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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Mitchell, Neesham Hammer as New Zealand storm into Third ICC final

New Zealand beats England, reaches T20 World Cup 2021 final, Semi-Final scores, Best stats.







 Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham powered New Zealand to a stunning five-wicket victory over England on Wednesday, helping the Black Caps advance to their maiden final of T20 World Cup. 



Needing 57 off the last four overs (Just 24 Balls), Neesham clobbered 26 off just 10 balls before Mitchell anchored New Zealand to 167-5 with an unbeaten 73 off 48 balls and an over to spare.


 England, which had scored 166-4 on the back of Moeen Ali’s unbeaten 51 off 37, seemed in control until Chris Jordan returned to bowl the 17th over, when New Zealand turned the tables on the favorite.


Neesham hammered the fast bowler for two sixes and a four in an over which went for 23 before both batsmen smashed legspinner Adil Rashid for a six each in the following over.



Mitchell struggled to play his shots on a sluggish wicket, but he hung in with Devon Conway (46) in a crucial 82-run stand before anchoring the chase in style with Neesham.


Woakes had made early inroads in his first two overs when Martin Guptill and Williamson top-edged and gifted two easy catches as New Zealand slipped to 2-13.


England didn’t allow Mitchell and Conway to score freely with bowling an impressive spell in the middle overs and even got the wickets of Conway and Glenn Phillips.


But Neesham’s clean hitting followed by Mitchell’s superb finishing denied England a second successive appearance in the final.




New Zealand vs England, 1st Semi Final, T20 World Cup 2021, Scorecard.




New Zealand:   167 for 5   (Mitchell 72*, Conway 46, Neesham 27; Livingstone 2-22, Woakes 2-36)

England : 166 for 4   (Malan 41, Moeen 51*, Buttler 29;--- Southee 1-24)


New Zealand won by 5 wkts

PLAYER OF THE MATCH:   Daryl Mitchell




Maiden appearance for New Zealand in T20 World Cup final, stat.



End of sequence of five consecutive semifinal wins for England in World Cups (ODIs + T20Is)

Last defeat came against India in Manchester in WC 1983.



Highest targets successfully chased down in T20Is in Abu Dhabi




167 NZ vs Eng 2021

165 Nam vs Net 2021

163 HK vs Afg 2015

158 Aus vs WI 2021

154 Ire vs HK 2019

150 HK vs Oman 2015






The final is Sunday. New Zealand will meet the winner of Thursday’s semifinal match between Australia and Pakistan.


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