Jason Roy lifts England in the WT20 Final
England have beaten New Zealand convincingly by 7 wickets and qualified for the Finals of ICC World T20 2016. This is the second time England qualified for the World T20 Final. Last time they played in 2010 and they won that.
England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl first in Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. New Zealand started well though Martin Guptill got out. Kane Williamson and Colin Munro put 74 run-partnership for the 3rd wicket. Williamson scored 32 off 28 deliveries. Munro scored 46 off 32 balls including 7 fours and a six.
After 15 overs, New Zealand were 121/3. Suddenly they lost their way in the death overs. They managed to score only 32 runs. But lost 5 wickets! The Blackcaps put 153/8 in 20 overs. Ben Stokes took 3 crucial wickets in the death overs.
Chasing 154, Jason Roy made it easier by picking 4 fours in the very first over. Both English openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales took the game away form New Zealand. They put 82 in 8.2 overs for the first wicket partnership. Roy picked up his maiden T20I fifty.
He scored 78 off 44 deliveries hitting 11 fours and 2 sixes. In the 13th over, Ish Sodhi sent back Hales and Eoin Morgan back to back. But Joe Root and Jos Buttler finished the game in style. Root scored 27*. Buttler scored a quick-fire 32* off 17 deliveies including 2 fours and 3 sixes. England won by 7 wickets with 17 balls remaining.
New Zealand 153/8 (Munro 46, Williamson 32, Stokes 3/26)
England 159/3 (Roy 78, Buttler 32*, Sodhi 2/42)
Result: England win by 7 wickets
Man of the Match: Jason Roy (78)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com