England saved their hopes of constructing the T20 World Cup semi-finals very a lot alive with a 20-run win over New Zealand at The Gabba.
Jos Buttler (73 off 47) and Alex Hales (52 off 40) struck half-centuries – Buttler after being dropped twice – as England posted 179-6 from their 20 overs earlier than limiting New Zealand to 159-6.
Glenn Phillips’ 62 from 36 deliveries got here in useless for New Zealand, with Moeen Ali respiration an enormous sigh of aid having dropped the in-form batter on 15 at cowl as he shelled an absolute dolly off the bowling of Adil Rashid.
England had been dumped out of final 12 months’s T20 World Cup by New Zealand on the semi-final stage after their dying bowling flopped however there was no repeat in Brisbane, with Sam Curran conceding solely 5 of the 26 runs New Zealand required from the ultimate over.
England, New Zealand and Australia are all on 5 factors forward of the ultimate spherical of Group 1 video games, with New Zealand heading the pool on web run-rate, forward of second-placed England and third-placed Australia.
New Zealand face Eire and Australia meet Afghanistan in Adelaide on Friday earlier than England tackle Sri Lanka in Sydney on Saturday
Ought to New Zealand, Australia and England all win as anticipated, then the highest two spots will probably be selected web run-rate, with Australia having essentially the most to do with their run-rate standing at -0.304 in comparison with New Zealand’s +2.233 and England’s +0.547.
Any slip ups might but see Eire and Sri Lanka concerned within the semi-final shake-up.
Buttler, Hales give England sturdy begin in Brisbane
Buttler and Hales shared a first-wicket stand of 81 from 62 balls after the previous elected to bat on a used Gabba floor.
Buttler was dropped on eight by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson at cowl after which once more on 40 by Daryl Mitchell at deep sq. leg as he top-scored in his a centesimal T20 worldwide and overtook former skipper Eoin Morgan as England’s main run-scorer in T20 worldwide cricket.
Buttler was finally run out within the penultimate over however performed a significant function in his aspect plundering 102 runs from their ultimate 10 overs, with Livingstone (20 off 14) the one different participant bar Buttler and Hales to achieve double figures in opposition to the aspect that knocked them out of final 12 months’s T20 World Cup.
The captain had spoken on the toss about how England could be “versatile” with their batting order and made good on that promise with Moeen (6) and Livingstone pushed as much as No 3 and No 4 respectively, with Ben Stokes (8) and Dawid Malan (3no) coming in at No 6 and No 8.
England had regarded on target for a good bigger whole at one level, with Buttler and Livingstone on the crease on the finish of the seventeenth over and the rating on 148-2; a cluster of late wickets stalled a few of their momentum, though they nonetheless managed 16 from Lockie Ferguson’s ultimate over.
Every of New Zealand’s three pacemen – Ferguson (2-45), Trent Boult (0-40) and Tim Southee (1-43) – went at 10 runs an over not less than, with the containing job carried out by spinners Mitchell Santner (1-25) and Ish Sodhi (1-23); Santner with the primary wicket of the night when he had Hales stumped within the eleventh over.
Moeen and Harry Brook (7) have been caught within the deep off Sodhi and Southee respectively; Livingstone was bowled trying to repeat a ramped 4 over fantastic leg off Ferguson; and Stokes was pinned lbw by a Ferguson yorker from the penultimate ball of the innings.
Stokes’ dismissal left Malan with one ball to face and he picked up three from it after working Ferguson into the leg-side; the left-hander ending not out alongside Curran (6no) with Curran having struck Ferguson for a leg-side six earlier within the ultimate over.
Buttler with good catch at begin of New Zealand chase
New Zealand have been diminished to 28-2 throughout a run-shy powerplay with Buttler’s acrobatic catch down the leg-side eradicating Devon Conway (3) off the bowling of Chris Woakes and Finn Allen (16) spooning Curran to Stokes at deep midwicket – Stokes seemingly injured his finger after taking the catch and left the sector earlier than returning a short time later.
New Zealand ought to have been 64-3 within the tenth over however Moeen inexplicably dropped Phillips, who went on to boss a stand of 96 from 59 balls with skipper Williamson (40 off 40).
The momentum was with New Zealand when Phillips mowed Rashid for successive sixes within the 14th over, the batter finishing a 25-ball fifty 4 days after thumping a glowing century in opposition to Sri Lanka.
The Black Caps wanted 67 from 36 deliveries however Stokes then had Williamson pouched at quick third earlier than Mark Wooden and Chris Woakes curbed the scoring fee and had Jimmy Neesham (6) and Daryl Mitchell (3) caught within the deep respectively.
When Phillips then holed out off Curran down the bottom with 44 wanted from 15 balls – sub fielder Chris Jordan together with his second catch of the night – the sport was all however up.
England face Sri Lanka in Sydney on Saturday (8am UK time) with New Zealand taking part in Eire in Adelaide a day earlier (4am UK time on Friday). Each video games are reside on Sky Sports activities Cricket.