England Take Down New Zealand, March Into World T20 Finals

England become the first team to book a slot in the 2016 World T20 Finals.

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England’s Joe Root and Jos Buttler celebrate after beating New Zealand during the ICC T20 world cup Semi Final. (Photo: PTI)
Snapshot

New Zealand: 153 for eight in 20 overs (Colin Munro 46, Kane Williamson 32; Ben Stokes 3/26) lost to
England: 159 for three in 17.1 overs (Jason Roy 78, Jos Buttler 32 not out; Ish Sodhi 2/42) by 7 wickets

Opening batsman Jason Roy struck a career-best 78 as former champions England stormed into the World Twenty20 final with a 7 wicket victory over pre-tournament favourites New Zealand on Wednesday.

 Jason Roy raises his bat after scoring a half-century. (Photo: PTI)
Jason Roy raises his bat after scoring a half-century. (Photo: PTI)

Electing to field, England staged a strong comeback in the second half of New Zealand’s innings to restrict their opponents to a modest 153 for eight at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

Roy and Alex Hales (20) then provided a flying start to their reply and Jos Buttler smacked a six to seal semi-final victory with 17 balls to spare.

England, the 2010 champions, now meet the winners of Thursday’s match between India and West Indies on Sunday.

Roy launched England’s reply in emphatic style, smacking four boundaries off the first over by Corey Anderson.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson introduced spinner Mitchell Santner in the fifth over but a breakthrough still proved elusive.

Roy took 26 balls to bring up his maiden half-century in Twenty20 internationals as he put on 82 for the first wicket with Hales.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi gave the Kiwis hope by removing Roy and captain Eoin Morgan off successive deliveries but Buttler (32 not out) provided the fireworks and Joe Root (27 not out) the composure to fashion an easy win for England.

New Zealand batsman M Guptill leaves the ground after losing his wicket to David Willey. (Photo: PTI)
New Zealand batsman M Guptill leaves the ground after losing his wicket to David Willey. (Photo: PTI)

Earlier, New Zealand cruised to 89 for one after 10 overs before Morgan’s men rallied.

After dangerous opener Martin Guptill fell in the third over, Colin Munro (46) added 74 for the second wicket with Williamson (32) to lay the foundations for a big total.

England, however, applied the brakes with some disciplined bowling and tight fielding.

Anderson made 28 down the order but New Zealand eventually fell well short of the 175 total that looked reachable at the halfway stage.

Ben Stokes (3-26) was the pick of the England bowlers, again showing how good he is in the latter stages of an innings.

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