I had predicted that England would get the better of New Zealand especially after they had won the toss and elected to bat.
Jason Roy scoring a fifty while Jonny Bairstow scoring his second consecutive century gave the hosts another scintillating start with the bat.
Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett and the rest of the lower order contributed enough to score 305.
Quite a few people thought that England was 15-20 runs short, but I always say that if a team has got a quality bowling lineup, then they will be able to defend the given target.
For New Zealand, the turning point was the run outs of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor against the run of play.
So, it’s almost certain who the four semi-finalists are because Pakistan has to beat Bangladesh by over 300 runs or chase down a total within five to seven overs which is just impossible.
It is now down to Australia and India now, if Australia wins their game against South Africa then they’ll top the table and face New Zealand in the semis, otherwise, if India win versus Sri Lanka and Australia lose their final group game, then India tops the table and faces New Zealand.
However, it seems like it is going to be India versus England in the semi-finals which promises to be a cracker of a contest.
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