CRICKET UPDATE ICC T20 WORLD CUP 2016
ROY FIFTY HELPS ENGLAND CRUSH KIWIS TO QUALIFY FOR FINAL
In the first semifinal in Delhi, England have registered a comprehensive victory over New Zealand to reach the final of the T20 World Cup where they will be playing against the winners of the India - West Indies semifinal to be played tomorrow in Mumbai. New Zealand who were put in to bat by England started well, with Colin Munro blazing away and captain Kane Williamson lending fine support in a second wicket stand of 74. New Zealand got to 90 in ten overs but then they suddenly lost their way after the dismissals of Williamson and Munro. New Zealand just could not stitch together any worthwhile partnership, kept losing wickets regularly and ended up at 153 for 8, clearly 25 to 30 runs short of what they should have achieved. England did not have to stretch themselves too much after Jason Roy bludgeoned his way to a 44-ball 78 with two sixes and eleven fours, and England won handsomely by seven wickets with nearly three overs to spare in what ultimately turned out to be a no-contest. After promising a lot during the first few matches New Zealand failed to live up to the billing and were blown away today.
Attention now turns to Mumbai where the Indian team takes on a West Indies team that is high on confidence and can boast of a certain Chris Gayle. But India have their own firepower in Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni for whom no challenge is too big to overcome and no mountain too steep to climb. As we saw in Mohali the other day when Virat Kohli, with some help from MS Dhoni sent the Australians packing.