Colin Munro was New Zealand's best batsman today © Getty Images
Colin Munro was New Zealand’s best batsman today © Getty Images

England claw their way back to restrict New Zealand to 153 for 8 in their 20 overs in the first semi-final against England at Delhi. Colin Munro top-scored for the Kiwis with 46. New Zealand started off in an aggressive fashion with Martin Guptill taking on the bowlers in the initial stages. He was on his way, but a rash shot from him saw him dismissed caught behind off David Willey for a quick-fire 15. Munro then walked in at No. 3. He has not been in particularly good form this tournament, but he showed his mettle in this innings, stitching a 74-run stand for the third wicket with Williamson. LIVE Scorecard: England vs New Zealand, ICC World T20 2016, semi-final 1 at Delhi

Williamson was sadly dismissed just when the partnership was looking to threaten. Moeen Ali ran back to complete a good catch of his own bowling. Corey Anderson came into bat ahead of Ross Taylor at No. 4. New Zealand were struggling to get quick runs and in pursuit of some quick runs, Munro holed out at third man after a top edge. Live Updates England vs New Zealand, ICC T20 World Cup 2016 ENG vs NZ, 1st semi-final match at Delhi

Taylor and Anderson took some time to get going and England had bounced back into the match. Spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen were getting through their overs quickly. The pacers has found their rhythm at this point making it difficult for the two new batsmen.

Anderson was looking aggressive, but Taylor as usual was looking to get his eye  in. But some excellent bowling from Chris Jordan in the latter stages kept him quiet. But he was dismissed after frustration got the better of him and he hit the ball straight to the man at cover. Luke Ronchi was the next to go, dismissed for just 3 as he was caught at long off of a low full toss from Ben Stokes in the 18th over. Anderson too was dismissed off the very next delivery and once again New Zealand had two new batsmen at the crease.

England pulled things back extremely well in the final 10 overs. New Zealand were cruising at 89 for 1 after 10 overs. They were eyeing a score close to 200, but England fought back extremely well to give themselves a chance to win. They chased 229 down against South Africa in the group stages and will back themselves to win the match from here.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand 153 for 8 in 20 Overs (Kane Williamson 32,Colin Munro 46; Ben Stokes 3 for 26, Moeen Ali 1 for 10) vs England


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(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)