The stand out performance in the match came from Jason Roy who hit a fabulous innings which set England on their way to the win. Ben Stokes was the other top performer with his efforts with the ball particularly at the death while there were also a host of other players who contributed well in the winning cause.
Jason Roy (10 and Man of match): A perfect performance from Roy with the bat as he scored a sensational score of 78 from just 44 deliveries and got England off to the flying start which was required to calm the nerves in the camp. The innings was something that the team needed as although the score wasn't all of that high his brilliance took the pressure off the rest of players and meant that by the time the Kiwi's spinners were onto bowl that they game was nearly out of reach for them, and it would have been tough for them to get their side back in the match.
This score for Roy had been coming as he had hit to 40's already in the competition against Sri Lanka and South Africa but, today he took it to a different level as he took apart a really experienced bowling line-up and it was like he was playing against a school side that signals just how well he was playing on the day. Roy's improvement at the top of the order has really benefited England and in the long run he can have the same kind of impact that the likes of Aussies Aaron Finch and David Warner make to their side on a regular basis.
Alex Hales (6): Hales played an important knock in the chase and despite, scoring just 20 his role allowed Roy to score at the rate he was and you can argue that without the help of Hales, Roy may not have been able to score at the rate at which he did do. Hales, has largely struggled so far in the competition but, on a number of occasions he has got himself in before quickly getting out which is something of a real shame for Hales as there is real talent there which is something he has been showing in the past few years for England in the two shortest formats of the game. If Hales can get back to some decent form in the final then England can be once heck of a even more dangerous side as the main dangers in the competition so far with the bat have been Roy, Joe Root and Jos Buttler.
Joe Root (8): Another fine performance from the Yorkshireman as he scored a composed 27 from 22 balls guiding England to victory alongside Buttler after the double loss of Roy and captain Morgan. In fairness he never looked troubled and shrugged off the loss of two partners in two balls to shepherd England home hitting the ball hard but also playing deft touches making it impossible for Kane Williamson to keep him quiet. As mentioned earlier he has been one of England's better performers with the bat so far in the competition and is someone who, every time you see him play you just think that he is never going to get out and always improving. Like, Roy it will be vital that Root is at his best in the final for England if they are too lift the trophy for the first time since 2010.
Eoin Morgan (6): Another tough day for Morgan with the bat as he was dismissed for a golden duck and at the time England were really on the back foot having not long before that lost the key wicket of Roy. Morgan has been really struggling with the bat so far this year and this is a real worry for England as you need you captain and number four batsmen to be at their best if you are to compete with the best teams in the world as it can quite often be difficult for the work load to be shared out between just a few players.
As for his captaincy, he largely did well selecting the correct players for the various positions whilst, also being able to rotate his bowlers well and not over using bowlers when he didn't need to something which he has done before.
Jos Buttler (8): Another fine match for the wicket-keeper batsmen as he took one catch behind the stumps whilst also seeing England to victory with a fabulous innings of 32 from just 17 deliveries. Buttler walked to the wicket with England placed at 110-3 and at that stage New Zealand were slowly coming back into the match but, Buttler didn't allow this to happen and didn't let any of the bowlers to settle as he was again at his best hitting three sixes and two fours in his short innings which got England over the line. In Buttler like fashion he scored the winning runs with a six even though there was only one run required. He has really joined the part in the past two matches after enduring a real difficult first three matches with the bat and will be key to England's success in the final.
Ben Stokes (8): He wasn't required to bat, but with the ball he was once again sensational as he returned with figures of 3-26 from his four overs as he continues to improve his bowling particularly at the death where he has been mighty effective in the past two matches. The match winner from the previous game found it difficult in his first two overs going for 21 from his first two overs before bowling a spell of 3-6 from his final two overs to help England to restrict the Kiwi's to just 151 a score which was way below par. He was once more a key element in the field and he even ran-out Mitchell McClenaghan off the final delivery of the first innings. Stokes, who was due to come in at six, could sit back and relax as his team mates took England through to the final.
Moeen Ali (7): Ali was back at his best in this one as he returned with figures of 1-10 from his two overs which was a outstanding effort given the position which he found himself bowling in. After receiving a lot of treatment in the narrow win over Sri Lanka last time Ali looked much better and picked up the key wickets of Kane Williamson, who was looking in great form before Ali made him sky one in the air before the spinner took the catch to have him out caught and bowled. Ali was a good use in the field as well taking the catch of Colin Munro, who top scored for the Kiwi's. Ali wasn't required to bat for England as they eased home in the end.
Chris Jordan (8): Like Stokes, Jordan was once again impressive with the ball returning with figures of 1-24 from his four overs to back up his fine performance from the win over Sri Lanka on Saturday. He also bowled at the death and gave nothing away making it extremely difficult for the New Zealand lower order to get anything away to the ropes on a tough day for them. At this time he is just about as good as it gets when it comes to death bowlers and is a great option for England to have among their ranks ahead of a busy year of T20 and ODI cricket. He also contributed well in the field taking two superb catches in the deep both off the bowling of Stokes to help England on their way. Jordan has come into his own over the past couple of matches and is the type of players that any time would love to have in their team at this current time.
David Willey (7): Willey only bowled the two overs today going for 1-17 from the two as he opened the bowling against a strong top order for the Kiwi's so he can't be too disappointed to have only bowled the two overs as there were plenty of other bowlers who were bowling so well that you couldn't take out the attack including Stokes and Jordan. He did take the vital wicket of opener Martin Guptil who, had got off to a flying start finding three fours in the opening two overs before Willey had him out caught behind by Buttler. Willey has been a great player for England since coming into the side and is a player that has real variation and great lengths which is something that will take him a long way in the game. He also chipped in with a decent catch the wicket of the dangerous Luke Ronchi who on his day can take apart any bowling attack.
Adil Rashid (7): With no turn on offer Rashid bowled a flatter trajectory making it harder for the batters to hit him in the air showing he had learned from the Sri Lanka game when he flighted the ball and was hammered. He returned with figures of 0-33 from his four overs as although he was wicket less he gave very little away to a New Zealand line-up who look to still be trying to find the right replacement for Brendon McCullum who retired from international cricket prior to the tournament. Rashid has had a mixed tournament in truth as he has picked up a few wickets but, in a couple of the matches he has been quite expensive but, this kind of event can really teach him some lessons and he will really come out on the better side of this.
Liam Plunkett (6): Of all the bowlers Plunkett endured the most difficult day, going for 38 from his four overs with just the one wicket the one of Munro who was looking dangerous. Since coming in for Recce Topley he has largely performed well for England and so this will only be setback for the expierenced bowler and he will look to put it right in Sunday's final Stuck with his wide Yorkers to the left-handers inducing the mistake from Munro. He is a much improved bowler of late and is someone who on his day can get on a real roll and cause trouble to any kind of opposition which just highlights the classy player which he has made himself today.