Rain dance threatens to upstage Champions Trophy


Jake Ball, a disappointment in England's opening day win over Bangladesh, set the tone for England when he removed the unsafe Luke Ronchi in the first over of New Zealand's response.

New Zealand lost their first wicket just four balls into their innings when Luke Ronchi was clean bowled for a golden duck by Ball. For NZ, skipper Kane Williamson top scored with 87. He struck up a good partnership with Ross Taylor and scored 87 crucial runs.

England have now assured themselves of a return to Cardiff for a June 14 semi-final against the runners-up in Group B, regardless of the result of their final pool match against arch-rivals Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday.

In reply, New Zealand looked on course for a successful run chase when they reached 158-2 after 30 overs but crafty bowling from England saw the pre-tournament favourites bowl their opponents out for 223.

New Zealand was never really in the hunt, with Kane Williamson's 87 the only shining light as the Kiwis were bowled out for 223, with Liam Plunkett claiming four wickets.

- If New Zealand win and Australia-England match gets washed out, New Zealand will qualify for the semi-final only if they convert their negative run-rate into positive.

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The England captain admits it was "men against boys" when England were trounced by the Kiwis in their last meeting at a global one-day worldwide tournament.

Wood produced a superb delivery that Williamson, seemingly on course for a second successive century after his hundred in the Black Caps' rain-ruined no result opener against Australia, could only glove to diving wicket-keeper Buttler.

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Sam Billings (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Jake Ball, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Mark Wood, Steven Finn.

Coming in at No.3 for England, Joe Root played a similar role for England with an unbeaten 133 in their eight-wicket win over Bangladesh.

· England and New Zealand have faced off twice previously in the Champions Trophy; the Black Caps taking the spoils in the 2009 edition (four wickets) whilst England won the most recent encounter in the competition (10 run victory in 2013). Earlier sent into bat, Root continued his good form and followed up his 133 not out against Bangladesh with another fine knock and with Hales put on 81 runs for the second wicket to set the base for.

Milne and Anderson picked up three wickets apiece, while Tim Southee snapped up two, and Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner chipped in with one wicket apiece. In terms of head-to-head, New Zealand holds the advantage with 41 wins against England's 36 wins.