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Half-tons of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow make England better
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Half-tons of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow make England better

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Half centuries by the openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have given solid base for England in the crucial fight against New Zealand in the World Cup cricket at Riverside Ground. England score is now 161 for 1.

In a batting pitch, England decided to bat first after won the toss. For England, openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bistrow could build a partnership together. Later, Jason Roy was caught by Mitchell Santner off Jame Neesham when his score reached at 60. Jason's half-century includes eight boundaries.

For England, this match is do-or-die battle as only a win can safeguard a semi final berth for them. Cricket lovers are looking forward to the result of England vs New Zealand clash as it will decide the future of Pakistan. If New Zeland win, Pakistan will have a hope to enter into the semifinals.

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka's semi-final qualification hopes are already over. In Pakistan's case, even a defeat for New Zealand might not be the end for Sarfaraz Ahmed's men.

As for the current standings, New Zealand and England occupy the third and fourth spot respectively. The Kiwis (11) are a point ahead of the hosts (10) after 8 matches while the Englishmen are in need of just one point to seal their progression, thanks to their healthy Net Run Rate. Australia and India, meanwhile, are the two sides who have sealed their fate already.

The ideal scenario for Pakistan would be that England loses to New Zealand and a victory against Bangladesh in their final league match. Pakistan, which are presently on 9 points from 8 games, would hence go on to topple England and claim the 4th spot. If that doesn't happen, however, the chances of qualification become incredibly tricky.