England stormed into the final of the World T20 with a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over New Zealand, riding on opener Jason Roy’s blazing 78. (Jason Roy Steers England Into Final)
Chasing 154 for victory, England rode on a brisk 82-run partnership between Roy and Alex Hales to canter home in 17.1 overs after the bowlers had restricted the unbeaten Kiwis to 153 for eight. (Morgan Lauds England’s ‘Aggressive Brand of Cricket’)
New Zealand put into bat, got off to a flyer courtesy Colin Munro. Having lost Martin Guptill early, Munro and captain Kane Williamson added 78 runs off 50 balls to put their on way to a big score.
However, an impressive spell of death bowling by the English, saw New Zealand restricted to 154 for eight.
It was then turn of right-handed Roy to pulverise a potent Black Caps attack into submission with a superlative 78 off 44 balls.
Roy rose to the occasion, smashing four boundaries in the very first over against Corey Anderson to set the tone for what turned out to be a perfect chase for the 2010 champions.
New Zealand’s bowlers, who had shone in the team’s unbeaten run to the semis, were at the receiving end of some brutal hitting that kept the packed house at Feroz Shah Kotla entertained.
Joe Root (27 not out) and Jost Buttler (32 not out) finished the match off in only 17.1 overs.