England storm into semis of Champions Trophy

England were well beaten by New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup

England were well beaten by New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup

Former England batsman Ian Bell believes the Eoin Morgan-led side, who are the first team to enter the semi-finals of the ongoing Champions Trophy after their thumping win over New Zealand, are yet to play their best in the competition. England are sitting atop the Group A having won their opening game against Bangladesh by 8 wickets, whereas New Zealand are at No. 3 after rain washed out their clash against Australia.

In reply, New Zealand struggled to overcome the first over loss of Luke Ronchi for a golden duck and, although Kane Williamson struck an assured 87, his teammates were slowly picked off by England's impressive attack.

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

"I think that's one-day cricket - you have to be prepared to go round the park now and again and cherish these days when you come off with decent figures", the 26-year-old Ball said.

England play Australia in their final group game at Edgbaston on Saturday, knowing they could knock the Aussies out of the event. England lost Jason Roy early after batting first but a big stand between Alex Hales and Joe Root helped them rebuild the innings. "It's a must-win game and as a bowling unit we definitely need to take wickets".

Watch New Zealand take on Bangladesh in Group A of the ICC Champions Trophy, live on Sky Sports 2 from 10am on Friday.

"It's a bit frustrating, because we were getting a little bit of momentum with the bat".

"So to go into a game like that with no other attitude than winning is very important to us".

Kohli knows momentum can change quickly in one-day competitions, especially against a desperate Sri Lanka team looking to bounce back from defeat by South Africa in their opener. The trio weren't overly explosive with the bat but steadily added to the score, as the Black Caps couldn't find the wickets they desperately needed.

But just when it seemed the duo were in course to take New Zealand ahead, Williamson edged one to Root behind the stumps off the bowling of Mark Wood (1/32).

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