New Zealand come into the first semi-final of ICC World Twenty20 with things hinged their way. They have been unbeaten and gone through tough opposition without breaking a sweat. On the other side, England kept things the hard way to seal a berth though they have the benefit of playing in Delhi twice already. The winner will book a place in the final on Sunday. Live Cricket Score, Updates and comments from first semi-final. (STATS || POINTS TABLE || FIXTURES)
LIVE SCORE AND UPDATES:
1903 hrs IST: Good start by Jordan so far. After seeing Willey get hammered for pitching it up, Jordan dishing them short
1902 hrs IST: Chris Jordan into the attack from the other end
1900 hrs IST: FOUR! Guptill goes up and over covers. Second boundary of the over. He does enjoy batting the powerplay, doesn’t he?
1859 hrs IST: Morgan fails to pick it up cleanly and Guptill makes ground. Had he picked, it could have been end of Guptill’s innings
1858 hrs IST: FOUR! Width on offer and Guptill whacks it to the ropes. New Zealand are away in fine fashion
1855 hrs IST: David Willey to commence proceedings with the ball. Guptill and Williamson the two openers for the Black Caps
1850 hrs IST: The two teams are out for the national anthems. We are moments away from live action
1844 hrs IST: England, on the other hand, have stuck to their combination. But it will be crucial that their seamers deliver the goods on the big stage today
1842 hrs IST:
NZ XI: Guptill, Williamson (c), Munro, Taylor, Anderson, Elliott, Santner, Ronchi, Milne, McClenaghan, Sodhi
ENG XI: Roy, Hales, Root, Morgan (c), Stokes, Buttler, Moeen, Jordan, Rashid, Willey, Plunkett
1840 hrs IST: New Zealand have gone back to their core squad. With Guptill and Milne returning to the scheme of things, this XI wears a very balanced look
1835 hrs IST: New Zealand have brought back Martin Guptill and Adam Milne in place of Henry Nichollas and Nathan McCullum
1831 hrs IST: England have won the toss and elected to bowl against New Zealand
1830 hrs IST: Both captains are out in the middle for the toss
1810 hrs IST: New Zealand openers have been on song in the tournament so far but their middle-order is yet to deliver – wears a very fragile look as of now
1804 hrs IST: It looks like a contest between England batsmen and New Zealand spinners
1800 hrs IST: England beat New Zealand in the ICC World T20 warm-up, but Black Caps have been unstoppable since then – winning all their World T20 matches so far
New Zealand start favourites against England in the first semifinal as two of this generation’s finest batsmen face each other at Kotla.Virat Kohli and Joe Root’s good form with the bat in the semi-final against England on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)
New Zealand captain and top batsman Kane Williamson feels that one can “learn a lot” by watching his contemporary Virat Kohli’s stellar performances in the ongoing ICC World T20.
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Asked about the similarity between the victorious 2010 team and the current bunch, Morgan observed that it was the ability to remain relaxed.