Champions Trophy 2017: Hosts England eye semi-final spot vs New Zealand

England booked their place in the Champions Trophy semi-finals with an 87-run win over New Zealand in Cardiff.

The host nation kicked off their Champions Trophy campaign in a tremendous fashion, defeating Bangladesh in the tournament opener while Kiwi had a subdued start with the infamous English weather playing the key role in the game against Australia.

However, the tourists' chase got off to a terrible start with Luke Ronchi dismissed for a golden duck, and though Kane Williamson hit an impressive 87, they were bowled all out for 223 with just over five overs remaining.

Half-centuries from Joe Root (64), Jos Buttler (61 not out) and Alex Hales (56) proved enough - although Morgan admitted he was far from sure they would after England were bowled out in 49.3 overs.

And when Taylor (39) holed out off Ball to midwicket, New Zealand were 168 for four in the 34th over.

The Kiwis play Bangladesh in their final group game with all three sides still able to join England in the knockout stages.

· Both nations have claimed three wins apiece across their last six encounters in ODI cricket; England come into this match having secured successive victories over the Black Caps however.

In an all-round display from the England side, four of the batsmen made scores in excess of 48, while all five bowlers used took at least one wicket.

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The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Group A match between England and New Zealand on Tuesday at Cardiff was halted for a minute at 11 a.m. (GMT) to observe a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the London terror attack which left seven people dead and dozens injured over the weekend.

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Mark Wood broke the partnership as he had Williamson caught by Buttler.

Hales and Root shared 81-run stand for the second and scored fifties each to set the platform for a big score.

When Stokes was dismissed two shy of a half century, however, New Zealand smelt blood and would have fancied their chances of restricting England to an achievable target.

Buttler's knock which came off just 48 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes provided the just-needed impetus to England's innings to get past the 300-run mark.

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.

To add insult to injury the Blackcaps were also fined for a slow over-rate, Williamson docked 40 per cent of his match fee and the rest of the team 20 per cent each.


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