World T20 England vs New Zealand, as it happened: Stokes, Roy shine as England thump New Zealand to enter final

  • Jason Roy is named the Man of the Match.

  • That's it! England win by 7 wickets. They cruise into the final of World T20

    Root finishes it off in style with a thumping six over deep mid-wicket. What a comprehensive win for them.  Last time they won the semi-final, they went on to win the tournament, in 2010.

  • After 17 overs,England 153/3 ( Joe Root 27 , Jos Buttler 26)

    They want to finish this off as soon as possible now. Root reverse sweeps one fine for four. Buttler then pulls a short one through square leg for four and then smashes the next ball straight back over Sodhi's head for a six and then again follows up with the same shot. 22 runs off the over. 1 needed off 18 now. 

  • After 16 overs,England 131/3 ( Joe Root 22 , Jos Buttler 9)

    Buttler hits a pressure releasing four in that over. After three singles off the first four balls, Buttler reverse sweeps one through backward point for four. 7 runs off the over. 23 needed off 24 balls.

  • After 15 overs,England 124/3 ( Joe Root 20 , Jos Buttler 4)

    A lovely over from Santner. He varied his pace really well. Just three runs off it. He got a bit of drift too. Just 3 runs off the over.

  • Santner into the attack now.

  • After 14 overs,England 121/3 ( Joe Root 18 , Jos Buttler 3)

    Sensible from England. Dealing in singles. 4 runs off the over. Still less than run a ball required. 33 needed off 36.

  • McClenaghan back on.

  • After 13 overs, England 117/3 ( Joe Root 16 , Jos Buttler 1)

    A successful over for New Zealand. Sodhi got the wickets of Roy and Morgan but Sodhi ends the over poorly with a short delivery which is put away through mid-wicket for a four by Root. 7 runs and a wicket off it. 37 needed off 42

  • Double blow for England! 

    Roy and Morgan depart off consecutive balls.  Roy charges down the track and looks to turn it to the leg side but is done in by the away turn. He misses, the ball hits his pads and rolls onto the stumps.

    Sodhi then bowls it full on middle, it spins back in a touch. Morgan comes forward and looks to flick but misses, they got up in a huge LBW shout and the umpire raises his finger. 

    Buttler defends the hat-trick ball solidly.

  • After 12 overs,England 110/1 ( Jason Roy 78 , Joe Root 10)

    Root getting into the act. After three singles from four balls, Root pulls one behind square leg for an excellently placed four.  7 runs off the over. 

  • Milne back on....

  • After 11 overs,England 103/1 ( Jason Roy 76 , Joe Root 5)

    A decent over from Sodhi. 100 up from England. They are cruising. Roy is on 76 off 40 balls. Root is playing sensibly and is on 5 from 7. England don't need to do anything extraordinary and hence silly here. 51 needed off 54. 

  • Sodhi back on....

  • After 10 overs,England 98/1 ( Jason Roy 73 , Joe Root 3)

    Jason Roy is in altogether different zone. After three singles off first four balls, he hammers one over deep square leg for six. A single off the last ball makes it 10 runs from the over.  They need less than a run a ball. 56 needed off 60. England need more than a wicket as soon as possible.

  • After 9 overs, England 88/1 ( Jason Roy 65 , Joe Root 1)

    Hales is gone but that hasn't affected Roy. He swats the first ball through mid-wicket but then Santner gets Hales off the next ball. Roy than smashes a pull through mid-wicket for a four. Two more singles make it 9 runs off the over.  66 needed off 66 now.

  • OUT! Hales holes out. Santner finally gets the much-needed wicket. A Hales c Munro b Santner 20 (19b 1x4 1x6)

    Hales stays in his crease and looks to go downtown, doesn't connect it well and helps it straight into the hands of Munro at long on. 

    Joe Root is the new batsman.

  • After 8 overs, England 79/0 ( Jason Roy 57 , Alex Hales 20)

    Hales gets a lifeline in that over. Ronchi misses his stumping. Haler uses his feet and looks to heave but misses, Ronchi fumbles and doesn't collect it. Hales gets time to get back in. A good over from Elliott, just four runs off it. He was unlucky though. 

  • After 7 overs, England 75/0 ( Jason Roy 55 , Alex Hales 18)

    Roy now takes the audacious route. Reverse sweeps one powerfully through point for four. Four more singles in the over make it 8 runs off the over. None of the New Zealand tricks working. 

  • Ish Sodhi into the attack now.

  • FIFTY for Roy! Brilliant innings. It's his maiden fifty, he gets it off 26 balls. 9 fours and one six in his innings so far. Second fastest fifty by an England batsman.

  • After 6 overs,England 67/0 ( Jason Roy 49 , Alex Hales 16)

    Roy is looking in imperious touch. He pulls one powerfully through mid-wicket for four. Three more singles make it 7 runs off the over.  Roy has moved on to 49 now. 

