A confident English side won against an undefeated Kiwi team in the first semi-final played at Delhi.
Having won the toss, Morgan decided to bowl first on a track where spinners were deemed to take a back seat. This was going to be yet another new venue for New Zealand in this World T20 cup and conditions asked them to drop their third spinner and play 2 pacers instead.
English team remained unchanged on the other hand.
Guptill as usual started off very positively and showed some early fireworks in the first 2 overs of the big game. He kept going hard at the ball eventually nicking one off the first ball of 3rd over and England were jubilant to remove him very soon. However, Williamson and Munro carried off from there at a very healthy run rate and formed a big partnership of 74 runs from 8.2 overs.
It was then Moeen Ali's introduction that immediately did the job for Morgan and Williamson played a false shot to edge one high to be caught by bowler himself. Once that wicket fell, Kiwi batting lineup struggled to keep the graph of run rate towards the higher peaks. Munro departed soon after and then England tighten the screws with some fine field setting and disciplined bowling.
New Zealand faltered in the last 5 overs big time and eventually ended the innings setting a below par 154 run target.
With wickets needed right from the word go, Williamson brought on Anderson as his first choice bowler followed with Milne. Well, it did not go according to Kiwi plan at all and Roy launched into not only them but all bowlers that kept following. He smashed all round the ground and spared no one. Hales on the other side kept the scoreboard ticking too giving much of the strike to his partner.
It just took 26 balls for Roy to reach his maiden half century of this tournament. But Hales then chipped an easy catch to the straight boundary and the opening partnership was finally broken by Santner with scoreboard showing 82 runs from only 8.2 overs.
Root's arrival at the crease did not slow down the proceedings at all as Roy kept finding the fence in every over. Finally, Ish Sodhi gave some hope to Kiwis when he deceived Roy and Morgan on consecutive deliveries to claim their wickets with score on 110 from 12 overs.
Everyone thought that this could get interesting now and may be Kiwis will find a way back into the game just like England did during their bowling. But Buttler buttered every bowler then during his 17 ball stay at crease and that was enough time for him to secure English berth at Kolkata.
It was a dramatic finish to the first semi final with the explosive Buttler hitting 3 sixes from 4 balls to sending a strong message to the 2 semi finalists who face each other tomorrow in Mumbai.