Jason Roy relished mind-blowing experience as England reach World Twenty20 final

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England are preparing for the "mind-blowing experience" of a World Twenty20 final at Eden Gardens after they turned in near perfect game to overwhelm New Zealand.

Having come into their semi-final in Delhi as marginal underdogs England produced their best cricket of the tournament to romp home by seven wickets with 17 balls to spare.

The death-bowling expertise of Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes restricted the Black Caps to 153 for seven, having been 89 for one at the halfway stage, and Jason Roy smashed 78 in 44 balls to lead a fearless pursuit.

And Roy, fresh from hitting 11 fours and two sixes, was already wide-eyed at the prospect of heading to Kolkata's famous stadium to battle either hosts India or the West Indies for the trophy.

"I don't think the boys realise what they've achieved," he said.

"It's the most mind-blowing experience of my life to date. I'm just super happy for the lads to get that experience on Sunday.

"It's pretty cool. Just another game of cricket... it just happens to be at Eden Gardens in the World Cup final in front of 100,000 people," he said.

Roy might have overestimated the modern capacity of the venue, which is officially listed at 66,000 these days, but it is easy to forgive a little exuberance after such an intoxicating performance.

Jordan and Stokes turned in combined figures of four for 50 in eight overs, half of which came at the back end of the innings.

The last four overs cost just 20 runs, with one boundary and five wickets, laying the platform for Roy's pyrotechnics.

Joe Root (27no) and Jos Buttler (32no) also flexed their muscles at the close as England kept their foot on the pedal.

"Today was as good as it probably gets in winning a T20 game," said Roy.

"The bowlers were outstanding towards the end, their skill sets were amazing. The momentum that we carried over from the end of their innings to ours was outstanding. It was just perfect.

"The situation 'Rooty' came in to was perfect for him, a nice calm head, and he just finished it off with Jos, who has explosive power at the end."

Captain Eoin Morgan, the only survivor from England's World T20-winning side of 2010, knows exactly what it means to reach a showpiece final on the global stage.

"Making a final is the kind of thing you dream of as a kid," he said.

"Everyone in the dressing room has worked tremendously hard and made a lot of sacrifices to put us in this position.

"A lot of things have gone our way and we have earned the right to play the way we do and hopefully it can be our day in the final."

The day ended less well for England Women, who lost their own semi-final by five runs to Australia.

Coach Mark Robinson pulled no punches in his assessment, stressing the team must improve their fitness to compete in the future.

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