As it happened: England through to World Cup 2019 semifinals with big win over New Zealand

England vs New Zealand Live Score, World Cup 2019, Match 41: Latest updates from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 ENG vs NZ match at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.


Wood celebrates the dismissal of Neesham during England's match against New Zealand in the World Cup.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's Live coverage of ICC World Cup 2019, Match 41 between England and New Zealand. 


Jonny Bairstow is the man of the match for his hundred.

Now that this match has ended, we know by what margin Pakistan needs to defeat Bangladesh at Lord's.


This should also be the end of the road for Pakistan in this tournament unless something dramatic happens on Friday.

WICKET! Rashid has Boult stumped! That's the win for England and what an emphatic one at that. The English is through to the semifinals of the home World Cup and makes the last four for the first time since 1992. It wins by 119 runs. 

The England fans are in full volume and the songs are out.

Here is another unlikely scenario by which Pakistan can make the semis


WICKET! Wood says he will some wood! He cleans up Henry with a full delivery straight at the stumps! N is nine down.

NZ 180/8 in 42 overs: Asking rate of 16 plus now with eight overs left. Southee and Henry at the crease. Adil Rashid comes back with his leggies in the hope of adding some wickets to his column.

This contest had a fantastic start with Roy and Bairstow going gung-ho before the Kiwi bowlers made a superb comeback. But the second half of the game has felt like an anti-climax from the first over of the chase. The Kiwis wouldn't be too deflated with the defeat. They will likely have Lockie Ferguson back in time for the semis.

WICKET! Wood gets on the act now. Santner moves across the stumps to whip Wood to the leg side but misses it and is caught plumb in front! Umpire gives him out and Santner calls for DRS. No bat involved and the ball is crashing into middle.

NZ 165/7 in 39 overs: WICKET! Plunkett gets the wicket of Latham. He bowls an off-cutter on short length and Latham ends up top-edging it to the 'keeper.

NZ 153/6 in 37 overs: Partnership of 25 from 51 balls. The required rate is now close to 12 rpo. Latham brigs up his fifty, first of the World Cup, off just 57 balls. An important knock in the tournament's point of view for NZ and its middle-order woes.

This game is just dragging out at the moment. The only eventful happening in the last few overs has been the presence of a streaker during the 34th over.  He reportedly had a chat with Latham and Santner before being hauled off the ground.

NZ 139/6 in 33 overs: It's been a slow rebuild from Latham and Santner. Not in pursuit of the target but possibly in hope of avoiding a heavy defeat and assuring their side of a place in the last four.  England wouldn't mind that.

An England wins means a qualification to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1992. New Zealand might sneak in as the fourth side due to the better run rate. Pakistan's 1992 World Cup similarity might come at an end soon. Here is an interesting take on what Pakistan needs (!!!) to do to reach the semis.


NZ 130/6 in 29 overs: WICKET! NZ can't catch a break as de Grandhomme pulls it straight into the hands of the deep square-leg fielder Root. Stokes gets a wicket of his first delivery and he has his hand in his mouth. He can't believe he got a wicket of a half-tracker. Santner comes in at No. 8.

NZ 124/5 in 26 overs: WICKET! Neesham chops Wood onto his stumps and the 50-run stand comes to an end! Is that the game for England? Wood came in from around the wicket and Neesham tried to play it late past the point fielder but only managed to get an inside edge. Colin de Grandhomme, the last recognised batsman in the side, walks in.

NZ 104/4 in 22 overs: Tom Lotham and James Neesham rebuild with almost run-a-ball 35-run partnership. It needs 202 to win in 28 overs. The wickets column will be a concern for the Kiwis.

GONE! That's suicidal from Ross Taylor and he has been run out. New Zealand loses both heavyweights in quick succession. New Zealand tottering now.

Just as I say that, Williamson is run out! Taylor struck it straight down the middle and Wood managed to get the slightest of touches to the ball as the ball crashes into the stumps at the non-striker's end where Williamson is well short of his crease. What a lucky break for England this is! He departs for 27.

