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• England won by seven wickets with 17 balls remaining • NZ went from 89-1 after 10 overs to reach 153-8 • Jason Roy smashed 78 from 44 balls in man of the match display • England to face either India or West Indies in final • ANDREW ALDERSON: Black Caps beaten by own approach
New Zealand's world T20 adventure is over; England were too good, crushing them by seven wickets in their semifinal in Delhi today.
Kane Williamson's team, the only unbeaten team through pool play, made 153 for eight, having been sent in, but it wasn't enough.
England, on the back of a ferocious 78 off 44 balls from opener Jason Roy, got to the target with 17 balls to spare, finishing on 159 for three.
Legspinner Ish Sodhi gave New Zealand a glimmer of hope when he removed Roy and captain Eoin Morgan in consecutive deliveries in the 13th over.
However Joe Root, the tournament's top runmaker from the Super 10 stage onwards, and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler got the job done in style. Root was 27 not out at the finish, Buttler 26 off just 16 balls.
England will play either the West Indies or hosts India in the final in Kolkata early on Monday (NZT).
They meet in the second semfinal in Mumbai early tomorrow (NZT).
New Zealand, having lost the toss for the first time, knew they had left runs out on the park at the halfway point.
The pitch was two-paced and had uneven bounce but even so New Zealand would have felt confident of getting past at least 160.
Their key man at the top of the order, Martin Guptill, departed to the 13th ball for 15, driving and edging left armer David Willey to Buttler.
The best batting of the innings came from captain Kane Williamson and belligerent lefthander Colin Munro. They shared a 74-run stand in 49 balls for the second wicket before Williamson fell to offspinner Moeen Ali's third ball.
Colin Munro talks to the Crowd Goes Wild Breakfast:
Williamson, on 32 off 27 balls, shaped to hit the ball towards mid wicket but instead it skied back behind Ali, who ran back and took a good catch. Williamson was looking good and it was a key moment for England.
Munro, who'd produced a superb reverse sweep for six off legspinner Adil Rashid, was largely responsible for New Zealand grabbing 34 runs off the eighth to 10th overs. At halfway, New Zealand were well positioned at 89 for one.
The second block of five overs were worth 51 to New Zealand; overs 10 to 15, however went for only 32 as Munro and Corey Anderson, finding his range, were caught up against the spinners.