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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 1st semi-final match between England and New Zealand at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Wednesday. I am Kaustubh S. Mayekar, and I will bring you all the live scores and updates of this match. This match is all set to be an absolute thriller. Both teams are quite evenly-matched, with neither one having a clear and unquestionable advantage over the other. New Zealand have a considerably better bowling attack, but England has a potent batting line-up as well. Live Cricket Scorecard: England v New Zealand, T20 World Cup 2016, 1st Semi-Final at Delhi

Live cricket score update | England 159/3 | Overs 17.1 |Joe Root 27 (22), Joss Buttler 32 (17): SIX, Buttler finishes off in style, short ball pulled over cow corner. England win and qualify for the final of ICC World T20 2016! Match report: Jason Roy muscles England to 7-wicket win over New Zealand in semi-final 1 of T20 World Cup 2016 to qualify for final

Live cricket score update | England 153/3 | Overs 17 |Joe Root 27 (22), Joss Buttler 26 (16): Sodhi to continue. FOUR, reverse sweep by Joe Root, plays very fine. ONE, tossed up outside off, driven to deep cover. FOUR, short on middle stump, Buttler dissects deep square leg and deep mid-wicket. SIX, flighted, Buttler gets right under it and bludgeons over long on. SIX more, similar ball but scythes straight over the sight screen. England are in a hurry to finish!

Live cricket score update | England 131/3 | Overs 16 |Joe Root 22 (20), Joss Buttler 9 (12): Elliot back into the attack. ONE, slower one and wide, cut to deep point. ONE, flicked easily to cow corner. England in total control of the chase. DOT, nice and straight. England seem cautious. ONE, quick single to mid-wicket. FOUR, Buttler breaks the shackles, reverse-sweep past short third man. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | England 124/3 | Overs 15 |Joe Root 20 (17), Joss Buttler 4 (9): Santner to bowl his third over. ONE, eased down to long off. ONE, short of length, tucked away to fine leg. ONE, short outside off, flicked away to mid-wicket. DOT, nice and straight. DOT, cut straight to point. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | England 121/3 | Overs 14 |Joe Root 18 (15), Joss Buttler 3 (5): McClenaghan into the attack. ONE, driven to long off. DOT, off cutter on shorter side, Root could not get it away. ONE, slower ball again, worked to deep cover. DOT, pitched up on off, hit to extra cover. ONE, short ball, shimmy down the track, pulled to mid-wicket. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | England 117/3 | Overs 13 |Joe Root 16 (12), Joss Buttler 1 (2): Sodhi to continue. OUT, Sodhi provides crucial breakthrough, Roy departs, shimmies down the track and misses a straight delivery. OUT, LBW, captain Morgan goes for a duck. Ish Sodhi on a hat-trick. Jos Buttler the new batsman. DOT, full and wrong one outside off, Buttler defends with a dead bat. ONE, flicked away towards deep square leg. TWO, low full toss, flicked between cow corner and long one, well fielded by Guptill. FOUR, Root rocks back on the back foot and dissects deep square leg and deep mid-wicket.

Jason Roy b Sodhi 78

Eoin Morgan lbw b Sodhi 0

Live cricket score update | England 110/1 | Overs 12 |Joe Root 10 (10), Jason Roy 78 (43): Milne back into the attack. ONE, short just outside off, pulled to long on by Milne. ONE, back of length, opened the face of the bat, played past point. DOT, off cutter, Roy fails to make contact. ONE, full and straight, heaved to long on. FOUR, short of length, terrific pull shot between deep square leg and deep fine leg. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | England 103/1 | Overs 11 |Joe Root 5 (7), Jason Roy 76 (40): Sodhi back into the attack. ONE, worked to long on. ONE, driven to deep cover. England need not play any brash shot at this stage. ONE, in the air, just above the bowler’s head. ONE, squeezed to long off. ONE, short, slapped powerfully to long off. DOT to finish the over

