As England marched on to the final with a 7-wicket victory over New Zealand, it was a disciplined bowling display and superlative hitting from opener Jason Roy that took the English into the showpiece finale at Eden Gardens. Lets run the rule over the England players and rate their performance from last night at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Jason Roy – 10
“I just went out there and gave it a crack mate,” Roy said after he took the match away from New Zealand in the powerplay itself with a cracking display of strokemaking. Four boundaries from the first over from Corey Anderson got England off to a flier, and the opener looked severe down the wicket and square of the wicket as he dispatched the Kiwi bowlers with disdain in a blistering knock.
Alex Hales – 7
Played a supporting role as Roy was going berserk in the opening few overs, but managed better than a run-a-ball 20 as England killed the Kiwi pressure in the powerplay.
Joe Root – 9
Nothing wrong about this guy’s technique, an absolute top-notch player. Carried England over the line with a calm head and deft touches with the occasional big shot to ease the pressure. A vital asset for England in the final at Eden Gardens.
Eoin Morgan – 6
Another first ball duck, and the England captain would be gutted with that. But England have the batting depth to make up for his indifferent form. The skipper was proactive on the field with his bowling changes and field settings, and has led the team with gusto in the World T20.
Jos Buttler – 8
Restored calm to the situation after two wickets in consecutive deliveries and built a partnership with Root to shepherd England home. Hit a few lusty blows at the end and finished the match without any fuss.
Ben Stokes – 9
Excellent in the death overs with superb yorker-length bowling. Picked up three wickets in his second spell to restrict New Zealand to a mere 154, with just 20 runs coming off the last four overs.
Moeen Ali – 7
Took a superb return catch off Williamson to begin New Zealand’s slide. Fired the ball in on a pitch which provided little help for the spinners and was economical.
Chris Jordan – 8
Nailed the yorkers brilliantly and has to be credited for bowling a consistent line with pace and accuracy. Very crucial in the final for Eoin Morgan’s side.
David Willey – 8
Hammered by Guptill in his first over, but came back to scalp the dangerous Kiwi opener. Excellent bowling effort.
Adil Rashid – 7
You only learn from mistakes, and that’s exactly what Adil Rashid did since that hammering from Angelo Matthews a few days back. Bowled a flatter trajectory, did not give the ball as much air, and bowled a good line.
Liam Plunkett – 8
Bowled fast and an attacking line and stuck with his wide yorkers to left handers to induce a mistake from Chris Munro.