NZ 61/2 in 15 overs: 23 runs from the last five overs off Plunkett and Wood. This could turn out to be the defining partnership of the game.  The pair has had several fruitful stands against England in their own back yard.

Fifty comes up for NZ in the 13th over.

Woakes and Archer bowl five overs each in the powerplay. Plunkett and Wood come second change. 

Here are the wickets of Stokes and Morgan which derailed England's innings.


NZ 37/2 in 10 overs: Williamson and Taylor motor along in the chase and rebuild for the Kiwis. It's a better powerplay score compared to India's 28/1 in its first 10 overs against England in its chase of 339.

Archer now has the most wickets (17) for a World Cup for an English. He goes past England great Ian Botham's record (16) from the 1992 World Cup.

NZ 16/2 in 6 overs: WICKET! SENSATIONAL CATCH FROM JOS BUTTLER! Archer digs it in short into Guptill's midrff, who ends up glowing it down leg side and was going wide of Buttler. Buttler swiftly moves to his left before sticking his left glove out to complete that take! NZ is in trouble inside the powerplay overs. Ross Taylor joins Williamson.

NZ 7/1 in 4 overs: Maiden from Jofra Archer. England opening bowlers have kept things simple and tight which has made it difficult for Guptill and Williamson to play their natural strokes.

Hold on! Ball tracker says ball was missing top of off stump! Poor decision from umpire Ravi. Woakes has 10 wickets for the tournament.

NZ 2/1 in 1 over: WICKET! Woakes traps Nicholls first ball and the umpire has no hesitation in raising his finger! Nicholls decides against reviewing it. What a start for England! The ball nips back and raps Nicholls' on the back foot, the ball would have been crashing into off stump. Williamson makes his way to the middle in the first over.

Guptill and Henry Nicholls are out for the chase. Woakes with the new ball.

New Zealand needs an explosive start against the new ball. Speaking of explosive starts, here's Ravindra Jadeja's explosive response to Sanjay Manjrekar's response to his 'not a fan of bits and pieces player like Jadeja' comments.

New Zealand innings

Much will rest on the blade of Kane Williamson for NZ to chase this down. But will the other Kiwi batsmen step up today after their meek display against Australia in the last game? We will back in 20 minutes for the chase.

Bairstow on his 2nd successive hundred: "I'm really pleased obviously. There's been a couple of low scores in the competition as well. I felt like I needed to contribute with some runs. I'm disappointed not to go on with a big one but pleased to have got a hundred. You want to fire against the best teams in the world. We'll be looking to implement some of the things we saw in our bowling innings. We'll have to adjust like they did and hopefully implement our skills. It was a little slow I think. They obviously bowled a lot of cutters into the wicket, cross seam balls were standing up so hopefully we can take some early wickets and put some pressure on."

Roy and Bairstow vs NZ bowlers: 166 runs from 160 balls

Batsmen 3-10 vs NZ bowlers: 124 runs from 140 balls

ENG 305/8 in 50 overs: Southee with a tidy finish to complete the innings. He gets one in the blockhole to york Rashid's stumps for his first ODI wicket since February this year. NZ has done well to pull this back after England looked poised to post 350+.

300 comes up for England in the final over of the innings.

ENG 299/7 in 49 overs: Poor finish from Henry. He affords room for Plunkett and Rashid and they chance their arms. Crucial boundaries and runs being added here. 13 off the over.

ENG 277/7 in 47 overs: WICKET! Matt Henry returns and removes Morgan first ball. He rolls his fingers over the ball and Morgan chips it high over the short cover region but Santner pulls off a stunning one-handed take. Morgan is dismissed for 42.

Jimmy Neesham strikes! England is falling away here as it loses its sixth wicket. Full delivery on middle stump and Woakes digs it into the hands of Williamson at mid-off. He finishes a terrific bowling spell: 5-1-16-1. His overall figures read: 10-1-41-1. Liam Plunkett is the new batsman.

Eoin Morgan has 300+ runs in the WC.

