England knock out New Zealand to top Group E
Former Ireland batsman Eoin Morgan fired an impressive 40 as he helped England seal three consecutive victories in their Super Eights group.
England’s will now play either Sri Lanka or the West Indies in their semi-final on Thursday. Pakistan, who progressed courtesy of England’s victory, will expect to face Australia in the other last four encounter.
Tim Bresnan in particular bowled in positive fashion once again for the English with plenty of variation helping to restrict the dangerous Kiwi batting early on. After the early dismissals of McCullum and Ryder, the middle order for New Zealand put on a fine display.
Scott Styris and Ross Taylor took the battle to the English bowlers with Stuart Broad and Ryan Sidebottom both taking some punishment. The Kiwi partnership hit 62 of 41 balls before Styris eventually fell for 31 after he was caught by Luke Wright of the bowling of Broad.
England managed to restrict the lower order and New Zealand finished on 150.
Pakistan had proven earlier in the day that this was a defendable figure and it was important that England started brightly.
In their pursuit of the Kiwi’s total it was once again an assured performance from Morgan. The Middlesex batsman provided another glimpse of his range of shots with some magnificent boundaries.
Bresnan and Morgan managed to strike up a strong partnership and added crucial runs to the England tally at a time when the middle order of Bopara and Collingwood failed to make any impact.
Morgan eventually departed when New Zealand captian, Daniel Vettori, caught him mid-on.
Michael Yardy went for a duck but Graeme Swann saw through the final over with Bresnan to secure victory for Collingwood’s men, Bresnan capping a superb all round display with an emphatic boundary to take England past their target.