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
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.
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)