ENG 254/5 in 44 overs: Santner bowls out his full quota of 10 overs, that means Williamson will need to find an over out of either Southee or de Grandhomme.

Pakistan team and its fans will be loving this New Zealand comeback. England had the chance to bat NZ out of this game when it was positioned at 194/1 after 30 overs. But NZ will feel they are still very much in this game after its bowling with the older ball in the last 12 overs.

Two overs each of Neesham, Boult and Henry left but the two overs from Southee could sway how much England could post in its full 50. Chris Woakes joins his skipper Morgan.

ENG 248/5 in 42 overs: Stokes holes out to Henry at long-off! BIG, BIG WICKET! He had played out 27 balls for his 11.

ENG 241/4 in 40 overs: Morgan sweeps Santner for a four of the final delivery of the over. Both these batsmen have got their eye in and should be setting themselves up for an onslaught in the final 10.

England has scored just 39 runs in the last nine overs while losing three wickets.

Missed run-out opportunity! Santner had an opportunity to run Morgan out at the non-striker's end after a mix-up but he misses to hit the stumps with his underarm throw.

ENG 226/4 in 36 overs: Both Boult and Henry have only two overs a piece. Southee comes on for Henry now.  He is proving to be expensive again. Concedes two boundaries to Morgan.

If this isn't luxury, then I don't know what is. Ben Stokes, who has 370 runs in the WC, walks in at No. 6. He has four fifties so far including a 79 against India in the last match.

Boult is now the leading wicket-taker for New Zealand in World Cups with 37 wickets, going past Daniel Vettori and Jacob Oram.

WICKET! Boult gets another and its the wicket of Buttler! The batsman mistimes the ball straight to the mid-off fielder Williamson, who takes a good grab on the run. He manages only just 11.

ENG 214/3 in 34 overs: Just 20 runs from the last four overs, including the big wickets of the set Bairstow and Root.

Henry continues with his 8th over. NZ looking for more wickets to further peg England back.

WICKET! Williamson brings in his main bowlers and he is rewarded yet again! Matt Henry gets him the big wicket of Bairstow! The opener chops one onto his stumps. The ball is wide and there to be hit but Bairsotw manages to get only an inside edge and onto the stumps. Standing ovation for Bairstow. Eoin Morgan joins Buttler in the middle.

Jos Buttler is promoted to No. 4. 200 up for England in the 31st over.

WICKET! Boult is re-introduced and he gets a wicket off the first ball. He bowls a short ball but misses his line but Root chases after it and gets an edge behind to the 'keeper. The umpire gives him out but Root calls for a DRS. The snicko says there is a spike. England loses its review. Strange review from Root.

ENG 194/1 in 30 overs: Back-to-back hundreds for Jonny Bairstow! He nudges a Southee full toss off his hips behind square to the boundary to bring up the landmark. He gets to the hundred off 95 balls. This is his third in a row against the Kiwis.

Root becomes the first England player to score 500 runs in a World Cup.

Southee is having a horrid day out on his ODI return. He is reintroduced and Bairstow launches him over his head for the first six of the innings. Bairstow moves into the 90s.

ENG 173/1 in 27 overs: Held up in play as Root is being tended by the physio for nose bleed. Seems like he is fine to resume now. The pair bring up the 50-run partnership.

ENG 156/1 in 24 overs: 150 up for England in the 24th over. England continue to dominate spin. After taking Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the last game, Santner's six overs have fetched 42 runs today.

ENG 145/1 in 23 overs: Bairstow is continuing to keep up with scoring rate despite the dismissal of his partner, while Root in a more sedate manner is getting himself in. Bairstow is now on 69 from 69 balls. He has hardly put a foot wring today and has looked in absolute control.

A statistic to indicate how far this England side has come since the disastrous 2015 WC campaign. England was dismissed for 123 in its loss to NZ in Wellington. Today, its opening pair alone post 123.

Joe Root is the new batsman.

ENG 123/1 in 19 overs: BANG, BANG AND OUT! Roy was getting after Neesham there with two back-to-back boundaries to the leg side of short deliveries.  He then bowls one full on the off-side and Roy takes the invitation by jabbing it straight to Santner at short cover. There was no feet movement from Roy and he is frustrated with his soft dismissal as he goes for 60.

