
Earlier, Tim Bresnan picked the wicket of Corey Anderson who hit one towards long-on and Anderson took another catch to his left. Cook continued with Bresnan even after he went for 19 runs in his previous over. Broad picked the big wicket of Williamson who hit one high towards mid-off where Anderson took an easy catch, the ball was reviewed for a front foot no-ball and that almost looked like a no-ball but the third umpire was convinced it was a legal delivery.
The 21st over of the innings bowled by Tim Bresnan produced 19 runs for the Black Caps as Williamson scored a boundary and a six while Anderson too edged one past third man for a boundary!
NL McCullum c Buttler b Anderson 13 (11b)
Corey J Anderson c Anderson b Bresnan 30 (24b)
KS Williamson c Anderson b Broad 67 (54b)
Over 20 || Score 115/5
Kane Williamson who is fighting a lone battle reached his half-century off 48 balls as he flicked Anderson to deep square leg for a boundary! Corey Anderson has scored some productive shots so far, but he still hasn’t managed to score boundaries at regular intervals. 32 runs were scored in the last four overs and now the Kiwis need 55 from 24 balls. These two have so far added 53 runs for the sixth wicket.
Kane Williamson 54* (49b) Corey Anderson 21* (18b)
Over 16 || Score 83/5
James Franklin was the next batsman to be dismissed as after scoring a boundary off Bopara, he hit one straight to Morgan at backward point in the 14th over. Corey Anderson is the new batsman at the crease and while Williamson is batting at 40, he needs some company, some big hits from the other end as well to make a match of it. 33 runs scored in the last five overs.
JEC Franklin c Morgan b Bopara 6 (6b)
Over 12 || Score 50/4
Ravi Bopara got rid of the danger man Brendon McCullum as he pulled a short delivery that went straight to deep square leg where Joe Root dived to his front to take a good low catch. 18 runs came in the last four overs and the Kiwis now need 120 runs from the next 12 overs. James Franklin joins Williamson at the crease.
BB McCullum c Root b Bopara 8 (17b)
Over 8 || Score 32/3
Veteran Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor was dismissed by Tim Bresnan as he missed the line of the ball and was hit on the pads. Taylor immediately reviewed the decision, as he didn’t get any bat on it and the ball was hitting the bails. Nathan McCullum joins Kane Williamson at the crease. 18 runs came in the last four overs.
LRPL Taylor lbw b Bresnan 3 (6b)
Over 4 || Score 14/2
English bowlers contained runs in the first four overs as Kiwi openers had a tough time scoring boundaries. Luke Ronchi was struggling to connect with the ball and his scratchy innings finally came to an end when he top edged a short ball from Anderson that went straight to Trott at third man. Kane Williamson came to the crease and Anderson struck again in the fourth over as Martin Guptill got an edge to an inswinger that knocked his stumps. Poor start by New Zealand, Ross Taylor is the new man in.
MJ Guptill b Anderson 9 (12b)
L Ronchi c Trott b Anderson 2 (12b)
Over 23.3 || Score 169/10
Jos Buttler was the next man to be dismissed as after hitting a boundary at square leg off Kyle Mills, he failed to clear Nathan McCullum at long-off who took another catch. In the penultimate over bowled by McClenaghan, Bopara too perished as he hooked a short ball straight to Williamson at square leg. Bresnan was run-out of the last ball of the penultimate over as he tried to steal a second run. Mills took his third wicket of the innings as Stuart Broad hit a short ball straight to Nathan McCullum who held on to another catch. The England innings came to an end when Tredwell worked the first ball he faced straight to third man where McClenaghan took an easy catch.
England collapsed in the last four overs. At the end of the 20th over, they were 143/5 and they lost the remaining five wickets in the last four overs for just 26 runs.
JC Tredwell c McClenaghan b Mills 0 (1b)
SCJ Broad c NL McCullum b Mills 0 (2b)
TT Bresnan run out 4 (3b)
RS Bopara c Williamson b McClenaghan 9 (11b)
JC Buttler c NL McCullum b Mills 14 (9b)
Over 20 || Score 143/5
After dropping Cook on three occasions, Nathan McCullum finally held onto a catch off his own bowling as the England skipper departed after playing a handy knock of 64 runs. Morgan was the next batsman to be dismissed as he failed to execute a sweep shot and was struck on the pads. Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler are the two new batsmen at the crease. 37 runs scored in the last four overs.
EJG Morgan lbw b Vettori 15 (15b)
AN Cook c & b NL McCullum 64 (47b)
Over 16 || Score 106/3
Root was dismissed by McClenaghan for a well played 38 as he mistimed a pull shot that landed into Ronchi’s gloves for a comfortable catch. Earlier Alastair Cook got another life after he was once again dropped by Nathan McCullum at midwicket off James Franklin again. It was the last ball of the 13th over from which Cook and Root had scored 12 runs off the first five balls. 29 runs scored in the last four overs.
JE Root c Ronchi b McClenaghan 38 (40b)
Over 12 || Score 77/2
Root smashed the first Six of the innings off Daniel Vettori as he swept him over deep square leg for half a dozen. Both Cook and Root accelerated the innings by scoring a boundary each in the eleventh over bowled by Nathan McCullum. Root was given out lbw off Vettori’s bowling after which he reviewed the decision and it went in his favour as the hawk eye showed he got a faint edge to the ball. 29 runs scored in the last five overs.
Alastair Cook 26* (23b) Joe Root 31* (35b)
Over 8 || Score 48/2
England have been slow in the last four overs as they scored just 19 runs. Cook got a life when he pulled the first delivery from James Franklin and was dropped by Nathan McCullum at midwicket as the ball went quickly at him. England have managed to slow down the pace of the innings in the last five overs.
Over 4 || Score 29/2
England openers got off to a good start as they added 16 runs in the first two overs. Ian Bell got a life when he mistimed a ball from Kyle Mills and was dropped by James Franklin who ran back from mid-off, got under the ball, but spilled it at the last moment. McClenaghan struck off the first ball of his second over as Bell made some room for himself and spanked the ball through covers but it went straight to Brendon McCullum at short cover who took a blinder as it came extremely quick at him. Mills dismissed Trott in his second over as the right-hander flicked a half-volley straight to Nathan McCullum at short midwicket. Joe Root is the new man at the crease and he needs to stitch a partnership with Cook after losing two early wickets.
IJL Trott c NL McCullum b Mills 8 (6b)
IR Bell c BB McCullum b McClenaghan 10 (8b)
Update: The covers are off and the play will resume. Both the sides will now play 24 overs each with the first powerplay being 5 overs and the second 2 overs.
Rain update: Unfortunately folks it is raining in Cardiff. The covers are on. Match has been delayed.
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TOSS: New Zealand have won the toss and will bowl first.
Stunned by an inspired Sri Lanka in their last game, hosts England find themselves in a spot of bother when they take on New Zealand in a must-win Group A match of the ICC Champions Trophy here on Sunday.
England, one of the strong contenders for the trophy, had themselves to blame as their strong bowling attack failed to defend an imposing 293 for seven against Sri Lanka.
The English bowling attack, termed as second best in the competition after Pakistan, came a cropper against Sri Lanka the other day as Kumar Sangakkara hit an unbeaten century to ensure an emphatic seven wicket win for the island nation with 17 balls to spare.
New Zealand: Luke Ronchi(w), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum(c), Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Corey Anderson, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan
England: Alastair Cook(c), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler(w), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, James Tredwell, James Anderson