Live cricket score update | England 98/1 | Overs 10 |Joe Root 3 (4), Jason Roy 73 (37), : Elliot to continue. ONE, punched to long on with ease. ONE, worked to deep mid-wicket. DOT, guided to short third man, Roy says no for a run. ONE, Root gives strike to Roy, smart batting. SIX, short of length on leg stump, pulled gracefully over deep fine leg. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | England 89/1 | Overs 9 |Joe Root 1 (1), Jason Roy 65 (34), : Santner to continue. THREE, heaved it past deep mid-wicket. OUT, tossed up on middle stump, Hales gets under it but holes out to long one. Can New Zealand make a comeback after the openers set the scoreboard on fire? Joe Root the new batsman. DOT, punched back to the bowler. FOUR, short again, pulled away to cow corner. Jason Roy has been unstoppable tonight! ONE, mistimed to mid-wicket.

Alex Hales c Munro b Santner 20 

Live cricket score update | England 79/0 | Overs 8 |Jason Roy 57 (30), Alex Hales 20 (18): Sixth bowling change. Elliot into the attack. DOT, back of the hand ball, Hales keeps it down. ONE, flicked to deep square leg. ONE, pushed in the are to cow corner. DOT, Hales shimmies down the track, play and a miss, Ronchi misses stumping chance. ONE, slower one cut top deep cover. ONE, powerfully pulled to cow corner.

Live cricket score update | England 75/0 | Overs 7 |Jason Roy 55 (28), Alex Hales 18 (14): Leggie Ish Sodhi into the attack. ONE, pushed to long on. 50 for Roy! DOT, nice and straight. ONE, googly on pads, tucked away to deep fine leg. FOUR, Roy reverse sweeps past point, his 10th four of the innings. ONE, mistimed to deep square leg. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | England 67/0 | Overs 6 |Jason Roy 49 (25), Alex Hales 16 (11): McClenaghan to continue. DOT, Roy shuffles a little, makes no contact, hits his thigh pad. ONE, quick single to mid on. ONE, slower ball on the shorter side, mistimed to fine leg. DOT, good slower ball, completely deceives Roy. FOUR, slower ball again, crisply pulled past deep square leg. ONE to finish the over,

Live cricket score update | England 60/0 | Overs 5 |Jason Roy 43 (20), Alex Hales 15 (10): Santner to bowl his first over. DOT, pushed to mid one. ONE, leg bye. FOUR, shimmy down the track, smashed over the bowler’s head. FOUR, straying down the leg side, goes past fine leg. WIDE, again misses his line. DOT, back of length, cramps Roy on the front foot. QUICK SINGLE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | England 49/0 | Overs 4 |Jason Roy 34 (16), Alex Hales 15 (8): Milne to continue. ONE, guided down to third man. DOT, beautiful straight drive, well stopped by Milne. ONE, driven to mid off. FOUR, body-line bowling, pulled to cow corner, no one stationed there, easy pickings for England. ONE, slower bowl, quick single to mid on. SIX, slower bouncer, slapped over long off, cleared boundary with ease and grace, unbelievable.

Live cricket score update | England 23/0 | Overs 3 |Jason Roy 27 (13), Alex Hales 9 (5): Another bowling change. Mitchell McClenaghan into the attack. DOT, back of length, tucked away to mid-wicket. ONE, flicked to deep square leg. TWO, mistimed short past mid-wicket, England going all guns blazing. SIX, off cutter, full length, Hales makes room, scythes over long on. ONE, slower bouncer pulled to deep square leg. FOUR, textbook cricket, straight down the ground.

Live cricket score update | England 23/0 | Overs 2 |Jason Roy 22 (13), Alex Hales 1 (1): Adam Milne to bowl the second over. ONE, back of length, tucked away to deep fine leg. DOT, seamed outside off, play and a miss. FOUR, Roy on fire, short and wide, Roy rocks back on the back foot and cuts past backward point. DOT, well-directed bouncer, Roy fails to connect it. TWO, short and wide again, in the air, backward point running behind it, falls short. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | England 16/0 | Overs 1 |Jason Roy 16 (6), Alex Hales 0 (0): Corey Anderson to open the bowling for New Zealand. Roy to take strike. DOT, peach of a delivery to start with, in-swinging delivery outside off, play and a miss. FOUR, short and wide, powerfully slapped past point. DOT, good length on off stump, Roy plays with a straight bat. FOUR, in-swiner short of length, shimmy down the track, inside edge raced away to boundary. FOUR, short and wide, outside edge, third man is up in the circle. FOUR, back of a length, dissected short man and backward point, class apart.

