England Beats New Zealand to Reach Champions Trophy Semifinals

Captain Alastair Cook scored 64 as England got the win it needed to guarantee a place in cricket’s Champions Trophy semifinals, beating New Zealand by 10 runs.

Rain delayed the start until 3:45 p.m. at Cardiff and the match was reduced to 24 overs a side.

England was all out for 169 in its final allotted over. Cook achieved his run haul off 47 balls, having been dropped three times by Nathan McCullum, and Joe Root added 38. Kyle Mills took 4-30.

New Zealand, which had won the toss, was reduced to 27-3 after Luke Ronchi, Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor were out. Root then made a diving catch to dismiss captain Brendon McCullum for eight off Ravi Bopara.

Kane Williamson scored 67 as New Zealand recovered to threaten a comeback win. James Anderson caught Williamson as the umpires ruled that Stuart Broad’s delivery wasn’t a “no ball” for overstepping the crease.

Corey Anderson was out after making 30 off 24 balls as New Zealand finished on 159-8.

Anderson took 3-32, Bopara 2-26 and Tim Bresnan 2-41.

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