T20 World Cup: Daryl Mitchell’s blitz helps New Zealand beat England in suspenseful semi-final | Cricket News

Daryl Mitchell scores brilliant 72 no to lead New Zealand to victory

Stunning late strikes from Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham brought New Zealand to a thrilling five-wicket victory over England to take their place in the T20 World Cup final.

Set 167 to win in Abu Dhabi, New Zealand looked struggling at 107-4 in the 16th, but a brilliant 11-ball blitz from Neesham brought in 27 points, including three sixes, and even when he fell to Adil Rashid, opener Daryl Mitchell (72 non on 48 balls) took over with consecutive maximums from Chris Woakes to put the Black Caps on the brink.

The right-hander then tacked a limit on the last ball of the 19th to seal the victory with more to spare and end England’s bid to become the first team to host both the 50-over World Cups and T20.

After such a stinging loss to England in the 2019 World Cup final, New Zealand have taken minimal revenge and now have the opportunity to add the T20 crown to the ICC World Trials Championship. which she won earlier in the year.

James Neesham smashed a vital 27 on 11 balls to change momentum

James Neesham smashed a vital 27 on 11 balls to change momentum

Kane Williamson didn’t hesitate to choose to continue after winning the draw, continuing a tournament trend, and with Tim Southee and Trent Boult charging in and finding some swing with the new ball, the England openers got off to a start. careful.

Jos Buttler got the ball rolling with back-to-back limits off Boult and Jonny Bairstow (13 of 17), promoted to the top of the order in Jason Roy’s absence, added four of his own back to- over Southee’s head, only to fall to Adam Milne’s first ball in the next round – Williamson with a good catch midway through.

The big breakthrough came early in the ninth when Ish Sodhi (1-32) got Buttler (29 of 24) lbw on the reverse sweep, England’s most dangerous and fittest hitter left before qu ‘he cannot do any real damage.

Moeen Ali came out to join Dawid Malan, who had been dropped early by Devon Conway, and the two lefties took a more restrained approach at first, keeping the score as they tackled the area.

Malan was the first to raise the bar, striking beautifully through and over the extra cover four times to find the limit to help raise the partnership to fifty.

World No. 2 batter T20I crushed Southee (1-24) over the midwicket for the first six of the day to pass into the 40’s, but he moved on to the next ball, passing to Conway to bring Liam Livingstone in the fold.

Initially, it was Ali attacking the Black Caps bowlers, hitting Sodhi’s spin and then Milne’s pace (1-31) high on the side of the legs for highs before Livingstone threw the latter over his head for six others.

England were getting the big finish they wanted and even when Livingstone fell two balls in the last, Ali (51 no of 37) lifted the ball in the middle for a four bounce to conjure up his half century and abandoned capture from Glenn Phillips, the last ball gave England two more points, or 99 points in the last 10 overs.

New Zealand quickly came up against them as blockbuster opener Martin Guptill (4) fell to Woakes in the first round before England fashion designer dismissed the kiwi talisman Williamson (5) – the right-hander has missed a ramp shot at Adil Rashid with a short beautiful leg – under a wicket maiden in his second.

Chris Woakes cast a brilliant opening spell and took the key wickets from Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson

Chris Woakes cast a brilliant opening spell and took the key wickets from Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson

Mitchell and Conway helped prevent a total collapse and gradually rebuilt the innings, but with the English bowlers showing great discipline, the score was tough and New Zealand struggled to 58-2 in the middle. course of the pursuit, requiring 109 more in the second half. .

Mark Wood’s first two overs cost just 10 points, but New Zealand came out with a new goal after the drink break and took 15 off the quick pitcher’s third.

Another productive surplus followed against Rashid, but the run-rate was still over 10 and New Zealand had to keep coming, which led to Conway (46 of 38) passing one from Livingstone and being blocked by Buttler.

The impressive Livingstone (2-22) was kept in his final and the decision paid off as he took Phillips – the man with the most sixes in T20 cricket this year – a long distance to increase further the pressure on New Zealand.

England was sorely mistaken if they thought the game was over, as Neesham brought the Black Caps back in with a remarkable 17th in which Chris Jordan (0-31) played two wide, with two sixes – including one that Bairstow grabbed but couldn’t quite shake off before his knee hit the limit pad – and a total of 23 points were scored.

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

The English leg thrower caught Neesham on the last ball of the round to leave the game in the balance, but Mitchell quickly pushed him back on the way to New Zealand with a consecutive six down the leg side of Woakes ( 2-36).

A pair of singles followed before it was left to Mitchell to beat the winning border and send New Zealand to Sunday’s final.


Pakistan and Australia will face off in Dubai on Thursday (1:30 p.m., Sky Sports Cricket) in the second semi-final, each looking to join New Zealand in Sunday’s final (1:30 p.m., Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event), also in Dubai.

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