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.