ICC Cricket World Cup : England and New Zealand register wins

England and New Zealand registered comfortable wins in their matches on Saturday. New Zealand outplayed Afghanistan by 7 wickets while England defeated Bangladesh by 106 runs.

England put on a big total with Roy’s 150

Match Summary :
England 386 for 6 (Roy 153, Buttler 64, Bairstow 51)
beat
Bangladesh 280 (Shakib 121, Stokes 3-23)
by 106 runs

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field first against England in the first match of the day at Cardiff. England got off to a brilliant start with openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow adding 128 runs for the opening partnership in 19.1 overs. Bairstow was caught by Mehidy Hasan off Mashrafe Mortaza. Roy on the other end kept on scoring runs before getting out to Mehidy Hasan. His innings of 153 runs came off 121 balls with 14 fours and 5 sixes.

Jos Butler continued his dream run as he smashed 64 runs off 44 balls with 2 fours and 4 sixes. Plunkett provided the late flourish with his 9 ball 27 towards the end along with Chris Woakes. Mohammad Saifuddin and Mehidy Hasan shared 2 wickets each for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh in reply lost both the openers Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal cheaply. Shakib along with Mushfiqur Rahim added 106 runs for third wicket before Mushfiqur was caught by Roy off Plukett for 44 runs. Shakib went on to complete his century before finally getting out on 121 runs.

Ben Stokes was the pick of the bowlers for England as he finished with the figures of 3-23. Jofra Archer finished with 3 wickets while Mark Wood bagged 2 wickets.

New Zealand outplay Afghanistan

Match Summary :
New Zealand 173 for 3 (Williamson 79* Taylor 48, Alam 3-45)
beat
Afghanistan 172 (Shahidi 59, Neesham 5-31, Ferguson 4-37)
by 7 wickets

In the second match, New Zealand comfortably defeated Afghanistan by 7 wickets. New Zealand restricted Afghanistan to 172 runs after winning the toss and elected to field first. Despite getting off to a brilliant start with openers adding 66 runs for the first wicket, Afghanistan lost the way and kept losing wickets after that.

James Neesham picked up 5 wickets while Lockie Ferguson bagged 4 wickets. Hashmatullah Shahidi was the top scorer for Afghanistan with 59 runs to his name. New Zealand chased down the target with 7 wickets in hand. Martin Guptill was out for first ball duck while Colin Munro made 22 runs. Skipper Kane Williamson remained unbeaten on 79 runs. Ross Taylor contributed 48 runs while Tom Latham remained unbeaten on 13 runs.

Aftab Alam picked up 3 wickets for Afghanistan.

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