Jason Roy’s 78 from 44 balls powered England to their second ICC World T20 final, by defeating New Zealand by 7 wickets in the first semi-final played at Delhi’s Firoz Shah Kotla Stadium, and thus, shattering the dreams of the Kiwis to make to their first ever World T2o final till date.
Batting first, New Zealand posted 153-8 from their 20 overs. Colin Munro scored the highest 46(32). Skipper Kane Williamson played a knock of 32(28) and Corey Anderson scored 28(23). Earlier, Martin Guptill failed to provide the momentum and the flow to the team, and fell for 15(13). While, Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, Grant Elloitt, Mitchell Santner scored 6(8), 3 (3), 4(6), 7(6) and 1 run respectively.
Ben stokes proved to be bowler of worth for England, and took 3 wickets, and restricted the black caps to 153 for the loss of 8 wickets. Opener Jason Roy set the pace and the foundation for the English team, as he tore apart their bowling attack ruthlessly, while chasing a modest total, as their run rate was running high up in the sky around 10 runs per over.
The Kiwis bowlers looked hapless on a big day for a big match. Alex hales was caught by Munro in the 8th over of the innings, in Santner’s over for 20(19) balls. However, Ish Sodhi who created magic against India, made an attempt to do something special by claiming Roy’s precious wicket at 78(44). In the very next ball of his over, Sodhi dismissed Eoin Morgan for a duck. But it was too late for the Kiwis to create a miracle as they had lost the chances of making to the finals, as their bowlers failed to provide the breakthrough, even after a continues winning streak in the group stage.
This match tempts me to recall, India’s campaign in the ICC World Cup 2015, where they lost to the mighty Australia, after a continuous winning streak in the group stages.