Abu Dhabi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – November 10, 2021): Daryl Mitchell defeated undefeated 72 to lead New Zealand to their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup final with a thrilling five-wicket win over England on Wednesday.
Chasing 166 for the win, New Zealand were struggling at 13-2, 107-4 when Jimmy Neesham knocked down the semi-final with an 11-ball 27 to help reach the goal with one more in Abu Dhabi. .
With 20 needed on the last 12 balls, Mitchell crushed Chris Woakes for two sixes and a four before his 47-ball blitz sparked some crazy celebrations in the New Zealand dugout.
“We have faced each other a number of times so we knew it would be a great cricket match,” said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, whose side lost the World Cup 50-over to England in of a Super Over in 2019.
“I am really delighted with the heart that has been shown throughout this performance.” New Zealand will face Australia or Pakistan in the final on Sunday.
“It was exceptional from Mitchell at the top. His character stood out, an incredible blow,” added Williamson.
“T20 cricket is a game with small margins. Jimmy came out and hit the ball hard and changed the momentum of the game. Ultimately the deciding factor.” Mitchell, the son of former All Blacks rugby coach John, said he was delighted to reach the final.
“It was a bit of a whirlwind, but it’s good to get the job done and move on to the big dance,” he said.
They suffered early hits after Woakes hit the third ball to send Martin Guptill back to the clubhouse for four.
The quick pitcher went on to secure the precious scalp of skipper Kane Willimson for five years after the drummer attempted a scoop shot to be caught in the slender leg.
Mitchell and Devon Conway scored 82 points for the third wicket, but Liam Livingstone hit with his leg rotation to get Conway blocked for 46.
New man Neesham took the lead in the bowling alley as he crushed Chris Jordan for two sixes – one almost caught on the limit by Bairstow but his knee hit the rope – and a four to get 23 points off. more.
He eventually fell to Adil Rashid’s googly with skipper Eoin Morgan clinging to an additional cover hold.
“All credit to Kane and his team, they dominated us today,” said Morgan.
Earlier, Moeen Ali beat an unbeaten 51 to lead England to 166-four after being asked to strike as Kiwi skipper Williamson won a very important draw.
England have lost their first matches, including Jos Buttler for 29.lb to Ish Sodhi.
– Moeen on form – But Moeen hit back with his 37-ball hit and set up a key 63 partnership with Dawid Malan, who hit 41, for the third wicket.
Rhythm bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult kept a tight leash in the first three overs before Buttler smashed two back-to-back limits.
Fit Buttler attempted to rebuild himself, but an attempt to reverse Sodhi’s leg sweep trapped him lbw for 29 out of 24 deliveries.
The opener, who passed Pakistani Babar Azam as the tournament’s top batsman with 269 points, reviewed the appeal but reruns suggested the ball might have hit his stump.
Southpaw Malan, who was dropped on 10 by wicket keeper Conway off Neesham, hit Southee’s first six innings in the 16th, but left the next ball caught behind.
But Moeen launched an attack as he punched Sodhi for a six, then smashed Milne for two over the fence.
Livingstone hit 17 of 10 balls before leaving and Moeen finished his first fifty of the tournament with a limit off Neesham.