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ICC World Twenty20 2016

First men's semi-final

  • England beat New Zealand by seven wickets with 17 balls to spare at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi
  • Chasing 174 for victory, opener Jason Roy hit 78 from 44 balls for his first T20 international half-century
  • Jos Buttler sealed an impressive win with three sixes from the final four deliveries en route to 32* that came after a brief wobble when Ish Sodhi claimed two wickets in as many deliveries
  • Alex Hales added 20 and Joe Root chipped in with 27*, while Eoin Morgan was dismissed lbw for a first-ball duck
  • The Black Caps had initially reached 153-8, with Colin Munro hitting 46
  • Kane Williamson scored 32 and Corey Anderson had 28 but their innings was stifled by excellent bowling from Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes, the latter finishing with figures of three for 26
Jos Buttler
Joe Root embraces match-winner Jos Buttler following England's impressive seven-wicket win in Delhi AFP

That is all from us for now, but you can catch up with the latest social media reaction to England's win here. We will be back at the same time tomorrow to bring you live coverage of the second men's semi-final between India and the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Until then, goodnight.

No prizes for guessing who scooped the ICC's man of the match award tonight. A fine knock from Roy, who had never reached 50 in his previous 12 T20 internationals since debuting against India in Birmingham back in September 2014. He will remember this one for some time.


For the second time in nine years, England advance through to the final. The 2010 winners, who failed to even get out of the group stage at last year's 50-over World Cup, have made great strides in white ball cricket over recent months and will now face either hosts India or the West Indies at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Some excellent bowling from the likes of Chris Jordan and especially Ben Stokes really thwarted the New Zealand innings and Jason Roy's 44-ball 78 - which included 11 fours and two sixes - set them on their way to a surprisingly comfortable win over the tournament's only unbeaten side. Alex Hales chipped in with 20, Joe Root added 27 and Jos Buttler blasted 32 off 17 in a truly stylish finish.

Jason Roy

With confidence flowing through his veins, Buttler seals an impressive victory with 17 balls to spare by smashing Santner over deep mid-wicket for another six. England are safely through to Sunday's final.

England advance to the final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 following a seven-wicket win over New Zealand

17th over - England 153-3

Another reverse-sweep leads to a boundary, this time it's Root who punishes Sodhi past third man. Not to be outshone, Buttler then whacks a short ball away for four and two consecutive sixes mean that England now require just two from 19 deliveries.

Magnificent batting from the Lancashire man, who is in a hurry to get this match wrapped up.

16th over - England 131-3

Three further singles are taken and a cunning reverse-sweep from Buttler races away to the fence. Last delivery is a dot.

Elliot back into the attack...

15th over - England 124-3

Plenty of singles on offer here with three taken from the first three deliveries of Santner's latest over. He then forces Buttler to defend before a shot to the off-side yields no runs. Another dot ball means just three for England.

14th over - England 121-3

McClenaghan frustrates by only conceding two singles each to Buttler and Root, but New Zealand are really getting to the stage now where only wickets will do if they are to have any hope of reaching Sunday's final in Kolkata.

13th over - England 117-3

New man Buttler defends well and there is no hat-trick. He grabs a single as Root runs for two and then pulls a poor delivery through deep mid-wicket for four.

37 needed from 42 balls. Surely England are not going to blow this?!

Roy's swashbuckling innings comes to an end at 78 from 44 when he tries to attack down the ground but is undone and bowled. Sodhi then sets himself up for a hat-trick by trapping Morgan plumb lbw for a first-ball duck.

Have New Zealand given themselves a chance?

Wicket - Morgan (0) lbw Sodhi (England 110-3)

Wicket - Roy (78) b Sodhi (England 110-2)

12th over - England 110-1

Another single each before a swing and a miss from Roy. He nicks one more and Root produces his opening boundary with a well-timed four through the leg-side.

11th over - England 103-1

Roy notches a quick single to the leg-side and Root adds another to take England to 100. Three more singles and a dot ball follow from a good Sodhi over.

10th over - England 98-1

Two more for Root and another single for Roy. The Durban-born Surrey man then slaps away to the boundary with a ball that is eventually confirmed as a six after a quick video check. One more run to move Roy on to 73 from 37.

Ninth over - England 88-1

Roy bludgeons another four past mid-wicket. He then collects a single and Root is off and running with one from his first delivery.

After Roy picks up three runs from the opening delivery of the ninth over, New Zealand finally make their first breakthrough when Hales attempts a big drive down the ground off Santner but undercooks it straight to Munro.

That will bring key man Joe Root to the crease...

Wicket - Hales (20) c Munro b Santner (England 82-1)

Eighth over - England 79-0

Better from Elliot as he restricts Roy and Hales to just two runs each from the over.

Elliot takes over from McClenaghan. Can he be the man to break up this destructive pairing?

