Jonny Bairstow smashed his second successive century as England thrashed New Zealand by 119 runs to storm into the semifinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
At the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Wednesday, Bairstow’s gritty knock of 106 guided England to 305/8 in their 50 overs.
Coming out for the chase, two crucial run-outs of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, cost the Black Caps as they got bungled out for just 186 in 45 overs.
Despite the defeat, New Zealand still has a chance of reaching the semifinals. However, Pakistan’s hopes of reaching the last-four dimmed further.
Brief Scores: England 305/8 in 50 overs (Jonny Bairstow 106, Jason Roy 60; James Neesham 2-41, Trent Boult 2-56) beat New Zealand 186 in 45 overs (Tom Latham 57, Ross Taylor 28; Mark Wood 3-34) by 119 runs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
27 yrs since we reached our last World Cup Semi Final … The job @Eoin16 has done with this One day team is remarkable … 2 more huge efforts and you just never know … #CWC19 … I declare it #BeerOclock 👍
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 3, 2019
So England make it to their first semi-finals after 1992 WC. Well done !#EngvNZ
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 3, 2019
So…the hosts are through. The formula of winning the toss and batting first is foolproof. But will it stand the test of the knockout pressure?? We shall find out…. for the time being. Favourites haven’t disappointed in the end. #CWC19 #EngvNZ
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 3, 2019
England just need to win 2 more tosses and then it’s – 🏆.
The cannot be beaten batting first!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) July 3, 2019
England with a bang !!! #Cwc2019 They have navigated a tricky period in style … Congratulations on making the semis !!!
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) July 3, 2019
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 3, 2019
The last time England played the #CWC semi-final at home, was against India at Old Trafford in 1983 (lost by 6 wickets).
It seems in #CWC2019 the same two teams will be clashing in the semis.#CWC2019#EngvNZ #NZvEng
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 3, 2019
England book their place in the semi-finals!
— ICC (@ICC) July 3, 2019
Player of the Match for the second game in a row! Well done, @jbairstow21 👏 👏
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 3, 2019