Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar (Image Credit: 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 lagging behind the chase.

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.

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.

Jimmy Neesham has been a player who would play one special innings: Sunil Gavaskar

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar hailed Neesham for justifying his potential in a big moment for the Black Caps.

Jimmy Neesham has been a player who would play one special innings in about eight or nine, and he played that today,” Gavaskar told India Today.

Jimmy Neesham
Jimmy Neesham. Credits: Twitter

“What an innings, scoring at a strike rate of over 240. He was hitting the ball well. He had a bit of luck with that Jonny Bairstow catch which went over the boundary, and it became a six.

But clearly, Neesham has got the ability. He is a big hitter, he can bowl usefully, and Kane Williamson showed faith in him by giving him the 20th over of the England innings, so yes, it is good to see Jimmy Neesham do justice to his talent,” he added.

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

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