Ben Stokes pushes England’s juggernaut to final; Shane Warne appreciates
Winning their fourth match on the trot, England beat New Zealand by 7 wickets to enter the ICC World T20 2016 final. Powering the English team, all-rounder Ben Stokes claimed 3 wickets in death overs and England rode on Jason Roy’s impeccable knock to surpass the target of 154 runs in 17.1 overs at Delhi, on Wednesday.
Exploiting the Kotla wicket, England dominated the Kiwis in their third consecutive match at Delhi. The English bowlers appeared lethal in death overs as they took 7 wickets in last 10 overs and conceded just 64 runs.
Canterbury-born paceman put his best foot forward in the 18th over as he scrapped Luke Ronchi (3) and Corey Anderson (28), in back-to-back deliveries. In the last over, Stokes dismissed Mitchell Santner (7) and run-out Mitchell McCleanghan (1) to restrict New Zealand for 153-8 in the end of their innings.
England got off to an aggresive start with hard-hitter opener Jason Roy (78) dominating the Kiwi bowling. The opening pair scored 67 runs in batting powerplay without a loss of single wicket.
Including today’s derring-do, Stokes has scored 43+ runs so far in the tournament. The 24-year-old all-rounder claimed one wicket against Afghanistan earlier and today he chose the big stage to come up with his best T20 international figures of 3/26.
Australian spinning legend Shane Warne praised the English bowler as he claimed 3 wickets in his last two overs and conceded just 6 runs.
NZ owned the first 10 as 175 looked likely. Eng superb in the next 10, Stokes last 2 overs of 3/6, was awesome. Eng will chase this & win !— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 30, 2016