Hosts England beat New Zealand by a comprehensive margin of 119 runs during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at Durham on Wednesday. By the virtue of this win, England also qualified for the semi-finals after a long wait of 27 years. The last time they had made it to the last four was way back in 1992 where they had finished as the runners-up.
There were a lot of standout moments in this contest as well. They included spectacular catches of Mitchell Santner and Joe Root of English skipper Eoin Morgan and Kiwi opener Martin Guptill respectively, Jonny Bairstow' s second consecutive century, etc. However, there was yet another moment which was rather an unfortunate one which involved New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.
It happened in the 16th over which was bowled by Mark Wood. On the very first delivery, Wood had bowled a fuller one on the middle stump to Ross Taylor who was on strike. The veteran batsman drew one back to the bowler as the ball faintly made contact with his hands, touched the fingers and hit the wickets at the non-strikers' end. The bowler appealed instantly and the matter was referred to the third umpire as Williamson was way short of his ground. The decision went in England's favour and New Zealand found themselves in deep trouble as their in-form skipper went back to the pavilion.
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.
In reply, New Zealand's run chase never got going as they lost wickets at regular intervals. They lost their top-order early and were reeling at 69/4. Only Tom Latham waged a lone battle for the Kiwis as he scored a 65-ball 57 which included five boundaries. Nonetheless, it was not enough as the 2015 World Cup finalists were bowled out for 186 with five overs to spare.