Since Bairstow's ODI debut in 2017 until the semifinal of 2017 Champions Trophy, he only played 26 matches without scoring a single hundred. In England's defeat to Pakistan in the CT two years ago, Eoin Morgan and Co. managed to find the big piece in its ODI jig-saw puzzle. (READ)

ENG 111/0 in 17 overs: Roy posts his 50. He brings it up off just 55 balls. And now 50 for Bairstow from just 46 balls. Bairstow also brings up 400 runs in the tournament.

For the first time, Roy and Bairstow post third successive 100-run stand.

ENG 104/0 in 15 overs: Colin de Grandhomme's gentle seam-up introduced by Williamson now and Bairstow guides him between short third man gully for a four. The pair bring up the 100-run in the 15th over before Bairstow plays another replica late cut behind off for another four.

Stat: England has won each of its last 6 completed men's ODI matches when it has batted first.

ENG 78/0 in 12 overs: Boult and Henry concede just a single of their respective overs before Santner concedes 10 in his comeback over.

England posts 67 for no loss at the end of the first powerplay. Roy has gone past 300 runs in the tournament in just five innings.

Plenty of chatter in the newsroom over who will play the semifinals and how the semifinal line-up will turn out to be. But before that, here's the scenario one needs to keep an eye on.

ENG 66/0 in 9 overs: Roy goes for the pull off Henry and he top edges it over the 'keeper's head for another boundary. There is a delay because they can't find the ball. Probably a Kiwi supporter just looking out for his team by stealing the ball... It must be somewhere under the covers. They still can't find it and they ask for a change in ball. That's strange thing to happen in 2019 with all the cameras and number of ground staff around.

Matt Henry into the attack and NZ slightly pull back the scoring rate. England is still going at over 7 runs per over.

Fifty up for England in the seventh over. Third fifty-plus partnership for the pair of the World Cup.

ENG 48/0 in 6 overs: There is nothing happening for Boult and Southee off the pitch. Boult managed to slice Bairstow in half with the first ball of the over but misses his line to get drilled through the covers for a boundary.

ENG 44/0 in 5 overs: Bairstow smashes Southee for three successive fours and England is flying at the moment. One could only wonder how much Ferguson's electric pace and form will be missed by NZ today.

Runs, Runs and more runs.

The Kiwis need to find a way to get the opening wicket. This is how devastating they are in home conditions.

ENG 25/0 in 3 overs: Not a great start for Timmy. A couple of half-trackers and Bairstow dispatches it over the off-side field for two fours.

Santner off, Southee comes on for his first ball of the WC and what will be his first ball in ODIs since February this year.

ENG 9/0 in 1 over: That nearly worked first ball. Santner brought one back in and Roy missed and so did Latham. The ball raced down to the boundary. Santner offers a freebie and Roy pounces on it by crashing it through the covers to get off the mark.

Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, fresh off their 160-run opening stand against India, stride out to the middle. NZ begins with spin in the form of Mitchell Santner.

England innings

The teams are out for the national anthems. 

ICYMI, India's Ambati Rayadu has retired from all forms of cricket today.

Ferguson will be a big loss for the Kiwis. He is their leading wicket-taker with 17 wickets. Tim Southee,playing in his first game of the World Cup, will have big shoes to fill here.

Playing XIs

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood


Kane Williamson: 'I would have liked to bat first too but pitch doesn't change much here. It is important that we do the job with the ball first-up. Southee and Henry come in place of Ferguson and Sodhi. Ferguson has been outstanding for us in this tournament especially in the middle overs. He has a hamstring niggle. Hopefully, he will recover quickly.'

Eoin Morgan: 'We will bat first because of pitch and overhead conditions. There is more on the line so there is more excitement. This game is like a quarterfinal for us. Victory against India has boosted our confidence. New Zealand are a strong wide we have to play well to compete.'

That could prove to be a huge toss in what is a crucial game for both sides.

