New Zealand on Wednesday defeated Englad to reach T20 World Cup final for the first time. The team may now face either Australia or Pakistan in the final on Sunday.
Opener Daryl Mitchell scored 72 unbeaten to lead New Zealand into their very first Twenty20 World Cup last with an exhilarating five-wicket win over England on Wednesday. Chasing 166 for win, New Zealand were in a tough situation at 13-2 and 107-4 when Jimmy Neesham turned the semi-final on its head with a 11-ball 27 to assist in achieving the target with one over to save in Abu Dhabi. With 20 required off the last 12 balls, Mitchell crushed Chris Woakes for two sixes and a four preceding his 47-ball rush set off wild celebrations in the New Zealand dugout.
They experienced early blows after Woakes struck on the third ball to send Martin Guptill walking back to the pavilion for four.
The quick bowler then, at that point, got captain Kane Williamson’s valued scalp for five after the batsman endeavored a scoop shot to be gotten at fine-leg.
Mitchell and Devon Conway put on 82 runs for the third wicket yet Liam Livingstone hit with his leg twist to have Conway stumped for 46.
New man Neesham took the bowling head on as he crushed Chris Jordan for two sixes – one of them almost got at the limit by Bairstow yet his knee contacted the rope – and a four to get 23 runs from the over.
He finally tumbled to Adil Rashid’s googly with Eoin Morgan clutching a catch at extra cover.
Prior Moeen Ali crushed an unbeaten 51 to direct England to 166-four subsequent to being welcome to bat as Kiwi captain Williamson won an exceptionally significant toss.
England lost their openers including Jos Buttler for 29, lbw off Ish Sodhi.
However, Moeen hit back with his 37-ball thump and put on a critical partnership of 63 with Dawid Malan, who hit 41, for the third wicket.
Pace bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult kept a tight chain in the initial three overs before Buttler crushed two boundaries.
In-form Buttler attempted to revamp however an endeavor to invert clear leg-spinner Sodhi got him caught lbw for 29 off 24 balls.
The opener, who moved past Pakistan’s Babar Azam as the main batsman in the competition with 269 runs, assessed the call however replays recommended the ball would have hit his off stump.
The lefty Malan, who was dropped on 10 by wicketkeeper Conway off Neesham, hit the initial six of the innings off Southee in the sixteenth over yet withdrew next ball got behind.
Yet, Moeen dispatched an attack as he hit Sodhi for a six and afterward crushed Milne for two hits over the fence.
Livingstone hit 17 off 10 balls prior to withdrawing and Moeen finished his initial fifty of the competition with a limit off Neesham.