England defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets in the first semi-finals at the Feroshah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi. It was an outstanding effort by England bowlers to restrict the New Zealand batsmen after such a great start. The England batsmen especially Jason Roy made it easy for other batsmen and helped England to reach the finals.
Key Partnership between Kane Willamson and Collin Munro
England won the toss and elected to field. The New Zealand innings got off to a disappointing start as they lost the early wicket of Martin Guptill at the score of 17. After the loss of Martin Guptill wicket, Kane Willamson and Collin Munro steadied the New Zealand innings. At the end of the first six over’s New Zealand were 51 for 1. Collin Munro and Kane Willamson attacked the English bowlers. After the first six over’s they continued to pick singles and hit the bad balls away for fours. Both of them put on 74 for the second wicket. Kane Willamson was dismissed for 32 in the 11th over at the score of 91.
Excellent comeback by the England bowlers in death overs
The England bowlers made an excellent comeback after a great start from the New Zealand batsmen. New Zealand was scoring at a quick pace but the loss of wickets stalled their progress. At the start of 15th over New Zealand were 121 for 3. The England bowlers especially Jordan and Ben Stokes bowled Yorkers at will. New Zealand lost wickets of Taylor, Anderson, Ronchi, Santer and Mchaganlen. England bowlers gave away just 33 runs in the last 5 over’s which helped England restrict New Zealand to 153 for 8 in 20 overs.
Blistering batting by England openers
Chasing a target of 154 to win, the England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales got the team off to a flying start. In the first over Jason Roy smashed Corey Anderson for 4 boundaries which put New Zealand bowlers under pressure. Jason Roy was severe on the New Zealand fast bowlers. In the first four, over’s England raced away to 49 runs. It was a display of power hitting by England batsmen. Alex Hales was the first wicket to be dismissed at the score of 82 in the 8th over.
Poor captaincy by Kane Willamson
The New Zealand captain Kane Willamson was not up to the mark in his captaincy. The England batsmen are not comfortable with spinners. He brought on the fast bowlers right from the start and England batsmen took advantage of it. In the first four over’s the England batsmen made a quick-fire start to the team and put Kane Willamson on the backfoot. He brought the leading spinner Mitchell Santer in the 5th over. By then the England openers made 60 runs which set the foundation for England to win the match.
Jason Roy match winning performance
Jason Roy played an excellent brand of cricket. He attacked the New Zealand bowler’s right from the start and gave the platform for England to chase down. He completed his 50 in 26 balls. After the fall of Hales wicket, he stitched a partnership with Root. Jason Roy was dismissed 78 and till then England was on course for victory. He was named the man of the match. England won the match by 7 wickets.