T20 World Cup 2021: Twitter Erupts As New Zealand March Into The Final After Thumping England By 5 Wickets
T20 World Cup 2021: Twitter Erupts As New Zealand March Into The Final After Thumping England By 5 Wickets

Daryl Mitchell’s terrific knock of 72 runs from 47 balls helped New Zealand to their maiden T20 World Cup final by defeating England in the semi-final on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.

Chasing 167, Martin Guptill smashed Chris Woakes over cover for a boundary on the first ball, but the pacer dismissed Guptill on the third ball. In his next over, Woakes then struck a big blow to the Kiwis, getting rid of their captain Kane Williamson, leaving New Zealand reeling at 13/2.

Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway stabilised the innings taking them further unscathed in the powerplay, which New Zealand ended at 36/2.

The pair added 22 runs in the next four overs before Conway freed his arms against Mark Wood, smashing him over backward point before Mitchell thumped Adil Rashid for a straight six. The stand between Mitchell and Conway, of 82 runs from 67 balls, was broken by Liam Livingstone, when he had Conway stumped. Livingstone also had Glenn Phillips, holing down at long-off.

Chris Jordan conceded 23 runs in the 17th over, wherein he was walloped for two sixes by James Neesham bringing down the required rate just under 12. Rashid was slogged for two sixes, one each by Neesham and Mitchell, who also raised his fifty, but the leg-spinner managed to dismiss the left-hander on the last ball of his spell, leaving New Zealand needing 20 off the last two overs.

Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell
Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Mitchell pounded Woakes for two sixes on the leg side before finishing the game with a boundary on the last ball of the 19th over.

Earlier, after being put in to bat first, England openers Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow were kept tied down for the first three overs, scoring 13 runs. Trent Boult then leaked 16 runs in the fourth and Tim Southee conceded 8 in the fifth with both openers scoring boundaries.

Adam Milne struck on the first ball of the sixth over with Bairstow’s wicket, caught by Williamson at mid-off. England ended the powerplay at 40/1. Buttler was the next batsman to be dismissed as he missed a reverse sweep to Ish Sodhi, getting out lbw for 29 off 24 balls.

Dawid Malan then brought out a flurry of well-timed boundaries on the off-side; Moeen Ali, though, wasn’t as fluent at the other end. Malan pulled Southee for the first six off England’s innings, but the veteran pacer had the last laugh, edging Malan (42 off 30) to the wicket-keeper.

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali. Image-Twitter

Moeen deposited Sodhi and Milne for a six each over deep mid-wicket, before Liam Livingstone launched Milne for a maximum down the ground. The last two overs yielded 20 runs for England, wherein Moeen reached his fifty off 36 balls, helping his side put up 166 on the board.

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