*England innings*

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 153/8 | Overs 20 | Grant Elliot 4* (6): Stokes to bowl the final over. DOT, slower ball, heave and a miss by Santner, change of pace working for England. OUT, off cutter outside off, Santner gets under it, lofts it straight to long off. ONE, back of length, Elliot tries to play on the up, play and a miss, New Zealand steal a single. ONE, Stoke deceives McClenaghan with a slower one, mistimes it to long on. ONE, good length on leg, Elliot fails to connect it, hits his thigh pads, quick single. OUT, yorker just outside off, New Zealand try to steal a single, Stokes aims it at the striker’s end, run out. New Zealand put up 154 runs on the board. Match report: England pull things back to restrict New Zealand to 153-8 in T20 World Cup 2016, 1st semi-final at Delhi

Mitchell Santner c Jordan b Stokes 7 

Mitchell McClenaghan run out 1

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 150/6 | Overs 19 |Mitchell Santner 7 (4), Grant Elliot 4 (4): Jordon to bowl his last over. ONE, yorker, squeezed to long on for one, good bowling by England in death overs. DOT, Elliot makes room, Jordon smartly bowls away from the batsman, Elliot lets it go. TWO, inside edge to deep fine leg. ONE, driven powerfully to deep cover. FOUR, lose delivery, juicy full toss outside off, Santner powers it to cover. SINGLE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 136/6 | Overs 18 |Mitchell Santner 1 (1), Grant Elliot 1 (1): Stokes to bowl. ONE, full on off stump, squeezed to mid on. TWO, off cutter, Ronchi hits past point, deep square stops the ball. OUT, another one bites the dust, low full toss, Ronchi tries to clear long off but holes out to David Willey. Grant Elliot the new batsman. OUT, New Zealand losing wickets in quick session, Anderson holes out a juicy full toss to long off. Stokes on a hat-trick! ONE, good yorker, Elliot plays it well to point. Santner the new batsman. SINGLTE to finish the over.

Luke Ronchi c Willey b Stokes 3

Corey Anderson c Jordan b Stokes 28

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 136/4 | Overs 17 |Luke ronchi 1 (1), Corey Anderson 27 (21): Jordon back into the attack. ONE, yorker outside off, squeezed to point. DOT, yorker, spot on, good bowling by Jordon. OUT, Taylor tries to whip it over extra cover but holes out to Eoin Morgan, his bad form continues. Luke Ronchi the next batsman. ONE, full length, inside out onto the pads. DOT, Anderson makes room, Jordon bowls wide outside off, play and a miss. SINGLE to finish the over.

Ross Taylor c Morgan b Jordan 6

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 133/3 | Overs 16 | Ross Taylor 6 (6), Corey Anderson 25 (18): DOT, cross-seam ball, back of length, Ross tucks it down. TWO, pulled away to deep mid-wicket, Willey dives to his left, saves two runs for his team, athletic. DOT, off-cutter outside off, play and a miss by Anderson. TWO, heaved over mid-wicket, good save by Jason Roy in the deep. SIX, juicy full toss, Anderson bludgeons it over cow corner. SINGLE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 121/3 | Overs 15 | Ross Taylor 3 (4), Corey Anderson 16 (14): Rashid to bowl his last over. WIDE, tossed outside off. ONE, leg-stump line again, squeezed for one. TWO, low full toss, flicked away past long on. ONE, googly on shorter side, flicked away to leg side. DOT, googly, peach of a delivery, inside edge onto the pads. ONE, tucked away to leg. FOUR, hit straight past the bowler.

