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T20 WC: New Zealand avenges England, sails into final

New Zealand has finally avenged the 2019 World Cup defeat to kick out England from the ongoing T20 World Cup semi-final by winning the game with 5 wickets.

Abu Dhabi: New Zealand has finally avenged the 2019 World Cup defeat to kick out England from the ongoing T20 World Cup semi-final by winning the game with 5 wickets. 

Once looked lost in the middle overs, New Zealand made a comeback only to put on a spectacular show when Neesham and Mitchell hit boundaries one after another. 

New Zealand needed 109 in the last overs, and they got it with an over spare. 

Daryl Mitchell, Man of the Match, garnered the most significant 72 in 47 deliveries with the asterisk alongside his name. Satisfied with his performance, Mitchell said, “It was a bit of a whirl at the end there. I couldn’t remember what was going on, but I’m happy I got the job done. It was a challenging surface, with the new ball, and it was two-paced. The way Conway set the platform and Neesh hit a few out of the ground was amazing. We knew one or two good overs would do it, and we got the momentum back thanks to Neesham’s hitting. With what’s going on around the world right now, it’s amazing that my old man traveled half way around the world to watch me play, so this is a proud moment.”

Kiwis skipper Williamson praised Mitchell performance, said “Fantastic knock from Daryll, hit the big shots when it counted. We’ll be following that match – going to be fantastic. We know we have another challenge coming up and we’ll change our focus after tonight.”

New Zealand was chasing 167 runs but had a rocky start of their innings as they lost the opening wicket on the third ball with just four runs. 

Eoin Morgan’s words of England not being final favorites have turned true after the team lost Kiwis by 5 wickets in yet another interesting international game between the two after the 2019 World Cup final. 

In the post-match statement said, “Coming into the game we knew both sides were close in skill. Full credit to Kane and his team. They outplayed us today. Have represented ourselves in this tournament really well. Proud of the guys.”

“They have given everything in this tournament. Thought we were right in the game until probably the 17th, 18th overs. We had them exactly where we wanted them up until that point. It was (sluggish). We’re a six-hitting side but we struggled to hit sixes. But we hung in there and posted probably a par score. To come out and hit sixes from ball one like that – full credit to him (Neesham). Absolutely love playing cricket at the moment. At the forefront of change both on and off the field (the team),” he added.

New Zealand will face the winner of the second semi-final placed between Australia and Pakistan on November 11.

first published:Nov. 10, 2021, 11:27 p.m.

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