New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor took to Twitter to congratulate his team on reaching the finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup. The Kiwis defeated firm favourites, England, by five wickets and with one over to spare to enter their maiden T20 World Cup final.
Daryl Mitchell (72 off 47 balls) and James Neesham (27 off 11 balls) did the work with the bat in New Zealand’s run chase of 167. At one point in the game, Eoin Morgan’s men were well on top of the game and needed to close out the game in the death overs but failed quite spectacularly.
Taylor, who was left out of the World Cup squad, expressed happiness over the win on his Twitter account. “What a win @ BLACKCAPS. Well batted @dazmitchell47 and @JimmyNeesh,” Taylor wrote.
It was a great bowling effort from the Englishmen up until the last four overs. New Zealand was struggling to find momentum before the 17th over bowled by Chris Jordan yielded 23 runs, completely changing the face of the game.
We’re going to enjoy the win tonight – Daryl Mitchell
The protagonist with the bat for the Kiwis, Daryl Mitchell, was extremely pleased with the win but asserted that the job isn’t done as they still have another game to go. They will face either Pakistan or Australia in the final on November 14 Sunday.
“Look, we’re a bunch of Kiwis. There’s only 5 million of us, so we’re obviously very proud to be representing our country. Yeah, obviously we’ve had some success in the last few years.“
“But we’re going to enjoy the win tonight, make sure that obviously, we celebrate that, but then we move on pretty quickly. We know that we have a final on Sunday, and whoever we’re taking on should be good fun. We’ll give it everything we’ve got, but at the end of the day there’s certain things you can’t control, so we’ll see what happens,” Mitchell said in the post-match press conference.
Australia will take on Pakistan, who are undefeated in the tournament, in the second semifinal on Thursday in Dubai.