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Mitchell, Neesham fireworks take New Zealand to final

They beat England by five wickets

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 10, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
Posted: Nov 10, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago

Opener Daryl Mitchell smashed an unbeaten 72 to lead New Zealand into their first ever Twenty20 World Cup final with a thrilling five-wicket victory over England on Wednesday.

Chasing 166 for victory, New Zealand were in trouble at 13-2 and 107-4 when Jimmy Neesham turned the semi-final on its head with an 11-ball 27 to help achieve the target with one over to spare in Abu Dhabi.

With 20 needed off the final 12 balls, Mitchell smashed Chris Woakes for two sixes and a four before his 47-ball blitz triggered wild celebrations in the New Zealand dug out.

New Zealand will face either Australia or Pakistan in Sunday’s final.

They suffered early blows after Woakes struck on the third ball to send Martin Guptill trudging back to the pavilion for four.

The fast bowler then got skipper Kane Willimson’s prized scalp for five after the batsman attempted a scoop shot to be caught at fine-leg.

Mitchell and Devon Conway put on 82 runs for the third wicket but Liam Livingstone struck with his leg spin to have Conway stumped for 46.

New man Neesham took the bowling head on as he smashed Chris Jordan for two sixes – one of them nearly caught at the boundary by Bairstow but his knee touched the rope – and a four to get 23 runs from the over.

He finally fell to Adil Rashid’s googly with Eoin Morgan holding on to a catch at extra cover.

Earlier Moeen Ali smashed an unbeaten 51 to steer England to 166-four after being invited to bat as Kiwi skipper Williamson won an all-important toss.

England lost their openers including Jos Buttler for 29, lbw off Ish Sodhi.

In-form Moeen

But Moeen hit back with his 37-ball knock and put on a key partnership of 63 with Dawid Malan, who hit 41, for the third wicket.

Pace bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult kept a tight leash in the first three overs before Buttler smashed two successive boundaries.

In-form Buttler tried to rebuild but an attempt to reverse sweep leg-spinner Sodhi got him trapped lbw for 29 off 24 deliveries.

The opener, who moved past Pakistan’s Babar Azam as the leading batsman in the tournament with 269 runs, reviewed the call but replays suggested the ball would have hit his off stump.

The left-handed Malan, who was dropped on 10 by wicketkeeper Conway off Neesham, hit the first six of the innings off Southee in the 16th over but departed next ball caught behind.

But Moeen launched an attack as he hit Sodhi for a six and then smashed Milne for two hits over the fence.

Livingstone hit 17 off 10 balls before departing and Moeen completed his first fifty of the tournament with a boundary off Neesham.


VICTORY FOR NEW ZEALAND! Jimmy Neesham and Daryl Mitchell launched an onslaught after early struggles to stun Eoin Morgan’s men.

OUT! Big wicket for Rashid! He gets the dangerman Neesham!

NZ 147-5 (18 Overs)

Two sixes and a four by Jimmy Neesham in Jordan’s over.

NZ 133-4 (17 Overs)

Livingstone concedes only three runs and takes a wicket in this one.

NZ 110-4 (16 Overs)

OUT! Another one for Livingstone. This time its Glenn Phillips.

NZ 107-4 (15.1 Overs)

10 runs come for New Zealand in Wood’s over.

NZ 107-3 (15 Overs)

A successful over by Livingstone come to an end.

NZ 97-3 (14 Overs)

OUT! Livingstone breaks the partnership! Conway dances down the pitch but the spin makes him miss it. The left-hander is stumped by Buttler behind the wickets.

NZ 95-3 (13.4 Overs)

12 runs, including a six by Mitchell, come for New Zealand as Adil Rashid returns.

NZ 92-2 (13 Overs)

Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway add seven to New Zealand’s tally in Livingstone’s over.

NZ 80-2 (12 Overs)

A four and a six for New Zealand in Woods over.

NZ 73-2 (11 Overs)

Livingstone comes into the attack and New Zealand score a boundary after quite a while.

NZ 58-2 (10 Overs)

Wood comes back and conceded only five in this over.

