Britain’s World Cup expectations were in a critical position on Wednesday after New Zealand battled back after opener Jonny Bairstow’s second progressive century of the competition.
The hosts, in a match where triumph for either side would see them into the semi-finals, were set for a gigantic aggregate at 194-1 off 30 overs at Chester-le-Street.
Be that as it may, in the last 20 overs they oversaw only 111 runs and lost seven wickets against a Black Caps assault missing star quick bowler Lockie Ferguson, out with hamstring damage, to complete on 305-8.
Britain skipper Eoin Morgan resuscitated the innings with 42 and an eighth-wicket association of 29 between Liam Plunkett (15 not out) and Adil Rashid (16) guaranteed the hosts went past 300.
New Zealand were left with a solid, however not feasible, pursue, given the most any group have made batting second to win a World Cup match is Ireland’s 329-7 against England at Bangalore in 2011.
“I am truly satisfied (with the hundred),” said Bairstow. “Clearly I have had two or three low scores in the challenge also. I had an inclination that I expected to contribute and required runs. I am disillusioned not to go on and get a major one however satisfied I got a hundred.
“You need to fire against the best on the planet and reliably do it. We recognize what quality bowling they have. We will look execute things we have found in that innings in our bowling innings.”
On the off chance that England lose to New Zealand, they will be thumped out should Pakistan beat Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.
In any case, if New Zealand, similar to England hoping to win the World Cup just because, are crushed, they should at present experience to the keep going four on net run-rate.
Bairstow fell not long after in the wake of achieving three figures when he played on to reviewed paceman Matt Henry for 106.
Britain’s choice to advance Jos Buttler saw the generally free-scoring batsman chip Trent Boult to New Zealand commander Kane Williamson at mid-off for 11.
Ben Stokes came into this match on the back of three progressive fifties yet he never got moving on his Durham home ground, with the all-rounder additionally out for 11 when he drove left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner to long-on.
Left-hander Morgan, who won the hurl, made a significant commitment before he was all around gotten at mid-off by a jumping Santner off Henry to leave England 272-7 in the 47th over. Prior, Bairstow and individual opener Jason Roy (60) got England off to a flyer with an organization of 123 — their third century remain in succession.
Bairstow drove the accomplished Tim Southee — reviewed for his first match of the competition — for the main six of the innings to go to 90.
He at that point finished his ninth one-day universal hundred with two limits off Southee as he achieved three figures in 95 balls, including 14 fours and a six.
Be that as it may, the following over observed Bairstow’s Yorkshire colleague Joe Root got behind snaring at Boult for 24.
Southee, who took a staggering 7-33 when New Zealand whipped England in Wellington in transit to achieving the 2015 World Cup last, took 1-70 with Henry (2-54) and Boult (2-56) the pick of the assault.