Electing to bat after losing the toss, England made a good score in front of New Zealand. In the absence of Jason Roy, England scored 40 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in the powerplay. But after that the partnership of David Malan and Moeen Ali made quick runs.

Moeen Ali completed his fifty in the last over and scored 50 runs in just 36 balls. In which 3 fours and 2 sixes were included. Glenn Phillips left the catch of Eoin Morgan on the end ball and England reached the score of 166 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.

Apart from Moeen Ali, David Malan contributed 41 and Jos Buttler contributed 29 runs for England. New Zealand bowled with seven bowlers, out of which Tim Southee, Adam Milne, James Neesham and Ish Sodhi took one wicket each.

After struggling initially, Moeen Ali propelled England to a challenging 166 for four in the first semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup here on Wednesday.

Jos Buttler, who was in excellent form, could only manage 29 runs in 24 balls but Moeen (51 not out off 37 balls, three fours, two sixes) and David Malan (41 runs in 30 balls, four fours, one six) took the third wicket. Played an important role in the middle order by adding 63 runs for him.

Kane Williamson tried seven bowlers out of which Tim Southee, Adam Milne, James Neesham and Ish Sodhi took one wicket each.

England lost the toss and went to bat first. Jason Roy was not playing due to an injury and Jonny Bairstow (13 off 17 balls), who opened the innings with Butler in his absence, could only hit one credible shot before being dismissed in the sixth over.

England had scored 16 runs in the fourth over of Boult’s innings with the help of two visible fours and five extra runs from Butler, but Milne (1 for 31) sent Bairstow to the pavilion as soon as he caught the ball. Williamson converted the catch beautifully with a cover drive dive from Bairstow. England could reach only 40 runs in the powerplay.

Williamson then put up a spin attack from both ends. He got the advantage when leg-spinner Sodhi (1 for 32) gave New Zealand a big breakthrough by getting Butler leg before. Butler missed the reverse sweep and also missed a review.

Malan’s timing was fine and his beloved shot cover drive even more captivating, but the New Zealand bowlers did not allow the batsmen to play freely even in the middle overs. Moeen Ali was struggling at the other end and there was a need to increase the run rate. Malan hit a six on Southee (1 for 24) but the next ball took the edge of the bat and caught it in the glove of wicketkeeper Devon Conway.

Williamson played a gamble of handing the ball to Sodhi in the death overs. Moeen hit one of his deliveries on half-volley for a 92-metre six and Milne’s short pitched ball was sent over midwicket for six runs. Liam Livingstone (17 off 10 balls) also hit a scintillating six in this over. James Neesham dismissed Livingstone but Moeen managed to hit him for a boundary to reach his maiden half-century in the T20 World Cup.

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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