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ICC World Cup 2019: Match 41, England vs New Zealand – Best Memes from the Match

Semi-finalists are more or less finalised with this result with England set to lock horns with India again in Birmingham.

England team
England team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

England have sealed their place in the semi-final by defeating New Zealand in Chester-le-Street. Chasing 306, the Kiwis could only reach 186 runs and were bundled out with five overs to spare. They were on a rampage at one stage but have now lost three matches on the trot. Though their semi-final qualification is almost confirmed, the momentum is not with them and will have to face Australia in Manchester on July 9.

The chase didn’t begin on an auspicious note for New Zealand with Henry Nicholls bagging a golden duck and Martin Guptill’s poor form also continued. Their most reliable pair, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, came together at 14/2 and once again they tried to lend stability to the innings. The latter also showed some intent of scoring early in his innings but the Kiwi skipper was run-out in the most unfortunate way when the partnership was just gaining momentum.

Soon Taylor misjudged the second run and got out in the same manner to leave the team in a hole at 69/4. James Neesham and Tom Latham then were involved in a quick-fire partnership but the former chopped one onto his stumps and soon Colin de Grandhomme was also dismissed which blew away their chance of winning.

Latham got going for the first time in the tournament and scored a fine half-century to make sure that New Zealand didn’t collapse. His knock ensured that the Black Caps’ net run-rate didn’t damage much. Eventually, they could only reach 186 runs but have ensured that they end on the fourth spot unless Pakistan beat Bangladesh by an unimaginable margin.

Bairstow slams another century

Eoin Morgan was once again lucky to win the toss on a surface which was good for batting initially. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow once again got their team off to a brilliant surface and like it did against India, the partnership made the difference. They added 123 runs in less than 19 overs before Roy missed out on scoring big again. But his opening partner made sure that he didn’t waste the start and slammed his second consecutive ton.

Joe Root got a start but couldn’t convert it into a big knock and as the innings progressed England began to lose steam. The pitch had started to play its tricks and even the Kiwi bowlers bowled with a certain plan after the second drinks break. At one stage, the hosts were 194/1 after 30 overs and were expected to score more than 330 runs at least.

But with the ball gripping into the surface, it was quite difficult for the new batsmen to score the runs. The likes of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes crumbled in an attempt to go big. But Eoin Morgan played smartly just like MS Dhoni did the other day against Bangladesh. He hit an odd boundary in the death overs and kept rotating the strike even with the tail-enders in the middle. Unfortunately, he got out on 42 in the 47th over with 272 runs on the board.

But still, Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett did enough to get the team past the 300-run mark. Eventually they finished on 305 runs for the loss of eight wickets and the score was enough for England to secure their semi-final spot. They will now again face the Virat Kohli-led team India at the Edgbaston in Birmingham in the knockouts on July 11.

Here are some of the best memes:

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