We can give New Zealand a run - Ben Stokes
We can give New Zealand a run - Ben Stokes

The first semi-final at Delhi will witness England taking on New Zealand and that promises to be one thrilling encounter. The two sides have some explosive names in their ranks, and these individuals can single-handedly alter the course of the game. One such name is Ben Stokes and the English all-rounder is on a high, after bowling a fantastic last over against Sri Lanka, which guaranteed his side’s qualification in the semi-finals.

Stokes, in his interaction, admitted that England had the ability to go the distance and challenge New Zealand. “They’re the form team,” he added. “They haven’t lost a game yet. We played in a warm-up game in Mumbai and beat them, so we’ll take confidence from that, and obviously we beat them in our English summer. We know if we can play to our capabilities like we did against Sri Lanka, then no matter who we face – albeit New Zealand in the semis – then we’ll give any team a good run,” said the English all-rounder.

“We’re not going to change anything that we’ve done throughout this whole series just because it is a semi-final,” he said. “I don’t think that would be the right way and I don’t think that would be the way we’d go anyway because of the team that we have. So we’re not going to look to change anything. It is just another game of cricket, albeit a semi-final,” Stokes said.

“Twenty20 is generally the fun side of cricket,” he said. “You’ve also got to have a sense of humour. Some days you can turn up and get whacked. Next game, turn up, bowl the same and not go for many runs. You’ve got to take it as it comes. It’s been enjoyable, and obviously, it’s a massive help when you’re winning and you get through to the semis,” Stokes said about the nature of T20 cricket.

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