Opening batsman Jonny Bairstow’s blazing ton helped England register a comfortable win over New Zealand in the 41st game of ICC Cricket World Cup played at Chester-le-Street.
After registering a convincing win over India a few days ago, it was once again England captain Eoin Morgan who won the toss and opted to bat first.
His decision, however, proved to be a correct one as England got off to a perfect start. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy added 123 runs for the opening wicket. Jason Roy once again looked in great form with the bat and run-a ball 60 runs with the help of eight boundaries. On the other hand, Bairstow also decided to play his shots and notched up his second consecutive century in the competition.
A 71-run partnership for the second wicket between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow saw England comfortably placed at 194 for 2 after 30.1 overs. However, things became increasingly difficult for the batting side as New Zealand managed to pull things back and restrict England to 305 for 8 in 50 overs.
Bairstow finished the innings with the top score of 106 off 99 balls with the help of 15 fours and one six, whereas Eoin Morgan scored 42 off just 40 balls with the help of five fours for the home side. Joe Root, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid put in crucial scores to see England post a competitive score on a sluggish pitch.
For New Zealand, the pace duo of Trent Boult and Matt Henry picked up two wickets apiece. All-rounder James Neesham was economical with the ball and finished with figures of 2 for 41 from his 10 overs.
In reply, New Zealand had a poor start as they lost veteran opener Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls at the score of 14 inside the first five overs.
But a 47-run partnership for the third wicket between Captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor provided momentarily hope for New Zealand. Once Williamson was run-out for 27 runs, it went downhill as New Zealand capitulated badly and were dismissed for 186 runs in 45 overs.
Wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham finished the innings with the top score of 57 off 65 balls with the help of five fours, whereas Williamson and Taylor scored 27 and 28 respectively.
For England, pace bowler Mark Wood was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed figures of three for 34 in his 10 overs.