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 111/3 | Overs 14 | Ross Taylor 1 (1), Corey Anderson 9 (11): Plunkett to continue. WIDE, not a good start.  DOT, short and wide, Munro lets it go, thinking it is wide. OUT, another one bites the dust, slower ball outside off, Munro powerfully heaves, gets top edge to third man, Moeen makes no mistake. Ross Taylor to continue. DOT, back of length, Anderson playes with a straight bat. TWO, tucked away to deep square leg. ONE, driven crisply to deep cover. SINGLE to finish the over.

Colin Munro c Ali b Plunkett 46

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 106/2 | Overs 13 | Colin Munro 46 (30), Corey Anderson 6 (8): Moeen to continue. DOT, back of length outside off, play and a miss. ONE, worked past mid-wicket. FOUR, short ball, Anderson makes room, slaps straight past the bowler. ONE, shimmy down the track, driven to long on. ONE to finish the over

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 99/2 | Overs 12 | Colin Munro 44 (27), Corey Anderson 1 (5): Rashid to continue from the other end. FOUR, switch hit smashed past point by Munro. ONE, worked past mid-wicket, good running. DOT, googly pitched outside leg, Munro keeps it down. DOT, flicked to fine leg. ONE. worked away to mid-wicket. SINGLE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 92/2 | Overs 11 | Colin Munro 38 (24), Corey Anderson 0 (0): Moeen Ali into the attack. ONE, driven to mid-wicket. ONE, back of length, punched of the back foot to long on by Munro. OUT, Moeen strikes in his first over, Williamson gets a leading edge, it was a skier, Moeen gets right under it, makes no mistake. Corey Anderson the new batsman. ONE, back of length on off stump, worked to long on. DOT, pushes Munro on the back foot. DOT to finish the over.

Kane Williamson c & b Ali 32

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 89/1 | Overs 10 | Colin Munro 36 (22), Kane Williamson 31 (26): Stokes to continue. FOUR, pitched full on leg, Munro clears his leg, inside edge and boundary. ONE, leg byes. ONE, slower bouncers, Williamson gets a top edge, falls in no man’s land. DOT, well-directed bouncer just outside off, Munro lets it go. FOUR, toe-crushing yorker, Munro gets inside edge again. WIDE, straying way down the leg side. DOT to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 78/1 | Overs 9 | Colin Munro 28 (17), Kane Williamson 30 (25): Rashid to continue. ONE, dances down the track, pushed it to long on. SIX, switch hit by Munro over deep cover. ONE, googly on shorter side, tucked away to deep mid-wicket. FOUR, short and wide, Williamson cuts to deep point. DOT, Williamson shimmies down the track, quicker one by Rashid. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 66/1 | Overs 8 | Colin Munro 21 (15), Kane Williamson 25 (21): Ben Stokes into the attack. ONE, guided down to third man. ONE, pulled away to deep mid-wicket. SIX, captain Kane scythes the first maximum of the night over long off, stand and deliver. ONE, tucked away for one on leg side.  ONE, slow bouncer, slapped it to deep cover. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 55/1 | Overs 7 | Colin Munro 19 (13), Kane Williamson 17 (17): Adil Rashid to bowl his first over. DOT, pitched up, hit straight to the bowler. ONE, flighted on middle stump, tucked away to fine leg.  ONE, googly on shorter side, punched to long on. DOT, tossed up, shimmy down the track, Willaimson plays with a straight bat. WIDE, skids down the leg side, appeal for stumping, Not Out says third umpire. DOT, tossed up on leg stump, leading edge to the bowler. ONE, pushed towards long off.

