England thrash New Zealand in Champions Trophy

England reached the semi-finals of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy after beating New Zealand by 87 runs at Cardiff on Tuesday. There was a ramp shot against a Boult bouncer outside off that nearly went out of the ground, there was a flat-batted mow against Milne that was so flat you had to check twice that it had carried over long-off on the full.

The 26-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman came in the 34th over and he hit his first four after facing 24 balls, in the 43rd over.

Jason Roy (13) was sent back early by Milne as the opener tried to walk across his stumps to a quick delivery which knocked his stumps as he tried to flick the ball over the leg side.

With their reply at 158-2 after 30 overs and captain Kane Williamson on 87, New Zealand appeared to be timing the chase with precision.

Williamson, who escaped a ban for his side's slow over rate but was docked 40% of his match fee to go with 20% for his players, had few complaints over the result and admitted England's attack simply made better use of the two-paced pitch. Things soon got worse for New Zealand when Taylor was caught by Root.

The tournament hosts will now return to the Welsh capital next Wednesday as Group A winners - even if they lose to Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday - to face the runners-up in Group B.

Victory in this match would see England into the semi-finals, with New Zealand looking to kickstart their campaign in a 50-over tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide sides after a rain-induced no result in their opening clash with Australia.

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England had omitted Adil Rashid's legspin for their first game, a victory against Bangladesh, but Stokes was held to be fit enough to bowl a full spell again as England's fourth seamer, so with seam stocks replenished Rashid replaced the injured Chris Woakes.

However, he was unable to make the most of it as he was cleaned up by Milne for 56 off 62 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes.

Put into bat at a blustery Swalec Stadium, England set the Black Caps 311 to win - their 23rd score over 300 since the 2015 World Cup - before bowling them out for 223 in 44.3 overs. "They didn't give us a lot and deserve everything they got today".

Jake Ball bowled a tight spell of 31/2 in his eight overs to restrict New Zealand and the Kiwis' chances of qualifying for the semis now look very bleak.

New Zealand plays Bangladesh on Friday in Cardiff with both teams on one point. But Stokes was tormented with a few wide ones outside off stump and, on 48, he had a brainstorm as he ran an uppercut against Boult into third man's hands.

Williamson had no gripes at the outcome, accepting the better team had won, and praised England as the best team at the rain-hit tournament so far. Taylor showed little resistance thereafter, triggering a collapse that allowed each of England's front-line bowlers to claim confidence boosting wickets ahead of tougher challenges to come.