NZ 50-2 (9 Overs)

The scoreboard is ticking very slowly for New Zealand.

NZ 45-2 (9 Overs)

Mark Wood concedes only four runs in his first over.

NZ 40-2 (8 Overs)

Devon Conway hits two fours in Adil Rashid’s first over.

NZ 36-2 (7 Overs)

Woakes bowls another low-scoring over.

NZ 26-2 (5 Overs)

Conway smashes a boundary to end Chris Jordan’s over.

NZ 18-2 (4 Overs)

Woakes bowls a wicket-maiden!

NZ 13-2 (3 Overs)

OUT! Kane Williamson scoops Woakes delivery up in the air, just for Adil Rashid to take an easy catch. Big one for England!

NZ 13-2 (2.4 Overs)

New Zealand add five to the total in the second over.

NZ 13-1 (2 Overs)

A successful first over for England.

NZ 8-1 (1 Over)

OUT! Early breakthrough for England as Chris Woakes dismisses Martin Guptill.

NZ 4-0 (0.3 Overs)

At the end of 20 overs, New Zealand have restricted England to 166-4.

OUT! Livingstone plays it straight to long-off where Santner takes an easy catch. Neesham strikes!

ENG 156-4 (19.2 Overs)

Boult concedes only one boundary and a total of nine runs in this over.

ENG 155-3 (19 Overs)

Milne’s over starts with a six by Moeen Ali and ends with a six by Liam Livingstone.

ENG 146-3 (18 Overs)

11 more runs for England in Sodhi’s over.

ENG 130-3 (17 Overs)

A successful over by Southee

119-3 (16 Overs)

OUT! Malan tries to launch Southee out of the park but the ball takes an inside edge of his bat and ends up in Conway’s gloves. Big wicket for the New Zealanders!

116-3 (15.2 Overs)

Boult left-arm pace is back! He concedes one four in what was otherwise a decent over.

110-2 (15 Overs)

Milne returns and gives away only six in this one.

100-2 (14 Overs)

Nine runs come from Sodhi’s over

ENG 94-2 (13 Overs)

A boundary-less over from Milne.

ENG 85-2 (12 Overs)

Malan is on song!

Malan is really turning up his and England’s game. The left-hander hits two exquisite drives against Glenn Phillips.

ENG 78-2 (11 Overs)

Jamie Neesham comes into the attack and gives away seven runs.

ENG 67-2 (10 Overs)

Malan plays a lofted cover-drive to end Sodhi’s successful over.

ENG 60-2 (9 Overs)

OUT! Sodhi strikes! The leg-spinner traps the dangerman Buttler plumb!

ENG 53-2 (8.1 Overs)

Mitchell Santner with more spin from the other end.

ENG 53-1 (8 Overs)

Its time for some Ish Sodhi leg-spin. The right-armer gives away five runs in his first over.

ENG 45-1 (7 Overs)

Milne comes into the attack and seems like giving some problems to the England batters.

ENG 40-1 (6 Overs)

OUT! First blood for New Zealand as Adam Milne strikes on his first ball. Bairstow is gone as a tries to clear mid-off where Williamson takes a catch.

ENG 37-1 (5.1 Overs)

Southee is back in the attack and concedes eight in this one as Bairstow lofts it for a beautiful straight drive on the first ball.

ENG 37-0 (5 Overs)

Two fours, five wides, the scorecard has started to tick for England.

ENG 29-0 (4 Overs)

Accuracy at its best! Southee gives away only one run in this over.

ENG 13-0 (3 Overs)

Trent Boult bowls a very good over but once again the last bowl lets him down. It takes an inside edge off Johnny Bairstows bat and rolls through the outfield for another four!

ENG 12-0 (2 Overs)

A good start by Tim Southee, but the pressure breaks on the last ball as Jos Buttler flicks a full ball landing on middle stump for a well guided four.

ENG 6-0 (1 Over)

Teams line-up for the national anthems.


England: Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (captain), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (captain), Devon Conway (wicket-keeper), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

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