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 51/1 | Overs 6 | Colin Munro 18 (12), Kane Williamson 15 (12): Plunkett to continue. ONE, guided down to third man. FOUR, pitched up, Munro bludgeons it past the bowler. FOUR, back of length on leg, ugly heave, inside edge goes past fine leg. FOUR, similar delivery, this time Munro gets hold of it, gets underneath, smashes to deep square leg. DOT, change of pace, Munro couldn’t make contact. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 38/1 | Overs 5 | Colin Munro 6 (7), Kane Williamson 14 (11): Jordon to continue. DOT, pitches on leg, Munro tries to heave but  doesn’t contact. ONE + leg bye, short of length, no contact again, quick single. WIDE, short and way wide of off stump. DOT, in the corridor of uncertainty, Williamson plays with straight bat. FOUR, short down the leg side, pulled away past fine leg, Williamson won’t miss such strokes. DOT, back of length, Williamson keeps it down. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 31/1 | Overs 4 | Colin Munro 6 (5), Kane Williamson 9 (7): Liam Plunkett into the attack. ONE, pitches on leg, Williamson play uppish flick to fine leg, falls just short of Rashid. ONE, good length, tucked away to mid-wicket. DOT, cross seamer, back of length, edged but falls short of first slip. DOT, leg stump half volley, flicked past fine leg. DOT, seams away from Williamson, gets a leading edge. TWO, clipped away past mid-on

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 23/1 | Overs 3 | Colin Munro 2 (2), Kane Williamson 5 (4): Willey to continue. OUT, Guptill tries to make room and hit it over cover, edged and safely taken by the wicket-keeper, Willey draws first blood. Munro the next batsman. ONE, shimmy down the track, flicks it to deep square leg. ONE, good length on off, Williamson plays with a straight bat, takes a quick single. DOT, swing and a miss, swings late outside off, peach of a delivery by Willey. FOUR, Munro dances down the track and smashes it over mid, one bounce, two bounce and four. DOT to finish the over.

Guptill c Buttler b Willey 15

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 17/0 | Overs 2 | Martin Guptill 15 (11), Kane Williamson 1 (1): Chris Jordan to Guptill. DOT, short of length, ball stays low, swing and a miss. DOT, Guptill make room, Jordon follows him and bowl a body-line bouncer. DOT, short ball again, Guptill cautiously keeps it down. WIDE, straying down the leg side. DOT, short and wide, Guptill misses out, hits it to cover. FOUR, back of a length, Guptill crisply cuts past point, textbook stroke. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | New Zealand 11/0 | Overs 1 | Martin Guptill 10 (5), Kane Williamson 1 (1): David Willey to Martin Guptill. First semi-final of ICC World T20 2016 gets under way. FOUR, short and wide, Guptill powerfully cuts over point. DOT, slightly pitched up, hits the front pad, loud appeal for LBW, swinging down the leg side. ONE, good length swinging in, Guptill drives, quick run. ONE, back of length, flicked to deep square leg. FOUR, full and wide, Guptill whips it over cover. ONE to finish the over.

TOSS UPDATE: England win toss and elect to bowl first

This is the first time New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson lost the toss. Considering the Black Caps have not chased down a total in this edition of World T20, everyone expected Eoin Morgan to put England under the pressure of chasing. However, he has some other plans in place. Given they have chased down a mammoth 230-run target against South Africa, Morgan believes England will chase any score New Zealand puts of the scoreboard.

Playing XI:

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliot, Mitchell Santner, Luke Ronchi, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ish Sodhi

England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Liam Plunkett

Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill have been opening for New Zealand, but while Guptill has been in good form Williamson has been lacklustre. Sadly for the Black Caps, it is not only Williamson who has been in indifferent form. Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, and Corey Anderson have not done much either. Henry Nicholls got a game against Bangladesh but he failed to make an impression as well. New Zealand have been saved by their excellent bowling attack led by Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi. READ: England vs New Zealand, ICC T20 World Cup 2016, 1st Semi-Final: Life comes a full circle for ‘New’ England

On the other hand, England’s batting has looked good with Joe Root, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, and Eoin Morgan have been in decent nick with the bat. Moeen Ali and David Willey have made a few vital contributions down the order as well. It has been their bowling that has flattered to deceive. Willey has taken a few wickets, but he has also been quite expensive. The others like Ben Stokes, Moeen, Adil Rashid, and Chris Jordan have been on the expensive side as well. READ: England vs New Zealand, T20 World Cup 2016, 1st Semi-Final: Which team has the cricketer-for-cricketer advantage?

Squads:

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

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

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