Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

NZ lose top wicket taker for England showdown

NZ lose top wicket taker for England showdown

"Winning a game like this, under the pressure we were under, can only stand us in good stead, potentially for the New Zealand game and hopefully after that", said Woakes.

Their bowling was also bolstered by the inclusion of Liam Plunkett who picked up three crucial wickets against India and dented the backbone of the famed Indian batting line-up.

Australia and India are the two sides to have confirmed slots in the semi-finals so far.

England will secure a spot in the semifinals by beating New Zealand in the northeast town of Chester-le-Street on Wednesday, ending a group-stage campaign in which the World Cup host has found itself in a perilous position. The only near-impossible manner in which India can't qualify for the semi-finals is if they lose both their matches terribly and the victor of Bangladesh vs Pakistan registers a thumping victory. "But I think if it does not happen it will disappointing, but we can look back at the three years knowing we've made a significant contribution to Pakistan cricket", the 51-year-old told during an exclusive interview in London.

Team India got defeated in their last match against the host England by 31 runs, while Bangladesh got better off Afghanistan by 62 runs in their most recent clash.

With four wins and three losses in eight matches, Pakistan are now at No. 5 on the points table. With the last week of the league stage upon us, expect getting a clearer picture of the Top Four teams which will qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament.

But right now, England and New Zealand's World Cup destiny is in their own hands.

New Zealand are now placed at the third spot in the points table with five wins and two losses from eight matches.

Win and England are definitely in the last four, probably against India back at Edgbaston next week, but lose their fourth game of this tournament and they are back in crisis mode desperately hoping Bangladesh beat Pakistan on Friday.

However, if New Zealand goes down to England by about to 212 runs, they then to beat Bangladesh by similar or higher margin. India has beat Pakistan every single time they have met in any World Cup and it will fun to watch the men-in-blue do it again.

India vs Pakistan cricket games have produced some unforgettable scenes on the playing field. We're in this situation because we haven't played consistently well enough. 'He's good to go, ' confirmed Morgan.

Paceman Mark Wood said: "To come across what feels like a crunch game against a huge nation and to put in a big performance was really pleasing". I think there's going to be a review (after the World Cup).

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