Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Champions Trophy 2017: Eng vs NZ - Star of the Match - Jos Buttler


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

"We won t think too much about it. but it is always nice to know that would be the outcome if we did win", said Buttler.

Luke Ronchi's middle stump was knocked back by Ball in the first over of the reply, and once Kane Williamson edged Mark Wood behind for 87 the Black Caps never looked like staging a successful chase.

England will finish group winners whatever the outcome of their final match against Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday - when a win over their Ashes rivals, for the second time in successive editions of this tournament, is very likely to eliminate their oldest adversaries.

Asked to bat first, England rode on half-centuries from Alex Hales, Joe Root and Jos Butler to post a formidable total of 310 runs.

Meanwhile, Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, could be facing a ban for slow over-rates after his side took nearly four hours to complete the England innings.

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has played a remarkable scoop shot for six during England's Champions Trophy victory over New Zealand in Cardiff.

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Buttler had little difficulty in carrying the load, bringing up his fifty by smacking Boult for six, though it looked as if England may be punished for a collective failure of those who got strong starts to kick on for a big score as New Zealand recovered from early jitters. His 95-run partnership for the third wicket with Ross Taylor (39) gave New Zealand some hope.

The duo appeared to be taking the game away from England but Morgan kept faith in his bowlers to provide breakthrough to which they delivered.

Southee ended on 2-44 off 9.3 overs, Adam Milne took 3-79 and Corey Anderson 3-55. None of the Kiwi batters, expect skipper Kane Williamson, could stay long at the crease.

Morgan says that heavy loss was like "men against boys", with New Zealand going on to reach the final.

Heavy rain in Cardiff on Monday left New Zealand contemplating the prospect of another washout but Guptill said: "We can't control the weather".

He received good support from Liam Plunkett (15) in an eighth-wicket stand of 49 in 31 balls.

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