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England reaches Champions Trophy Semis

17 Juin 2017

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 hosts England's home team became the first team to make it to the semi-final round of the tournament, after defeating New Zealand to a comprehensive 87-run win at Cardiff.

Joe Root top-scored with an impressive 64 -- his 32nd score above fifty in 85 ODIs -- as England posted an all-out score of 310 after being put in to bat.

With one point in their kitty, New Zealand will now have to win their last group match against Bangladesh and hope England beat Australia to progress into the knock-out stages of the tournament.

Morgan added: "With the inconsistent bounce in the pitch, I genuinely thought that if we took one wicket, we would take two".

New Zealand will look to revive their Champions Trophy campaign by beating England in Cardiff today after a frustrating start to the one-day global tournament.

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Our batting performance was probably par or below par - so pretty average". Throughout that partnership, I thought Kane and Ross played well, but we still sort of created half chances where a diving catch or a ball just going to hand wasn't too far away.

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England have now assured themselves of a return to Cardiff for a June 14 semi-final against the runners-up in Group B, regardless of the result of their final pool match against arch-rivals Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday.

"The persistence and mind set the guys showed kept us in good stead, so when we eventually took a wicket we took two, and could build on that".

New Zealand have faced England nine times earlier in familiar conditions in the past four years and England hold an edge over New Zealand with the head-to-head tally reading 5-4. So, definitely as a bowling unit we need to take wickets, but it should be a very good encounter. But despite the victory, English bowlers will have to rectify their mistakes as they rarely looked in control against Bangladesh.

"We know how well we've done and we know that if we perform to anywhere near our capability we are going to be a really tough team to beat", said England all-rounder Ben Stokes. "His dismissal turned the tide our way", Morgan said.

The New Zealand played at a decent pace for his 87.

England reaches Champions Trophy Semis