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England vs New Zealand, 1st Semi-Final Match Summary

ENG vs NZ, 2021 - T20 Summary

England vs New Zealand Scorecard
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Match Ended   
166/4 (20.0/20)
167/5 (19.0/20)
New Zealand beat England by 5 wickets
ENG 166/4
Bat Top Batsmen
51 (37)
  • 3x4s
  • 2x6s
  • 137.83SR
41 (30)
  • 4x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 136.66SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 9.00
2
OVERS
18/1
R/W
Bowler
ECON 6.00
4
OVERS
24/1
R/W
NZ 167/5
Bat Top Batsmen
72 (47)
  • 4x4s
  • 4x6s
  • 153.19SR
46 (38)
  • 5x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 121.05SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
4
OVERS
22/2
R/W
Bowler
ECON 9.00
4
OVERS
36/2
R/W
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That's a wrap to this exhilarating see-saw contest. We have got our first finalist in New Zealand. Do join us on Thursday for the clash between Australia and Pakistan in Dubai to find out the second finalist. The action will begin at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT) but you can join us in advance for the build-up. Cheers!
Kane Williamson, the victorious captain of New Zealand, says that they have played England on several occasions and they knew it was going to be a great game of cricket. Adds that England had a good total on the board but staying in the game was the key. Praises Daryl Mitchell and the character that he has shown throughout the tournament. Confesses that they were probably a little behind the curve but the momentum shifted at the right time. Praises James Neesham and says that it was a valuable knock from him and it was ultimately the deciding factor for them. Shares that they will be watching the second semi-final and are expecting a fantastic match. Signs off by saying that they know they have another challenge coming up and they will focus on that.
Eoin Morgan, the captain of England, says that coming into the game they knew that both sides were really good and credits Kane Williamson and his team for the way they played. Praises his team by saying that they fought really hard in the tournament and even in this game, but it wasn't their day. Says that it is hard to identify the key moments where they lost the game but feels that they lost the momentum in the last few overs. Shares that it was a sluggish wicket and offered a bit to the spinners but England hung in there to put a par score. Credits James Neesham for the way he hit sixes straightaway on this pitch. Finishes by saying that he loves playing for England and he hopes to play the next T20 World Cup in 2022.
No prizes for guessing, Daryl Mitchell is the Player of the Match! The Kiwi opener says that it was a little whirlwind and he is just happy to get the job done in the end. Mentions that the pitch was a little two-paced at the start and the innings by Conway set the platform and Neesham with his hitting from ball one helped them. Adds that they wanted to hang in there and they knew that one or two good overs will help them to get the job done. He signs off by saying that it is cool to have his family here watching the game.
Presentation time...
Earlier in the evening, after being put to bat first, England didn't get the desired start as they lost both Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler quite early. The Three Lions struggled for fluency throughout, especially in the first half of their batting innings. Courtesy of the stand between Moeen Ali and Dawid Malan, England clawed their way back and the former made sure to take the total beyond the 160-run mark. However, things didn't go according to the plan for them with the ball in the end overs and they ended up losing the knockout game.
England will be shell-shocked. It was their game to lose till the start of the last five overs and some very average bowling at the death has cost them a chance to play in the final. James Neesham targeted Chris Jordan in the 17th over and New Zealand amassed 23 runs from it. It all went haywire for the Three Lions and that over turned out to be the momentum stealer. The Blackcaps rode the momentum from thereon and demolished the target in the end.
The chips were down in the New Zealand camp. The required rate was alarmingly high. The chance to play in the final was fast slipping away. It was a pitch that demanded application and bravery. Daryl Mitchell showed both the qualities and James Neesham's arrival injected fresh momentum into the chase for the Kiwis. His sparkling cameo brought the required rate down drastically and then Mitchell took over. He stayed unbeaten and steered the Kiwis to victory with 6 balls to spare in the end. Unbelievable.
To be honest, it appeared that it's not the night for New Zealand. Their chase started on the wrong note as they lost two of the most experienced batters in Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson fairly early and cheaply. The 82-run stand between Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway brought a ray of hope in the New Zealand camp but the departure of the latter put immense pressure on them. Mitchell did spend some time in the middle but he was not at his fluent best and struggled for timing. That was one half of the story, the next half made him the hero.
NEW ZEALAND ARE IN THE FINAL! They have done it. They have avenged their loss against England by knocking them out of the 2021 T20 World Cup. The pain of Lord's, the ghost of Lord's that haunted the Blackcaps has been buried here in Abu Dhabi. What a match! What a victory! Daryl Mitchell has emerged as the unlikely hero for the Kiwis and they are over the moon. The Kiwi dugout is jumping in joy. You can feel the excitement in the air.
