England scripted a 87-run victory over New Zealand as their bowlers bowled the Kiwis for 223 runs. New Zealand required 311 runs for victory but the England attack choked them from all sides to clinch a fascinating win.
Earlier, England batsmen plummelled the New Zealand bowlers to all corners of the park and scored 310 in their allotted 50 overs. Jos Buttler, Joe Root and Ben Stokes played with elegance as they propelled the score past the 300 run-mark.
Hosts England had earlier beaten Bangladesh comprehensively in the tournament opener at Oval on June 1.
England is currently topping Group A with two points in their kitty. Meanwhile, New Zealand could garner just one point from their rain-hit encounter against Trans-Tasman rivals Australia.
England chased down an imposing 300 plus run target courtesy their batting lynchpin Joe Root scoring his tenth ODI century. Opener Alex Hales made a handsome contribution with a scintillating 95 run knock and captain Eoin Morgan chipped in with a quickfire 75 runs to power England's chase. On the other hand, New Zealand would consider themselves a touch unlucky as they were in a commanding position to the beat the Australians in their opener before rain played spoilsport.
ICC Champions Trophy: England vs New Zealand
Here are the match updates
# New Zealand lose last two wickets quickly and are bowled out for 223 runs. England win the match by 87 runs
# Corey Anderson is snapped up by Liam Plunkett, Kiwis lose 8th wicket
# New Zealand lose 7th wicket as Michael Santner falls.
# New Zealand surpass 200-run mark.
# Adil Rashid casts a web of spin as he scalps Neil Broom. New Zealand lose their 6th wicket
# Kiwis lose 5th wicket as Liam Plunkett strikes. James Neesham departs the scene
# New Zealand's fourth wicket goes as Ross Taylor becomes Jake Ball's victim
# New Zealand lose their third wicket as maverick batsman Kane Williamson falls. The score has surpassed the 150-run mark
# Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have struck a strong partnership and Williamson is inching towards a century
# Ben Stokes scalps Martin Guptill as Kiwis lose their second wicket
# Luke Ronchi is bowled by Jake ball as New Zealand lose their first wicket
# New Zealand begin their innings as Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi come out to bat
#The English seamers shall have to ball well and make regular breakthrough's to pull off a win
#The Black Caps shall fancy their chances on a decent batting wicket
#The Kiwis bowling unit has done well to bowl out England on a good batting strip
#England end up with 310 on the board at the end of 49.3 overs
#Liam Plunkett joins Butler at the crease
#England 260 for 7 as Santner scalps Rashid
#Buttler steps up the scoring rate with a couple of boundaries
#Corey Anderson scalps Ali
#Jos Butler and Ben Stokes look to rebuild England's innings
#Anderson strikes big, scalps lynchpin Root
# England surpass 150-run mark
# Joe Root hits half-century
# England lose 3rd wicket in the form of Eoin Morgan as Corey Anderson strikes
# England's 2nd wicket falls as Alex Hales is snapped by Adam Milne
# England surpass 100-run mark
# England lose 1st wicket in the form of Jason Roy.
# Trent Boult and Tim Southee to share the new ball for NZ
# England openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy come out in the middle
# 'There is more grass in this surface. It was under covers the entire day yesterday due to rain. It's a brown coloured pitch and the team winning the toss will bowl first. A heavy gale is blowing across and it will be a tough day for the layers' - reckons Nasser Hussain, in his pitch report.
# England has made one change. Rashid has come in place of the injured Chris Woakes
# England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball
# New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi(w), Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, James Neesham, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
# New Zealand have won the toss and opted to field first