Its redemption for 2019 final heartbreak !! New Zealand punched above their weight to orchestrate a sensational 5 wicket win to storm into the final of the T20I world cup 2021.
In the semi-final match played in Abu Dhabi, New Zealand achieved the challenge of 167 runs 6 balls in advance. Darrell Mitchell was instrumental in New Zealand’s victory, who scored a brilliant half-century. Jimmy Neesham also decided the victory of the team by scoring 27 runs in 11 balls. Darrell Mitchell overshadows England batting as opener . Mitchell batted till the end & scored 72 not out in 47 balls with 4 fours & 4 sixes . Conway scored a vital 39 ball 46 and Neesham blasted 27 off 11 balls to shatter England dreams .
England lost the toss and went to bat first. Jason Roy was not playing due to injury and in his absence Jonny Bairstow (13 off 17 balls), who opened the innings with Butler, could only hit one credible shot before being dismissed in the sixth over. England had scored 16 runs in the fourth over of Boult’s innings with the help of two fours and five extra runs from Butler, but Bairstow was sent to the pavilion as soon as Milne (1 for 31) cane to bowl with Williamson taking a blinder near mid-off region .
Williamson then put up a spin attack from both ends. He got the benefit of this when leg-spinner Sodhi (1 for 32) gave New Zealand a big success by getting Butler out LBW. Butler missed the reverse sweep and also missed a review.
Malan’s timing was excellent and he played amazing cover drives, but the New Zealand bowlers did not allow the batsmen to play freely even in the middle overs. Moeen Ali was struggling at the other end and in such a situation there was a need to increase the run rate. Malan hit a six on Southee (1/24) but the next ball took the edge of the bat and got caught in the gloves of wicketkeeper Devon Conway.
After this Moeen Ali batted brilliantly in the last over. This player completed his half-century in 36 balls on a difficult pitch. Livingstone also played an important role in taking England to 166 runs by scoring 17 runs in 10 balls.
Chasing 167 runs to reach final , the Kiwi team did not have a good start. New Zealand lost the big wickets of Martin Guptill (4) and Kane Williamson(5) till the third over. Both were dismissed by Chris Woakes. Darrell Mitchell and Devon Conway took over New Zealand’s innings with a half-century partnership of 82 runs in 67 balls between the two. However, England made a comeback in the match after Conway was dismissed for 46. Glenn Phillips also got out after scoring 2 runs and England seemed to be moving towards victory. But after that Jimmy Neesham changed the complexion of the match by landing on the crease. Neesham smashed 27 runs in 11 balls with the help of 3 fours and a six & stunned the England team and its fans . Neesham and Mitchell scored 23 runs in Chris Jordan’s over with spectacular hitting . After this, Darrell Mitchell batted with aggression in the last over and scripted a memorable win for New Zealand .
New Zealand 167 for 5 (Mitchell 72*, Conway 46, Neesham 27; Livingstone 2-22) beat England 166 for 4 (Malan 41, Moeen 51*; Southee 1-24) by 5 wickets
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