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30 Mar 2016

England need 154 against New Zealand to reach final

New Zealand could not make the most of a strong start as, held back by good catching and excellent bowling by England at the death, posted 153-8 in the first World Twenty20 semi-final on Wednesday.

The Kiwis, who reached the last four as the only unbeaten team, were cruising at 89 for one at the midway stage of their innings before England made a strong comeback to give themselves a great chance of reaching the final.

After opener Martin Guptill fell in the third over, Colin Munro (46) added 74 runs with skipper Kane Williamson (32) to lay the foundation for a big total.

England then applied the brakes on scoring with some disciplined bowling and tight fielding, the 2010 champions claiming regular wickets with catches in the deep to peg back their opponents.

Corey Anderson made 28 down the order but New Zealand eventually fell well short of the 175-mark that looked easily reachable at the halfway stage.

For England, who fielded an unchanged side, Ben Stokes claimed 3-26 and produced a run out off the final ball as they conceded only 20 runs in the last four overs. Earlier on Wednesday England's women lost their semi-final to Australia.

UPCOMING MATCHES

23-27 Nov 2017, 05.30 IST
1st Test

Australia v England

, Brisbane

24-28 Nov 2017, 09.30 IST
2nd Test

India v Sri Lanka

, Nagpur

24 Nov 2017, .
1st ODI

Scotland v PNG

, Dubai

25 Nov 2017, .
2nd ODI

Scotland v PNG

, Dubai

RECENT MATCHES

1st, Match - Zimbabwe v Hong Kong , Nagpur
Zimbabwe 158/8 (20/20 ov)
Hong Kong 144/6 (20.0/20 ov)
Zimbabwe won by 14 runs

2nd, Match - Afghanistan v Scotland, Nagpur
Afghanistan 170/5 (20/20 ov)
Scotland 156/5 (20.0/20 ov)
Afghanistan won by 14 runs

3rd , Match - Bangladesh v Netherlands , Dharamsala
Bangladesh 153/7 (20/20 ov)
Netherlands 145/7 (20.0/20 ov)
Bangladesh won by 8 runs

4th, Match - Ireland v Oman, Dharamsala
Ireland 154/5 (20/20 ov)
Oman 157/8 (19.4/20 ov)
Oman won by 2 wickets