England vs New Zealand, ICC World Cup 2019: Bairstow a hundred leads to England at 305/8
CHESTER-LE-STREET: Jonny Bairstow he became the first Englishman to score consecutive hundreds in a World Cup before New Zealand retired to limit the hosts to 305 for eight on Wednesday.
Bairstow, who had defeated 111 against India in the previous England contest, got 106 balls of 99 balls to establish a solid platform in the game he must win.
Starters Jason Roy (60 of 61) and Bairstow were punished for the second consecutive game, sharing an entertaining 123-run stand after England opted to hit. Bairstow hit about 15 feet and six in his hit.
With England crossing to 194 for one in 31st place, it seemed that the home team would eliminate New Zealand from the game.
But, with the terrain getting slower as the tickets progressed, New Zealand struggled to return to the game at the back of some tight bowling.
Trent Boult (2/56) was again impressive and eliminated Joe Root (24) just at the right moment to trigger a mini-collapse that also led to the fall of the centurion Bairstow and the dangerous Jos Buttler (11), leaving England in 214 for four
Spinner Mitchell Santer, who opened the bowling alley, then removed the Ben Stokes form (11) to make it 248 for five.
The responsibility, then, was in Captain Eoin Morgan for proposing the late fireworks, but he also perished after scoring 42 of 40 balls.
Adil Rashid (16 of 12) and Liam Plunkett (15 not of 12) achieved some very necessary limits for his team to surpass 300.
Matt Henry (2/54) and James Neesham (2/41) also had an impressive bowling performance for New Zealand.
New Zealand received a blow before the start of the game, and it was discarded to the pacer Lockie Ferguson due to a lesion in the thigh. Tim Southee, playing his first game of the tournament, leaked 70 runs in nine starts.
The winner of the game qualifies for the semifinals.
For the record, England has never beaten New Zealand in a World Cup game since 1983.