Seventh over - England 75-0

A single from Roy brings up his maiden T20 international half-century. He celebrates the milestone with a reverse-sweep that drifts away for four.

Sodhi comes into the attack as Williamson throws everything at this blistering opening partnership. They need to find a wicket and fast.

Sixth over - England 67-0

McClenaghan begins the sixth over well, giving up just two runs before Hales dispatches a short ball for four. Roy pulls for a single and England keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Fifth over - England 60-0

A leg bye takes this valuable opening partnership to 50 from 26 deliveries. Two more fours follow from the assured Roy, who punishes Santner down the ground and through fine leg. The last three balls of the over read wide, dot and a single for Roy.

England will face their first over of spin now as Santner, who has impressed throughout the tournament so far, is given the call.

Fourth over - England 49-0

A single apiece for the England duo is followed by Hales crashing for four through deep mid-wicket. A slower yorker from Milne yields a single and Roy then thumps a huge six over long-off.

It's raining boundaries in Delhi.

Third over - England 36-0

A promising start from McClenaghan yielding just two runs is ruined by Hales, who launches a cutter high and beyond long-on for six. The Nottinghamshire opener then nicks a single before Roy helps himself to yet another boundary with a typically confident four down the ground.

He looks in fine fettle.

McClenaghan replaces Anderson in the New Zealand attack. No spinners as of yet as Williamson utilises his pacemen.

Second over - England 23-0

Hales gets off the mark with a single before Roy notches his fifth four of the innings already with a late cut shot that finds the gap at deep backward point perfectly. He then tries to swipe over cover and breathes a sigh of relief as the ball lands safely beyond the reach of two chasing fielders in the deep. Seven from the over.

Lightening quick right-armer Milne is next up for the Black Caps.

First over - England 16-0

An excellent first dot ball from Anderson turns back in and causes problems for Roy, who responds by firing a short and wide delivery away through cover for four. His second and third boundaries are fortunate as two edges race away to the fence, while his fourth is cut away nicely.

What a start for England.

England openers Roy and Hales make their way to the middle. Left-arm quick Anderson to bowl first.

Pakistan endured a miserable tournament, exiting at the Super 10 stage with just one victory from their four matches. Head coach Waqar Younis has come in for inevitable criticism over recent days and you can read his response to that here.

You can also read more on the news that India's Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of tomorrow's semi-final meeting with West Indies and the rest of the tournament due to an ankle injury.

While we wait for England to begin their chase, why not check out Harcharan Chandhoke's excellent take on the T20 World Cup and its reflection on Indian society here.

So New Zealand set England a target of 154 for victory. Their innings began with much purpose, but stalled badly towards the end courtesy of some excellent work from Stokes and Jordan in particular.

The Black Caps proved their prowess when it comes to defending totals throughout the Super 10 phase, but can they do it again here?

Ben Stokes

20th over - New Zealand 153-8

Stokes gives up a bye before a quick single from McClenaghan. One more leg bye follows before the new man tries to grab an extra run with the last ball but is run out courtesy of a direct hit from Stokes.

Wicket - McClenaghan (1) run out (New Zealand 153-8)

Santner tries to wallop the ball over extra cover but the connection is not clean enough and Jordan positions himself for another straightforward catch. McClenaghan comes out for the final four balls. Elliot on strike.

Wicket - Santner (7) c Jordan b Stokes (New Zealand 150-7)

Stokes takes the ball for the final over of the innings.

19th over - New Zealand 150-6

Santner grabs a quick run and later swipes a full toss away for four. He ends on a single and three from Elliot makes it nine for the over.

Jordan to bowl the penultimate over...

18th over - New Zealand 141-6

Elliot denies Stokes his treble but it's still another great over for England, who concede just five runs and take two wickets. Santner is in to bat.

Two wickets in two deliveries for Stokes and it's another full toss that Anderson chips down the ground to Jordan. Hat-trick ball to come...

Wicket - Anderson (28) c Jordan b Stokes (New Zealand 139-6)

Facing his third delivery, Ronchi tries to smash a low full toss over long-off but succeeds only in picking out the hands of Willey. Real momentum building now for England at the tail end of this New Zealand innings.

Grant Elliot is the new batsman.

Wicket - Ronchi (3) c Willey b Stokes (New Zealand 139-5)

17th over - New Zealand 136-4

Keeper/batsman Luke Ronchi joins Anderson in the middle. They both nick singles to end a productive over for England.

Jordan begins over number 17 with a perfect yorker to Taylor, who then tries to find a gap on the off-side but ends up being dismissed by an excellent diving take from Morgan at extra cover.

Wicket - Taylor (6) c Morgan b Jordan (New Zealand 134-4)

16th over - New Zealand 133-3

Acrobatic fielding from Willey, who slides across the boundary to stop Taylor from notching four more. He took three between the wickets anyway and Roy then reacts quickly in the deep to limit Anderson to two.

