England beat Kiwis to stay in contention
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England beat Kiwis to stay in contention

England's hopes of progressing to the Champions Trophy semifinals hung in the balance after Alastair Cook's 64 helped England set a target of 170 for New Zealand to win today.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2013 10:49 IST
Reuters
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England captain Alastair Cook survived three dropped catches by Nathan McCullum to score 64 out of his team’s 169 all out and lead his side to a 10-run win over New Zealand in a rain-reduced Champions Trophy Group A match in Cardiff.

New Zealand could make 159/8. Kane Williamson top-scored with a 54-ball 67.

Cook was dropped on 14 and 36 by McCullum, both the chances coming on the leg side from the bowling of left-arm medium-pacer James Franklin. The third, when the batsman was on 45, was a simple chance to point off Kane Williamson's off-spin.

McCullum finally held a catch from Cook off his own bowling when the England skipper hit the ball straight back to him. The New Zealand all-rounder did manage to grasp three other catches and England fell away after reaching 141 for three in a match reduced to 24 overs a side.

However, the score proved a bit too much for the Kiwis despite Williamson’s quickfire knock.

Brief Scores

England 169 in 23.3 overs (A Cook 64, J Root 38, K Mills 4/30)

New Zealand 159/8 in 24 overs (K Williamson 67, CJ Anderson 30, Anderson 3/32)

First Published: Jun 16, 2013 22:50 IST