The latter soon made up for his swift departure with an instant result in the opening over of the New Zealand innings. Luke Ronchi barely had time to take his stance as Ball knocked his stumps over on Ronchi's first delivery.
Chasing 311 to win, New Zealand got off to a terrible start as opener Luke Ronchi was clean bowled by Jake Ball for a golden duck on the fourth ball of the innings.
Chasing a hard target of 311, New Zealand's three top-order batsmen steered their team to 158 in 31st over but as soon their captain Kane Williamson made an exit after a brilliant knock of 87, the their collapse begun as the team lost the remaining seven wickets for just 65 runs.
Then came in skipper Kane Williamson (87 off 98 balls) and he showed intent.
It means they can afford to lose their final group match, against Australia on Saturday, and still qualify for the last four.
It was a much-improved showing on what was served up against New Zealand last Friday and Smith said he was relishing the opportunity to unleash them on England's powerful batting line-up.
In an all-round display from the England side, four of the batsmen made scores in excess of 48, while all five bowlers used took at least one wicket.
The hosts had Liam Plunkett to thank for his 4/55 in 9.3 overs while Jake Ball and Adil Rashid picked up two wickets each. "But the fact that we're still trying to win games with the bat, regardless of the situation that we're in, I think is testament to the team", said England captain Eoin Morgan, who was out for 13.
Does Trump Believe In Climate Change? The White House's Lips Are Sealed
Trump last week rejected the Paris climate change agreement, calling it "unfair at the highest level to the United States ". Protests against President Trump's decision to pull the US out of Paris accord.
Thailand Open | Saina Nehwal and Sai Praneeth book semi-final berths
The fourth seeded Christie registered 21-9, 21-18 win over Malaysia's Joo Ven Soong in the other semi-final match . Saina Nehwal too books a berth in the semis after she won a tough battle against Japanese shuttler Haruko Suzuki.
Gov. Scott Says He Will Sign Budget, Call Special Session
School superintendents, parent-teacher groups and the state's teacher union have been calling on Scott to veto the bill. The extra education spending will also make it possible to open more charter schools, a Scott priority.
Wood produced a superb delivery that Williamson, seemingly on course for a second successive century after his hundred in the Black Caps' rain-ruined no result opener against Australia, could only glove to diving wicket-keeper Buttler.
Magnificent maximums! WATCH a compilation of England's sixes in their win over New Zealand_!
England's bowling wasn't the best in the first match against Bangladesh, but it will need to be against the Kiwis, or else that semifinal spot will have to wait.
"I think we can", he said, referencing England's victory over South Africa in Leeds two days after the first attack at the Manchester Arena last month.
Hales and Root shared 81-run stand for the second and scored fifties each to set the platform for a big score.
Taylor followed suit, picking out Joe Root at midwicket off Ball's bowling and James Neesham (18), Neil Broom (11), Mitchell Santner (3) Corey Anderson (10), Adam Milne (10) and Tim Southee (2) could only muster 55 runs together which was not enough.