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.
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 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.
Twitter Erupts As New Zealand March Into The Final After Thumping England By 5 Wickets:
Best game of the World Cup. Wow Daryll Mitchell. Jimmy Neesham the gamechanger. New Zealand simply sensational. Congratulations on reaching the finals NZ #ENGvsNZ
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 10, 2021
No Mills, No Win! #ENGvsNZ
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) November 10, 2021
Well played to New Zealand,,,,,,,,,,,again.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) November 10, 2021
New Zealand has 0 super star player and 11 solid team players. Well done #NewZealand
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 10, 2021
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) November 10, 2021
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) November 10, 2021
— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) November 10, 2021
What a knock this has been from Daryl Mitchell👏👏👏 #ENGvsNZ
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) November 10, 2021
Same energy pic.twitter.com/kMXShGQb0S
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 10, 2021
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) November 10, 2021
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) November 10, 2021
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) November 10, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 10, 2021
To find that many sixes in that chase is some incredible effort, even if England lost the plot along the way.
That's a hell of a win from where they were.
Or to put it another way, New Zealand find a way, again.
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) November 10, 2021
NZ have now made the final in all three formats in this cycle.
— cricketingview (@cricketingview) November 10, 2021
Grant Elliott in the 2015 World Cup semi-final
Ben Stokes in the 2019 World Cup final
Daryl Mitchell in the 2021 World Cup semi-final
These allrounders born in NZ or playing for NZ have something about them in the World Cup knockouts #T20WorldCup
— Shubh Aggarwal (@shubh_chintak) November 10, 2021
What a period this is for Kane. WC 2019, wtc final champions and now into the final of wt20, (ofcourse luck has played its part). Not his day with the bat, but his captaincy has been quite good this tournament.
— The Joker (@Joker122018) November 10, 2021
Boundary count: NZ 19. Eng 18. #properWin
— Ashoka (@ABVan) November 10, 2021
Will go down as one of the best knocks in T20Is. What an innings from Mitchell. #ENGvNZ
— Jigar Mehta (@jigsactin) November 10, 2021
— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) November 10, 2021
167 is the highest target successfully chased at Abu Dhabi in T20Is.
The previous highest was 165 by Namibia against Netherlands in 2021.#ENGvNZ
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) November 10, 2021
Spectacular finisih by Mitchell! Got to his fifty,almost unnoticed let Nessham tee off and then finished off the chase in style! New Zealand again make an ICC tournament final, nothing but admiration for them. Hard on England, but the Kiwis were just a little better on the night.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 10, 2021
They always had the bowling New Zealand … it was about believing and delivering with their batting in a crunch moment.They did that absolutely brilliantly today @T20WorldCup #ENGvNZ. Congratulations @BLACKCAPS. Another World Cup Final.
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) November 10, 2021
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) November 10, 2021
What a game of cricket
— Carlos Brathwaite (@CRBrathwaite26) November 10, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 10, 2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 10, 2021
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) November 10, 2021