England vs New Zealand, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Ben Stokes falls agonisingly short of 50, relive the blitz [Watch Video]

England v New Zealand, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Ben Stokes hit two sixes and four boundaries in his knock of 48 runs. A typical Stokes show, one may say

Ben Stokes is a name the cricketing fraternity is aware of because of his ability to use the long handle effectively. Ben Stokes is coming into the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in red hot form after a good Indian Premier League. England are playing New Zealand today, a match that is important for both the teams. New Zealand won the toss and invited the hosts to bat. England were off to a decent start before England lost Jason Roy but Joe Root, who too is in rollicking form joined Alex Hales another player who is in good touch. They strung together a healthy partnership of 81 runs before Hales departed.

But the event that we are focusing on is Ben Stokes innings of 48 and how he fell agonisingly short of a fifty. Stokes came in after Eoin Morgan departed for 13 when the score was 134 in the 25th over. England were looking to get a partnership going but Ben Stokes had other plans in mind. He went after the Kiwi attack but what was good to see was that he was selective with his shots and showed patience which was a problem with him in the past. He hit two sixes and four boundaries. A typical Stokes  show, one may say!

He finally departed in attempting to play top-edge the ball over third man only to find Milne in the deep, he was out for 48 off 53 balls. As we speak, England are 278 in 46 overs.