Alastair Cook is relieved as England narrowly beat New Zealand
England captain Alastair Cook was a relieved man after seeing his side scrap out a victory over New Zealand in Cardiff.
Last Updated: 17/06/13 8:36am
The hosts held their nerve to secure a 10-run win and book their place in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy.
Cook, who was named man of the match after his 64 helped England score 169 all out in a match reduced to 24 overs per side, admitted the 73-run sixth-wicket stand between Black Caps duo Kane Williamson (67) and Corey Anderson (30) had caused a few flutters for England.
"It was quite a stressful day, especially those last few overs," Cook said on Sky Sports 1.
"I always felt we were just above the rate and going nicely with the ball, but that was a very good partnership between Anderson and Williamson so luckily we got over the line."
Cook had praise for his bowlers but also felt it was a good all-round display from England at the SWALEC Stadium.
"We were very good in the field today and I thought we were pretty good with the bat as well," Cook added.
"Perhaps 10 runs short after the position we got in, we were looking at 180, but 170 was still a good score.
"We're just very happy to be in the semi-finals after what's been quite a long day. We're glad we got the opportunity to try and win and try and keep it in our hands and that was a very good performance from the lads."