England beat New Zealand by 92 runs to qualify for the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup on Wednesday, June 3rd. The tournament hosts needed a victory to avoid the nightmare scenario of going out of the World Cup in the group stages as hosts.
Jonny Bairstow was the star of the show with his second consecutive century. The 29-year-old hit an impressive 106 as England were on course for a huge score with 194-1 in the first 30 overs. They managed just 111 in their last 20 overs but still came away with an impressive score of 305/8 in 50 overs.
Jason Roy also batted well after managing 60, while captain Eoin Morgan hit a solid 42.
New Zealand managed just 186 as they suffered their third defeat in a row. The Black Caps are still in a strong position to make the semi-finals even though Pakistan beat Bangladesh on Friday, June 5th.
AFP reported that England’s captain Morgan praised his side’s performance. “I thought we were outstanding today. It started with the two boys at the top of the order,” Morgan said. “They set a good solid platform playing in the manner they do. Jonny getting his hundred was match-winning.”
England are now guaranteed to finish third in the table and will play in the semi-finals on Thursday, July 11th. India, in second place, are the likely opponents.