T20 World Cup: Daryl Mitchell helps New Zealand beat England in thrilling semi-final match | cricket news

New Zealand beat England by five wickets to reach the T20 World Cup Final after an exciting semi-final in Abu Dhabi; Moein Ali made 51 unbeaten as England scored 166-4 but black hat opener Daryl Mitchell thrashed 72 no of 48 balls to put his team over the line with more than to spare

Last update: 10/11/21 6:09 PM

Daryl Mitchell scored a brilliant 72 to lead New Zealand to victory

Some stunning late strikes from Daryl Mitchell and James Nesham propelled New Zealand to a thrilling five-wicket win over England to replace them in the T20 World Cup Final.

In the 167th set to win in Abu Dhabi, New Zealand looked in real trouble at 107-4 in the 16th inning, but a superb 11-ball attack from Neesham brought in 27 runs, including three six, and even as he fell to Adil Rashid, Daryl opened Mitchell (72 numbers from 48 balls) took charge with a straight maximum from Chris Wooks to put the Black Hats on edge.

The right-hander then drew a bound off the last of the 19th ball to score the win with an extra boost to end England’s bid to become the first team to hold both the 50th World Cup and T20 World Cup.

After such a painful defeat to England in the 2019 World Cup Final, New Zealand have gained a small amount of revenge and now have a chance to add the T20 crown to the ICC World Test Championship they won earlier in the year.

James Nesham hits 27 from 11 balls to change the momentum

James Nesham hits 27 from 11 balls to change the momentum

Ken Williamson did not hesitate to opt for pursuit after winning the draw, continuing the trend in the tournament, and with Tim Southey and Trent Bolt stepping in and finding some swing with the new ball, a cautious start to England’s opener took place.

Jos Buttler moved things up with straight limits off Boult and Jonny Bairstow (13 of 17), was promoted to the top of the standings in Jason Roy’s absence, and added four from his back over Southee’s header, only to drop for Adam Milne’s first ball in the next – Williamson had a Good ball in the middle of the field.

The big break came at the start of the ninth inning when Ish Sodhi (1-32) took Butler (29 of 24) lbs away from the backhand, and England’s most dangerous player was gone before he could do any real damage.

Moin Ali came to join Dawid Malan, who was brought down early on by Devon Conway, and the two left-handers initially took a more conservative approach, keeping score when we managed to dominate the surface.

Malan was the first to raise his prequel, striking beautifully through the overtime cover four times to find the limit to help bring the 50th Partnership.

World No. 2 T20I hitter Southee (1-24) hit over halfway in the first six of the day to move into the 1940s, but went to the next ball, heading to Conway to bring Liam Livingstone into the crease.

Initially, it was Ali who attacked the Black Caps, spinning Sodhi and then Milne’s pace (1-31) high up the side of the leg to the max before Livingston fired the last in the head for another six.

England were getting the big finishing touch they wanted, and even when Livingston dropped two balls at the last end, Ali (51 numbers out of 37) lifted the ball in midfield to score one goal four times to hit his half-century of age and drop. Of the last ball from Glenn Phillips allowed England two more times – making it 99 in the last 10.

New Zealand quickly found themselves against them as opener Martin Gopetel (4) fell to the Woakes for the first time before England tailor Kiwi Talisman Williamson (5) – the right-handed man fouled a downhill shot to Adil Rashid with a short thin leg – as part of the maiden wicket in the the second.

Chris Walks cast a great opening spell and took the key points of Martin Goptil and Ken Williamson

Chris Walks cast a great opening spell and took the key points of Martin Goptil and Ken Williamson

Mitchell and Conway helped prevent a complete breakdown and gradually rebuild the roles, but with England’s bowlers showing superb discipline, scoring was difficult and New Zealand faced 58-2 halfway through the chase, needing 109 more in the second half.

Mark Wood’s first two performances cost just 10 runs, but New Zealand came out with a renewed goal after the drinks break and took 15 from the third fast bowler.

Another productivity was followed up against Rashid but the run was still over 10 and New Zealand had to keep coming, which resulted in Conway (46 of 38) getting past one by Livingston and getting stuck by Butler.

The impressive Livingston team (2-22) went on to reach the finals and the decision paid off because Phillips – the man with the most sixes in T20 cricket this year – was caught long to pile on the pressure on the new. Zealand.

England were hugely mistaken if they thought the match was over, though, as Neesham put the Black Hats right back straight into a superb 17th spot with Chris Jordan (0-31) throwing a two wide, with two sixes – including one Bairstow grabbed it but couldn’t shake it completely before his knee hit the boundary pad – and a total of 23 hits were scored.

This gave New Zealand all the momentum they needed as 57 of the 24 balls required became 34 of 18 and then 20 of 13 as Neesham and Mitchell cleared the ropes of Rashid (1-39).

The England footballer grabbed Neesham for the last ball at the end to leave the game in the balance, but Mitchell quickly made it back to New Zealand with six straight sixes on the side of the leg off the Woakes (2-36).

A pair of singles followed before it was left to Mitchell to push the boundaries of victory and send New Zealand to Sunday’s final.

What then?

Pakistan And Australia Battle in Dubai on Thursday (1.30pm, Sky Sports Cricket) in the second semi-final, all bidding to join New Zealand in Sunday’s final (1.30pm, Sky Sports Cricket and main event), also in Dubai.

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