Hosts England will be looking to seal a place in the semis against last edition's runners-up New Zealand during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at Durham on Wednesday. The three-time World Cup finalists who were criticised for their lacklustre performances in their two consecutive matches against Sri Lanka and reigning World Champions Australia respectively will be upbeat after their morale-boosting win over India by 31 runs on Sunday.
Coming back to the contest, there were two spectacular catches taken in both the innings. One was taken by Mitchell Santner while the other was taken by Jos Buttler. Both were stunning catches and were outstanding in their own right.
Santner took English skipper Eoin Morgan's catch in the 47th over which was bowled by Matt Henry. On the first delivery, Henry bowled a fuller one outside off stump and Morgan attempted a big shot. However, he wasnot able to time the ball well and it found the Kiwi all-rounder at short extra cover who took a flying catch to send the captain back to the pavilion. The video of Mitchell Santner's stunning catch was posted by ICC.
After Santner, it was wicket-keeper Jos Buttler's turn to showcase his brilliant athleticism behind the stumps during New Zealand's run chase. His moment arrived in the sixth over which was bowled by Jofra Archer. On the second delivery, he bowled a short delivery on Martin Guptill's body as the explosive opening batsman attempted a flick shot. Nonetheless, the ball made contact with his gloves and Buttler took an excellent diving one-handed catch as the Kiwis suffered an early setback in their big run chase. Even the video of this spectacular catch was posted by ICC.
Earlier Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow added 123 runs for the first wicket. Bairstow continued his impressive form from the match against India by scoring a second successive ton. He scored a 99-ball 106 as England finished at 305/8 in their 50 overs.
At the time of publishing this story, New Zealand were 171/8 after 40 overs.