NEW DELHI - Opener Jason Roy's 78 helped England sail into cricket's World Twenty20 final with a crushing seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the last four in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Chasing 154 for victory, England rode on a brisk 82-run partnership between Roy and Alex Hales to canter home in 17.1 overs after the bowlers had restricted a much-fancied New Zealand to 153 for eight. Roy rose to the occasion, smashing four boundaries in the very first over against Corey Anderson to set the tone for what turned out to be a perfect chase for the 2010 champions.

New Zealand's bowlers, who had shone in the team's unbeaten run to the semis, were at the receiving end of some brutal hitting that kept the packed house at Feroz Shah Kotla entertained. The introduction of spin after six overs of powerplay did little to improve the situation but Mitchell Santner gave the Kiwis their first breakthrough when he got Hales (20) out. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi also tried to bring some drama back into the game after picking the wickets of Roy and Eoin Morgan (0) to leave himself on a hat-trick, but England made sure they stayed on course.

Jos Buttler (32), who denied Sodhi his hat-trick, and a composed Joe Root (27) then drove England to their second World T20 final, with Buttler hitting a four and two sixes against Sodhi to finish things off in style. Earlier, England's bowlers responded well to their captain's decision to field first to restrict New Zealand after a poor start.

New Zealand lost opener Martin Guptill early but Kane Williamson and Colin Munro counter-attacked with a 74-run partnership to lay a solid foundation before the Kiwis faltered late on. Munro (46) and Williamson (32) proved too hot to handle for England's pacers as the duo took a special liking to Liam Plunkett and Stokes in the opening stages, both of whom came back well in their second spells.

Left-hander Munro smacked Plunkett for three straight boundaries in the sixth over of the innings to set the pace and his reverse-hit for a six against Adil Rashid brought the house down. But Morgan then juggled his bowlers around and off-spinner Moeen Ali's introduction in the 11th over soon saw the back of Williamson.

Plunkett did well in his second spell to deny the dangerous Munro, whose 32-ball knock included seven boundaries and a six. He was denied his fifty when a wild slice went straight into the safe hands of Ali at third man. England's fielders continued to pouch their catches and Morgan dived beautifully at extra cover to get rid of Ross Taylor off Chris Jordan.

The wickets quickly tumbled and New Zealand's run-rate, which had started impressively, plummeted. Stokes was going for a hat-trick near the end after sending back Luke Ronchi for three and the hard-hitting Anderson for 28. The impressive all-rounder ended with figures of 3-26 as New Zealand lost five wickets for 35 runs in the final 30 deliveries of their innings. England will take on the winner of the second semi-final between India and West Indies in Sunday's showdown at Kolkata's Eden Gardens.

Our aggressive brand of

cricket took us to WT20 final, says Eoin Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan yesterday said their belief in playing “aggressive brand of cricket” has played a big role in the team’s progress to the final of the ICC World Twenty20, here. England tonight stormed into the final of the ICC World Twenty20 with a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over New Zealand, riding on opener Jason Roy’s blazing 78.

After restricting New Zealand to 153 for eight with an impressive death bowling effort, it was then turn of right-handed Roy to pulverise a potent Black Caps attack into submission with a superlative 78 off 44 balls as the winners finished the match in only 17.1 overs.

“We did really well to peg it back after the first six or seven overs. (New Zealand skipper) Kane (Williamson) played really well and his wicket was very important. The belief in our camp is a very aggressive brand of cricket and we have confidence at the moment. We are in a good position at the moment. (A final) is the kind of thing you dream about. The players have made a lot of sacrifices and worked very hard for it,” a jubilant Morgan said at the post-match press conference.

He lauded his bowlers for their efforts to restrict New Zealand to 153 for eight after the Kiwis got off to a rollicking start in the first 10 overs. “We continued to take wickets and it helped us a huge amount. At one stage we were looking at 180,” Morgan said. Losing skipper Williamson admitted that they were today beaten by a superior team.

“All credit to England. I knew we were probably a touch short. The 180-mark was realistic and it would have been a closer game. We were beaten by a far better team,” he said. Williamson said he backed his bowlers to defend the score but Roy took the game away from them with his power-hitting.

“We weren’t able to stem the flow of runs, it was a fantastic knock by Jason Roy. We backed our bowlers to defend anything but the damage was done early,” he said. Man of the Match Jason Roy credited English bowlers for restricting New Zealand to a below-par score. “The bowling unit did really well. They (New Zealand) are a hugely dangerous line-up.

“I tried to get the team off to a good start and it went quite well. It was a chance to get off to a great start on a decent wicket. I gave it a crack and it came off. I got a few boundaries early and kept going from there. It’s the way a lot of us play. We have that opportunity to do what they want and be free with their skills,” Roy said.

Scoreboard

NEW ZEALAND:

M Guptill c Buttler b Willey 15

K Williamson c and b Ali 32

C Munro c Ali b Plunkett 46

C Anderson c Jordan b Stokes 28

R Taylor c Morgan b Jordan 6

L Ronchi c Willey b Stokes 3

G Elliott not out 4

M Santner c Jordan b Stokes 7

M McClenaghan run out 1

EXTRAS: (b1, lb4, w6) 11

TOTAL: (for 8 wckts, 20 overs) 153

FOW: 1-17, 2-91, 3-107, 4-134, 5-139, 6-139, 7-150, 8-153

BOWLING: Willey 2-0-17-1, Jordan 4-0-24-1, Plunkett 4-0-38-1, Rashid 4-0-33-0, Stokes 4-0-26-3, Ali 2-0-10-1

ENGLAND:

J Roy b Sodhi 78

A Hales c Munro b Santner 20

J Root not out 27

E Morgan lbw Sodhi 0

J Buttler not out 32

EXTRAS: (lb 1, w1) 2

TOTAL: (for 3 wckts, 17.1 overs) 159

FOW: 1-82, 2-110, 3-110

BOWLING: Anderson 1-0-16-0, Milne 3-0-27-0, McClenaghan 3-0-24-0, Santner 3.1-0-28-1, Sodhi 4-0-42-2, Elliott 3-0-21-0

TOSS: England

UMPIRES: Kumar Dharmasena, Rod Tucker

TV UMPIRE: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)

MATCH REFEREE: David Boon (AUS)

Reserve umpire: Joel Wilson (WIS)