James Neesham
James Neesham. Credits: Twitter

On Wednesday, New Zealand outplayed England in the first semi-final clash to qualify for their maiden T20 World Cup final. New Zealand defeated England by five wickets after some brilliant hitting, in the end, to pull off the match as they were struggling during the chase on a double-paced surface in Abu Dhabi.

In his early spell, Chris Woakes got rid of New Zealand’s senior batters; Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson.

Daryl Mitchell
Daryl Mitchell. Image-Twitter

Some smart gambling by Eoin Morgan to bring Liam Livingstone in the middle pushed the Black Caps on backfoot.

Livingstone got the breakthrough by getting the wicket of Devon Conway and followed the success by dismissing the dangerous Glenn Phillips.

Daryl Mitchell-Jimmy Neesham take New Zealand through the finals

It was a daunting task for the Black Caps to chase 167 as they required 57 from the last four overs.

Jimmy Neesham charged up against Chris Jordan and hammered him for two sixes and a four to fetch 23 runs.

Jimmy Neesham
Jimmy Neesham. Credits: Twitter

Neesham slog-swept Adil Rashid’s googly over mid-wicket for another maximum before getting caught by Morgan at extra cover.

New Zealand opener Daryl Mitchell continued from where Neesham left the game. Mitchell finished the proceeding by smashing a couple of sixes and a four in the penultimate over bowled by Chris Woakes.

I don’t think, so the job is finished: Jimmy Neesham

Even after all the players turned into joyous in the dugout, Neesham was seen sitting on the bench with a serious expression on his face.

A picture of the scene is being shared on social media and the 31-year-old all-rounder, while replying to one of the tweets, wrote: ‘Job finished? I don’t think so.

New Zealand will make their fourth appearance in an ICC tournament final since featuring in the 2015 World Cup final against neighbours Australia.

The Black Caps will face either Australia or Pakistan in the final of the 2021 World Cup on Sunday (November 14).

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