New Delhi: England finally put an end to the clinical precision of the New Zealand outfit, beating the latter by seven wickets in the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 2016. This was made possible by the extra efforts of Ben Stokes, whose four-wicket haul held back New Zealand to 153/8 in the stipulated overs. He was brilliantly supported by Jason Roy, who fired 78 blistering runs from just 44 balls at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi.
The win tantalisingly puts all eyes on Thursday’s semi-final between India and West Indies. If the in-tune Men in Blue, led by Captain Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni and powered by batting geniuses like Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane click, there is nothing stopping them from setting up a clash what many in Bollywood circles call “Lagaan 2”.
If West Indies have the wild card in the form of the explosive Chris Gayle, India has the bowling prowess of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra combined with the zeal of Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya.
It would be foolish to not look beyond Gayle as Windies have the likes of Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Evin Lewis, who are game-changers in their own regards.
Whatever be the outcome of Thursday’s India Vs West Indies encounter, England have surely gotten a ‘Lagaan 2’ date with their former colonies set for ICC World T20 action. Whether it is India Vs England in the finals or it is the Caribbean outfit taking the field against Eoin Morgan’s men.