  • Change of ends for McClenaghan 

  • After 5 overs, England 60/0 ( Jason Roy 43 , Alex Hales 15)

    Spinner into the attack but it doesn't matter to Roy. Nothing's working for New Zealand it seems. He gives himself room and smashes one to long on for four and then sweeps one wide of short fine leg fielder for consecutive fours. 11 runs off the over.  The 50 stand has come up. Excellent start for England.

  • Spin for the first time. Mitchell Santner into the attack now.

  • After 4 overs,England 49/0 ( Jason Roy 34 , Alex Hales 15)

    England are going berserk. Hales hammers a pull through mid-wicket for four and then Roy plays an outrageous shot as he spanks a slap over long off for six. 13 runs off the over. New Zealand need to bring on spinners now. 

  • After 3 overs,England 36/0 ( Jason Roy 27 , Alex Hales 9)

    Hales joins the party. After two singles off the first three balls, Hales clobbers one over long on for a six. Roy then creams a straight drive for a four to make it 13 runs off the over. England are off to a flier here. 

  • Mithell McClenaghan into the attack now.

  • After 2 overs, England 23/0 ( Jason Roy 22 , Alex Hales 1)

    Roy is looking in good touch. He smashes one through point for four. Then looks to go over point again but gets an outside edge just over the fielderfor a couple. He then looks to whip one through the leg side but misses and gets hit on the pads. 7 runs off the over.

  • Adam Milne will bowl from the other end.

  • After 1 overs, England 16/0 ( Jason Roy 16 , Alex Hales 0)

    A lively start to the England innings just like the New Zealand one. Anderson beats Roy's outside edge with a lovely outswinger but then drifts the next one wide, Roy smashes it through point for four. He then charges down the track for a heave next ball but gets an inside edge to fine leg for a streaky four. Another edge off the next ball, an outside edge between the keeper and short third man for another streaky four and Roy then places one through backward point for a brilliantly timed four. Three consecutive fours to end the over. 16 runs off the first over.

  • Right! Back for the chase. Jason Roy and Alex Hales are the openers. Corey Anderson will start off proceedings.

New Delhi, India: England hope in-form batsman Joe Root and "home" advantage can make the difference against undefeated New Zealand in the first World Twenty20 semi-final on Wednesday.

Eoin Morgan's team will be playing their third match in a row in New Delhi, but for the nomadic Black Caps it will be their fifth different venue in five tournament matches.

"We have become quite settled in Delhi," Morgan said at a pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

"We have got fantastic support, a fantastic following and actually we have grown used to the pitch a lot more than probably the first game that we were here."

Despite having to adapt to so many different surfaces, New Zealand's formidable spin attack has so far thrived in Indian conditions.

Joe Root. AP

Joe Root. AP

The Kiwis have won the toss, batted first and used their spin bowlers to great effect to defend totals in all four of their group matches.

But Root has also shown his class on different pitches in the tournament, enhancing his reputation as one of the game's classiest acts.

"Root is a class player and he is one of the best around in all three formats of the game at the moment," allrounder Ben Stokes said of his 25-year-old team-mate.

Only India's Virat Kohli of all the players to reach the semi-finals has scored more runs than Root's 168, which included a match-winning 83 against South Africa.

His knock against the Proteas fired England to a successful record chase of 230 and got their bid for a second World T20 title back on track after an opening-match defeat to the West Indies.

The 2010 champions then squeaked past minnows Afghanistan and defending champions Sri Lanka to finish second in Group One on six points behind the West Indies.

English 'character'

England were reduced to 85 for 7 against Afghanistan before eventually winning by 15 runs and then Angelo Mathews' valiant 73 almost saw England come unstuck in  a nervous 10-run triumph over Sri Lanka.

Morgan said he expected another "tough game of cricket" but that the earlier matches had shown his team would not buckle under pressure.

"I think it shows the amount of character that we have within the group," he said.

Morgan said that while he felt excited, he did not feel as if he was on the verge of a world cup final.

"We are not getting too far ahead of ourselves as we have got a really tough game against a strong New Zealand side," he said.

"They've probably played the best cricket so far in the group stages and we're going to have to come up with a very strong game of cricket tomorrow to beatNew Zealand."

New Zealand, who were unfancied coming into the tournament following the retirement of former captain Brendon McCullum, have yet to put a foot wrong on their travels since stunning favourites India in their first game.

Captain Kane Williamson has deployed his spinners to supreme effect as the Kiwis became the only side to progress unbeaten from the Super 10 stage, despite a schedule that took them to Nagpur, Dharamsala, Mohali and Kolkata.

"We have done a lot of travel but the boys have been great and have embraced the schedule and the pitches," said Williamson, 25.

Spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi have shared 17 wickets as their two most experienced pacemen -- Tim Southee and Trent Boult -- warmed the substitutes' bench.

Teams

England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor

AFP



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115