Jason Roy was in blistering form today © Getty Images
Jason Roy was in blistering form today © Getty Images

A blistering innings from Jason Roy ensured England beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2016 and book their place in the final of the tournament. They will face the winner of the match between India and West Indies, scheduled to be played at Mumbai on Thursday. Roy made his intentions clear from the second delivery of the innings, when he hit Corey Anderson to the point fence. He was on his way and never looked back from there. Alex Hales at the other end was looking to give the strike back to Roy, but managed to hit a few hefty blows himself. Full Scorecard: England vs New Zealand, ICC World T20 2016, semi-final 1 at Delhi

New Zealand however got their first breakthrough in the ninth over, when Hales mistimed a delivery from Santner and holed out at long on. Joe Root came in at No. 3. England needed just about run-a-ball at this stage, but that did not stop Roy from going for the big shots. He was eventually cleaned up by Ish Sodhi in the 13th over, bringing an end to a magnificent innings of 78 off 44. Full Updates England vs New Zealand, ICC T20 World Cup 2016 ENG vs NZ, 1st semi-final match at Delhi

New Zealand had a glimmer of hope when Sodhi removed Eoin Morgan off  the very next delivery, but Jos Buttler came out and blocked the hat-trick delivery. England went on at a slow rate from there but they were well ahead of the required run rate and found no trouble in getting the remaining runs.

Earlier, England clawed their way back to restrict New Zealand to 153 for 8 in their 20 overs. 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.

England pulled things back extremely well in the final 10 overs. New Zealand were cruising at 89 for 1 after 10 overs. England had won the toss and elected to bowl first. This will be England’s second appearance in a World T20 final after having beaten Australia in the final in 2010.

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) lost to England 159 for 3 in 17.1 Overs ( Jason Roy 78, Joe Root 32*; Ish Sodhi 2 for 42) by 7 wickets.

Man of the match: Jason Roy

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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)