there it is! England into the World T20 final with a six as Buttler crunches a short ball over deep midwicket
England win by seven wickets and are in the final of the World T20. I repeat, England are in the final. It has been a magnificent performance from the mid-point when they started to strangle the New Zealand innings. Jason Roy then led off the chase in style and, despite two wickets in two balls, it was completed without much fuss at all. It all means we will have a repeat winner of the World T20 for the first time, but will it be India or West Indies to face England in Kolkata? Just remember, too, that a little over a year ago England went out of the World Cup with a whimper. It's been quite a story for them since. I'll bring you some reaction shortly.
Noman Awan: "Remarkable turnaround by England. They were no where in CWC15. Here they qualified for the final." Snap
Man of the Match is Jason Roy. "The bowling unit did really well, they are a hugely dangerous line-up. I tried to get the team off to a good start and it went quite well. It was a chance to get off to a great start on a decent wicket. I gave it a crack and it came off. I got a few boundaries early and kept going from there. It's the way a lot of us play, we have that opportunity to do what they want and be free with their skills. A just looked at the runs needed and knocked them off, if you let the occasion get to you it can be to your detriment."
Eoin Morgan. "We did really to peg it back after the first six or seven overs, Kane played really well and his wicket was very important. Continuing to take wickets helped us a huge amount. At one stage we were looking at 180, but the belief in our camp is a very aggressive brand of cricket and we have confidence at the moment - led by Alex Hales and Jason Roy. We are in a good position at the moment. [A final] is the kind of thing you dream about. The players have made a lot of sacrifices and worked very hard for it."
Kane Williamson. "At the halfway stage, credit to England, I knew we were probably a touch short. The 180-mark was realistic and it would have been a closer game. We were beaten by a far better team. We weren't able to stem the flow of runs, it was a fantastic knock by Jason Roy. We backed our bowlers to defend anything but the damage was done early."
That just about wraps things up for this semi-final. David Hopps' report will be here shortly and you can tune into Match Day right now. We've got Mahela Jayawardene, Ian Chappell and Sanjay Manjrekar on our live show today. It begins right after the captains finish speaking. If you're reading this on a desktop, then you can watch the show right here by refreshing the scorecard page. If you're on the app, click here. For now, though, from Alan and Andrew it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.
the scores a levelled with an overthrow...Buttler came down the pitch, pushed back to Sodhi who threw down the stumps and the ball rebounded away
it's a repeat! Full. Lofted. Six. Buttler isn't a man to dab those singles that were worrying a few of you. Job nearly done. Into the second tier
and now he goes straight down the ground with a clean swing of the arms through a full delivery...doing it in style
dragged down short, Buttler rocks back and pulls handsomely between deep square and deep midwicket...England racing to the winning line now
tossed up full and wide, driven to deep cover
that's lovely and delicate from Root as he dabs a reverse sweep to short third man's left and it races away
Sodhi back for his last over
pushes a length delivery back to the bowler who dives to his left
that breaks the (relative) shackles as Buttler brings out the reverse sweep to a full delivery on the stumps and it goes well wide of short third man
Anush Rajagopal: "What a player Ish Sodhi has been." And his last over could yet be vital
on the back foot, no pace to work with, worked out to deep midwicket
opens the face to a ball on off stump and runs it to short third man...no chance for a single
Mark: "Wrong approach here. Get this done!" Keep calm, folks
flicks a straight delivery out to deep midwicket
width outside off, played with an open face through point to the cover sweeper
Elliott back. More pace off.
Tight over. Back to a run-a-ball needed for England
well bowled, full and straight, pushed back to the bowler
cuts firmly but picks out backward point
fuller, he comes forward and defends
short again, there is some spin but Root is able to flick it off the back foot through midwicket
stays back in the crease and works a shorter delivery into square leg
Russell: "A pox on doing it in singles. Don't fancy needing 5 or 6 off the last..."
round the wicket, full at the stumps, driven to long-off
Santner replaces Sodhi who has one over left
Sen: "I salute slaphead (from NZ) for his patriotism. he actually put his house in the line for jinxing England!! Good job."
short, angled into the body, Root rolls his wrists and pulls to long leg
|Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi|
|Toss||England, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||England advanced|
|Match number||T20I no. 555|
|Hours of play (local time)||19:00 start First Session 19:00-20:25, Interval 20:25-20:45, Second Session 20:45-22:10|
|Match days||30 March 2016 - night (20-over match)|