Plunkett tries a full toss and it is wellied away for six by Anderson, who finishes with a single. 12 from the over.

15th over - New Zealand 121-3

Taylor nudges a single after Rashid is called for a wide and Anderson picks up three from two deliveries.

There's another single for Taylor and Anderson then leathers a full toss back behind the bowler for four. Jordan tries in vain to stop it from hitting the rope.


14th over - New Zealand 111-3

Plunkett returns and his first ball is slow and wide. He then coaxes Munro to loft a shot high and eventually down into the waiting grasp of Ali at third man.

More respite for England as Ross Taylor arrives at the crease.

Wicket - Munro (46) c Ali b Plunkett (New Zealand 107-3)

13th over - New Zealand 106-2

A single from Munro brings up New Zealand's 100. Anderson then hits his first boundary with a muscular shot that comfortably beats the fielder stationed at long-off.

12th over - New Zealand 99-2

Munro produces a punishing reverse sweep off Rashid that runs through for four. He nicks a single to the leg-side and Anderson gets his first run with a quick shot down the ground.

Munro finishes with another single and the Black Caps are closing in on their century.

11th over - New Zealand 92-2

England badly needed to disrupt this partnership and the decision to call in Ali works wonders as a slog towards the leg-side from Williamson goes high into the air and is caught by the bowler. The captain goes for 32 from 28 balls.

Corey Anderson is the next man up.

Wicket - Williamson (32) c & b Ali (New Zealand 91-2)

Morgan calls Moeen Ali into the attack for the first time. Munro and Williamson are building a good partnership here, full of boundaries.

10th over - New Zealand 89-1

Munro goes to swipe straight down past Stokes but a thick edge ends up travelling through his legs, beyond the stumps and away to the boundary. Williamson pulls nicely for a single before Munro hits another four. 11 from the over.

Ninth over - New Zealand 78-1

Williamson drives down the ground for a single and Munro then executes an unconventional sweep that travels 71 metres for six. He adds another quick run before his partner carves an expertly-timed cut shot through point for four. The last ball is a dot.

Eighth over - New Zealand 66-1

A single for each batsman off Stokes before Williamson powers the first six of the innings with a fierce strike over deep extra cover. A leg bye is then followed by two more runs to end the over.

Ben Stokes to bowl now for England.

Seventh over - New Zealand 55-1

Williamson and Munro take a single each. Buttler removes the bails following a wide delivery down the leg-side but third umpire Bruce Oxenford rules that the skipper had his bat back in the crease in time. Not out.

Another run for Williamson takes him on to 17 but only four in total from the over represents a good start from Rashid, who did not impress against Sri Lanka.

Rashid is in to add some spin to proceedings.

Sixth over - New Zealand 51-1

Williamson notches a single and Munro follows that up by driving down the ground for four. Plunkett appears visibly frustrated as another straight delivery takes an inside edge and races away to the fence.

Munro hits his third consecutive four through square leg before a much-needed change of emphasis sees a costly over end with two dot balls.

Fifth over - New Zealand 38-1

Jordan resumes and unsuccessfully appeals for lbw on Munro. He then follows a leg bye with a wide and a dot ball. Continuing to go hard down the leg-side, a bouncer towards the hip is easily whacked away for four by Williamson. A smart fielding change saves a single and the Black Caps skipper takes one more to end the over.

Fourth over - New Zealand 31-1

Quick fielding from Adil Rashid on the dive to stop Munro from notching another four. It did carry, but that was an extremely difficult ball to try and wrap his fingers underneath. Probably harsh to label it as a drop.

Munro adds another single and Williamson edges short of slip before nailing his first boundary with a confident shot that races past Rashid on the leg-side. The captain finishes the over with two more runs.

Liam Plunkett into the attack now.

Third over - New Zealand 23-1

New man Colin Munro gets off the mark with a single and then faces a dot ball before hitting Willey over mid-on for four. A second run for Williamson too.

Guptill goes to unleash a big shot over the bowler's head but miscues and his horrible slice carries behind to wicket-keeper Buttler. A crucial early breakthrough for England.

Wicket - Guptill (15) c Buttler b Willey (New Zealand 17-1)

Second over - New Zealand 17-0

Jordan stifles Guptill's momentum with three consecutive dot balls bowled at a decent length. He then gives away a wide down the leg-side before the striker finds the gap through point for four. Another single takes him on to 15 from 11 deliveries.

Chris Jordan is next up for England...

First over - New Zealand 11-0

A poor start from Willey as an ugly first ball, wide and short, is confidently slashed away for four by Guptill. A straighter second delivery leads to an lbw shout that is swiftly rejected by umpire Kumar Dharmasena.

