Guptill (26) combined with Luke Ronchi (65 off 43) to kickstart the New Zealand innings against Australia last week, with skipper Kane Williamson’s 97-ball 100 anchoring the Black Caps to 291 off 45 overs. Their first game against Australia was washed out due to rain. If we’re truly going to be contenders in this tournament, we need to beat the best teams.
England play Australia in their final group game at Edgbaston on Saturday, knowing they could knock the Aussies out of the event.
England progressed to the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy as they claimed a comfortable 87-run win over New Zealand in Cardiff. “We couldn’t quite throw caution to the wind because we kept losing wickets, so I had to take that responsibility to bat until the end to ensure we got up to 300″, Buttler said.
Leading Black Caps bowler Trent Boult has laid out a simple plan as they prepare to face Bangladesh in their must win Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh – go hard at them early.
Powered by a late flourish from Jos Buttler (61 n o, 48b, 2×4, 2×6) and half centuries by Joe Root (64, 65b, 5×4, 2×6) and Alex Hales (56, 62b, 3×4, 2×6), England scored 310 against New Zealand.
“It’s a bit frustrating, because we were getting a little bit of momentum with the bat”.
Both Bangladesh and New Zealand are in the last-chance saloon in Cardiff on Friday, with the loser definitely heading home.
“We don’t put any pressure on ourselves to live up to being the favourites, I think we just earn that right from the way that we played”. It’s not about preventing runs anymore, it’s about going out on the attack and making things happen. “They seem to produce limited-overs cricketers at will”, the former Ireland global added.
“He’s a very good bowler, unique in the fact that he bowls at such good pace off maybe a five to 10-metre run up – which you don’t see too much around the world”, said Williamson.
“If a couple of guys start scoring in the next game, we are a very risky side”, Tamim said.