If we want to go back to the last time that England reached a World Cup semi-final we have to go all the way back to 1992. For England to change that they needed to defeat New Zealand at Chester-le-Street. England came into the game with a lot of momentum after winning their last two games.
England Dismantle Black Caps
England came into the game knowing that their fate was in their own hands, lose the game and their World Cup dream ends, win and they could continue to fight another day. Jonny Bairstow was not about to let their World Cup hopes chance, he played another scintillating innings by scoring his second hundred in four days and his third consecutive century against New Zealand in one day internationals. Bairstow and England proved way too good for the Black Caps who’s form has deteriorated over recent weeks.
New Zealand Perspective
Luckily for New Zealand their slump came at a time where it would’ve prove fatal to their tournament hopes because they are now most likely to face Australia in a repeat of the 2015 World Cup Final on Tuesday in Manchester. This was surprisingly also their third defeat thus far which has come at a bad time since they’re headed to the semi-finals.
England Bowling Consistently Strong
England were simply world class, they set a brilliant 305-8 and Bairstow was undoubtedly the star of the show in setting the total. The pitch only got harder to bat on and New Zealand’s bowling manage to reduce the run rate. New Zealand’s batting was the biggest issue, they were very quickly reduced to 69-4. Their two key batsmen in Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were run out which basically ended their chances of getting back into the game. The Black Caps were dismissed for a shockingly low 186. A massive strong point for England throughout this tournament has been their bowling and their bowlers never took their foot off the pedal. They produced another great bowling performance and their attack was lead by Mark Wood who picked up 3-34 on his home ground.
New Zealand Disappointing
The defeat must have been a tough one for New Zealand especially since England had not beat New Zealand since the 1983 World Cup. The Black Caps have gotten the better of England on most occasions, especially in the last World Cup where they humiliated England by beating them by eight wickets. The only possible way that New Zealand could still be knocked out is if Pakistan manage to beat Bangladesh but they need to win by an unthinkable margin of 316 runs. New Zealand started the tournament off on such a strong note so their recent slump has been very confusing, at one point everyone expected them to be going through comfortably. England have been very inconsistent as well, they started off strongly, went through a dry patch and now they’re back on top having beaten both India and now New Zealand.
Who Will Win The World Cup
Both sides can improve in many facets of their game and especially with them heading to the semi-finals. At this point it’s very hard to predict who will win the World Cup with all four sides that have qualified being extremely strong.