Guptill then goes for a risky single down the ground and looks to be facing a run out but Morgan cannot take advantage. He responds with another boundary, this time over backward point. He finishes with a single and New Zealand are off and running nicely.

It's time to begin. Guptill and Williamson walk out to open the batting for New Zealand, while Willey will bowl first.


It's time for the respective national anthems. The atmosphere is building nicely inside the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

Just under 10 minutes remaining until we get underway in Delhi.

Despite the perceived importance of that toss and the apparent dew on the pitch, it seems that neither side's plans have been altered. England are better suited to chasing with their deep batting reserves and New Zealand have proven very capable in defending scores throughout the tournament so far.


England: Roy, Hales, Root, Morgan (c), Stokes, Buttler, Ali, Willey, Rashid, Plunkett, Jordan

New Zealand: Guptill, Williamson (c), Munro, Taylor, Anderson, Elliot, Santner, Ronchi, Milne, McClenaghan, Sodhi

Captains Morgan and Williamson join Nasser Hussain in the middle for the toss. New Zealand call heads and lose before England, who are unchanged, choose to bowl first.

Two changes for the Black Caps as Guptill and extra seamer Adam Milne replace Henry Nicholls and Nathan McCullum.

England win the toss and elect to bowl first

In Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi, New Zealand boast two impressive in-form spinners that are likely to cause England real problems.

That has been a Godsend on some of the pitches they have played on so far, with senior fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee having both failed to feature throughout the Super 10 phase.

Although it is unlikely to impact upon today's result, it is still important to note that New Zealand lost to the same opponents by six wickets with just four balls remaining in a World Cup warm-up match earlier this month despite Williamson's 63.


Trevor Bayliss' team successfully chased down 170 on that occasion after openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales combined for 99 and Jos Buttler blitzed 24 from only nine deliveries.

They were also beaten by 56 runs in their only T20 international on a 2015 tour to England that also included a drawn Test series and a 3-2 defeat in ODI competition.

The venue for today's match could well have a big impact on proceedings, with England having beaten both Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in Delhi.

New Zealand, meanwhile, have travelled from Nagpur, Dharamsala and Mohali to Kolkata but are yet to play at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium so far during the tournament.

Unquestionably the most impressive team during the tournament so far, New Zealand, who have not reached the semi-finals since the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 back in 2007, topped Group 2 ahead of India and boasted by far the best net run rate after chalking up three consecutive wins that did not require them to produce a single chase.

They only made 126-7 against the heavily favoured hosts in Nagpur, but bowled them out for just 79 to open with a sizable upset. Such a result was followed by an eight-run triumph over neighbours Australia in an Antipodean derby and Martin Guptill later smashed a 48-ball 80 to lead Kane Williamson's Black Caps to a comfortable win over Pakistan. In their last outing, Bangladesh were limited to just 70 runs during a heavy loss.

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro

So attention now shifts to the men, who have not enjoyed a perfect tournament by any means. Opening proceedings with a Chris Gayle-inspired six-wicket defeat to the West Indies in Mumbai, they subsequently pulled off the highest run chase in competition history and the second biggest in any T20 international thanks largely to a majestic 83 from the fantastic Joe Root that sealed a truly memorable victory over South Africa.

England were then given a real fight by plucky associate members Afghanistan, bailed out by a vital partnership between Moeen Ali and David Willey. They booked their place in the semi-final with a 10-run win against defending champions Sri Lanka that looked in the bag at 171-4, only for a hobbled Angelo Mathews to dig in after a top-order collapse with an unbeaten 73 that made the day much nervier than perhaps it should have been.


Disappointment for England in the day's first semi-final as the women are beaten. Captain Charlotte Edwards made 31 and opening partner Tamsin Beaumont top-scored with 32 but it was not enough as Mark Robinson's side slump to a five-run defeat.

Australia progress through to Sunday's final in Kolkata, where they will face either New Zealand or the West Indies at Eden Gardens.


In the women's match, skipper Meghann Lanning made 55 from 50 balls and opener Alyssa Healy also notched 25 as Australia closed on 132-6. Natalie Sciver was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of two for 22. Laura Marsh and Jenny Gunn also took a wicket each.

In response, England are 120-7 and require 13 runs from their final over...

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of this week's first ICC World Twenty20 men's semi-final contest. Hosts India meet the West Indies in Mumbai tomorrow, but today it's the turn of England as the 2010 winners play the tournament's only remaining unbeaten team, New Zealand, at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium

Play is due to get underway at 19.00 IST (14.30 GMT), with the crucial toss and team news expected to arrive approximately 30 minutes before. IBTimes UK will fully preview the tie and provide over-by-over updates as well as keeping you in the loop regarding current events in Delhi, where England's women are chasing 163 for victory in their own last-four meeting with old rivals Australia.