T20: New Zealand v England

The first of the World T20 semi finals is New Zealand versus England.

England won the toss and put the Black Caps in to bat.

The Black Caps started very well, getting to 89-1 at the half way mark,  but struggled to get runs in the second half of their innings  and lost wickets regularly scoring 64 for 7 wickets, so will be a bit disappointed with their total of 153 for 8.

England will fancy their chances chasing what looks like a modest total, but if the Black Caps found scoring difficult then especially if they get some wickets and apply pressure then England might find the going tough.

Commentators are saying that New Zealand are perhaps 20 runs short of a par total.

In T20 one batting performance can make the difference. Can someone step up for England? Or will the New Zealand bowlers succeed again in protecting a total that looks a bit short of what they would have wanted.

Not looking good for New Zealand. Jason Roy has got England’s innings off to a flyer scoring a quick 50 within 6 overs with his team 67-0. The tournament looks as good as over for the Black Caps.

Roy out for 78, bowled Sodhi, but he has probably won the game for England.

A couple of wickets off a couple of balls but then England coast to a comfortable victory. They bowled well in the final overs of the New Zealand innings, batted extremely well at the start of their own innings and made it look easy.

A deserved win for England and the tournament is over for New Zealand, some credit to them for their pool matches but not good enough when they got to the sudden death semis.

Black Caps 3 from 3

The Black Caps have now beaten their top three pool opponents with what turned out to be a comfortable World T20 win against Pakistan this morning (NZ time).

Winning the toss and batting first the Blacks Caps got off to a great start thanks to Martin Guptill (80 runs), but Pakistan fought back to restrict them to 180 runs for the losst of 5 wickets.

Pakistan got off to a flyer with Sharjeel Khan racing to 47 off 26 balls but the rest of their batsmen couldn’t keep the momentum going and they ended up struggling to get to 158, failing to score a boundary in their last five overs.

So the Black Caps are guaranteed a place in the semi finals with India, Australia and Pakistan fighting for the second spot from the pool. Pakistan and India are still to play Australia.

The Black Caps have a final pool game against Bangladesh, in which they will have to be careful not to take too easily or they could fall over when they need to be building on their good form.