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#ENGvNZ | New Zealand set target of 154 for England in do or die semi-final match

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:06 IST

New Zealand mustered a total of 153 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium against England in the first semi-final of the ongoing ICC World T20, after an even first innings where neither side ended up controlling the match for a substantial period of time.

New Zealand entered the match as favourites, remaining undefeated in the tournament so far, and also being the reason behind India's only loss. Relying on their solid opening partnership of Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson, the Kiwis got off to a cautious start in the first two overs.

With the score at 17, Guptill gave away his wicket on the very first ball of the third over, much to the relief of the English bowlers at having got the danger man out.

Thereafter, Kane Williamson and Colin Munro strung together a solid partnership, being responsible for bulk of the team's score as the total reached 91. It was only then that the partnership was broken with the dismissal of Williamson for 32, and England finally managed to get a foothold on the game.

The New Zealand batsmen lost wickets at regular intervals post Williamson's ouster, thanks to some good bowling by Chris Jordan who finished with figures of four overs, no maidens, one wicket for 24 runs.

The English batsmen will be expecting the likes of Joe Root and Eoin Morgan to get them over the line in this match to set up a mouthwatering final clash at the Eden Gardens with either India or West Indies.

First published: 30 March 2016, 8:39 IST