TOSS: England wins toss, elects to bat first. The host remains unchanged. New Zealand makes two changes: Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry are in. Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi are out.

The Preview

The English challenge for Kane and Co.

On Tuesday morning, English cricket fans and students from nearby universities lined up at the Riverside ground to buy tickets for Wednesday’s crucial World Cup fixture between England and New Zealand — a virtual quarterfinal clash.

While England defeated India in its last fixture, New Zealand suffered back-to-back losses against Pakistan and Australia to find itself in a spot of bother.

Team Profile | England

After a bright start, England suddenly found itself in a fix as it lost to Sri Lanka and Australia, but a 31-run win against India on Sunday revived its campaign.

While a loss won’t rule out either of the teams from the semifinal race, the losing teams will have to depend on favourable results from the other games to sneak into the knockouts.


The return of Jason Roy — after nursing a hamstring injury — had a big impact on England. He resumed his imperious opening partnership with Jonny Bairstow against India and added 160 runs for the opening wicket.

Against a tough New Zealand side, England needs to play with similar intensity. While the focus will be on the openers, the middle-order also needs to be steady.

Team Profile | New Zealand

For New Zealand, it will be important to fix the opening woes. The seasoned Martin Guptill has looked off-colour, adding pressure on captain Kane Williamson and the middle-order. On a surface which could aid the batsmen, Guptill — who batted at the nets for long — will be keen to strike form.


New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Tim Southee.

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, James Vince, Liam Dawson



World Cup 2019 semifinals qualification scenario: Will Pakistan qualify for semis if New Zealand beats England?

India's 28-run win over Bangladesh at Edgbaston in Birmingham powered Virat Kohli and Co. into the semifinals while keeping Pakistan's last-four hopes alive.

Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan will be rooting for a New Zealand win when host England takes on the Kiwis on Wednesday. A victory for Kane Williamson's side will mean Pakistan just need to beat Bangladesh in its last league game to seal a semifinal spot.

However, an England win will mean a two-way race between New Zealand and Pakistan which will be decided on the basis of the number of wins, net run rate (NRR) and the head-to-head record in that order.

This, however, will come into play only if Pakistan beats Bangladesh in which case it will be tied on 11 points with New Zealand (assuming it loses to England). But New Zealand's chances, in that scenario, get a boost since it has a far better NRR than Pakistan.

In simple terms, Pakistan's fate now lies in its own hands and England's.


Tournament so  Far

England made a bright start by winning four of their opening five matches, but defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia inflicted major blows. They were impressive in beating India last time out, with Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes all batting well.

New Zealand also began the tournament in style, but losses to Pakistan and Australia have pegged their progress. Guptill is out of sorts and needs a score. Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult are cleaning up on the wickets front and pose a major threat.

What They Said

England captain Eoin Morgan: "It was clear that after the Australia game there was a huge amount of disappointment in the changing room. The fact that we have been able to turn that around, identify where we are at and identify what we need to do in order to progress to the semis ... is important and it's been effective."

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor: "We saw Sri Lanka-West Indies 300 played 300, so I think we've got to expect that scores of 300-plus are probably out there. But in saying that, both teams have got very good bowling line-ups that can exploit conditions if suited and vice versa some very powerful batting line-ups as well."


 England have won three of their last four ODIs against New Zealand. It is a different story in their World Cup rivalry, where England won the first three meetings between the teams but have since lost five in a row.
- New Zealand will be looking to avoid three consecutive defeats at the World Cup for the first time since 1979-1983.
- New Zealand's Kane Williamson passed 6,000 ODI runs in his most recent World Cup match, becoming the third-fastest man to reach the mark (139 innings) behind Hashim Amla (South Africa, 123 innings) and Virat Kohli (India, 136 innings).
- Boult became the first man from his country to complete a hat-trick in World Cup history, producing the feat last time out against Australia.
​- England's Liam Plunkett bowled a full 10-over allocation at a World Cup for the first time in his most recent match against India, taking his best figures ever in a World Cup game (3-55, econ 5.5).


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