Over 19 : 167/5
20 Runs
  • 218.1
  • 618.2
  • 618.3
  • 118.4
  • 118.5
  • 418.6
D. Mitchell
72 (47)
M. Santner
1 (1)
C. Woakes
4-1-36-2
18.6
4
Chris Woakes To Daryl Mitchell
FOUR! Mitchell though wants to end it in style and he does so! NEW ZEALAND HAVE BEATEN THE FINALIST OF THE LAST EDITION AND HEAD TO THEIR MAIDEN T20 WORLD CUP FINAL! A high full toss, on middle and leg, Mitchell swings, it goes off the inner half through backward square leg. Boundary. New Zealand win by 5 wickets.
18.5
1
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Santner
Shorter in length and on middle, Santner now pulls it towards deep square leg for one. Singles will do it now for the Kiwis.
Eoin Morgan is in discussion with Chris Woakes. Does the pacer have one more trick up his sleeve?
18.4
1
Chris Woakes To Daryl Mitchell
Five more needed! A short one, on middle, Daryl Mitchell pulls, this time he does not get on top of the bounce. It goes off the top edge but lands well short of deep square leg for one.
18.3
6
Chris Woakes To Daryl Mitchell
SIX! BANG! Daryl Mitchell is in a hurry now to end this. He is just a big hit away! Short and on middle, sits up to be hit. Mitchell nails the pull and it goes over the mid-wicket fence.
18.2
6
Chris Woakes To Daryl Mitchell
SIX! Daryl Mitchell, you beauty! After Neesham's wicket, the onus is now on him and he is providing the late kick. Not good bowling though from England. It is on a length and on middle, this is thumped over the long on fence for a biggie. 12 needed in 10. New Zealand's game to lose.
18.1
2
Chris Woakes To Daryl Mitchell
Good running! Two taken! Shorter and on middle, this is slapped straight down the ground. They take one, go for the second. Complete it.
Mitchell Santner will bat now. We are headed for a thrilling finish, folks. Chris Woakes will bowl the penultimate over. He has been the man with the ball for Eoin Morgan. Can he deliver here?
Over 18 : 147/5
14 Runs
  • 017.1
  • 617.2
  • 117.3
  • 617.4
  • 117.5
  • W17.6
J. Neesham
27 (11)
D. Mitchell
53 (42)
A. Rashid
4-0-39-1
17.6
W
Adil Rashid To James Neesham OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! The googly of Adil Rashid does it! He bowls it shorter and outside off. James Neesham looks to cut it away but gets it from the outer half of the bat. The ball goes aerially to the right of extra cover. Eoin Morgan moves to that side and takes it with ease. 20 needed in the last 2 overs!
17.5
1
Adil Rashid To Daryl Mitchell
Flatter ball, outside off. Daryl Mitchell slaps it towards long off for one. They think for the second but settle for one.
17.4
6
Adil Rashid To Daryl Mitchell
SIX! All the way! Oh, how the momentum has changed in the last 10 balls! A short ball by Adil Rashid. Daryl Mitchell rocks back and pulls it way over the long on fence. 21 needed from 14 now.
17.3
1
Adil Rashid To James Neesham
Direct hit and Neesham would have been gone! Shorter ball, on off. He cuts it to covers and takes off for one. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end so Neesham is safe.
17.2
6
Adil Rashid To James Neesham
SIX! There she goes! Neesham is playing a gem of an innings here for New Zealand! Tossed up, googly and on off. Neesham gets low and slog-sweeps it over the mid-wicket fence.
17.1
0
Adil Rashid To James Neesham
Shorter ball, on off. Chopped to long off. Daryl Mitchell gets in the way of Adil Rashid so he does not take the single. So good to see in such a crunch situation.
Change in bowling. Adil Rashid (3-0-25-0) is back on.
Over 17 : 133/4
23 Runs
  • 616.1
  • 2 LB16.2
  • 1 WD16.3
  • 416.3
  • 1 WD16.4
  • 616.4
  • 216.5
  • 116.6
J. Neesham
20 (7)
D. Mitchell
46 (40)
C. Jordan
3-0-31-0
16.6
1
Chris Jordan To James Neesham
Fuller and on middle, Neesham, swings, it goes off the inner half through square leg for one. End of a huge over, the game has changed in the favour of the Kiwis now. 34 needed off 18 balls.
16.5
2
Chris Jordan To James Neesham
That lands in between the two fielders! On middle, Neesham once again looks to loft it over the leg side. Does not connect that well. Liam Livingstone runs to his right from deep mid-wicket. Jonny Bairstow runs to his left from long on but both do not go for the catch. Two in the end. Jordan can't believe it.
16.4
6
Chris Jordan To James Neesham
SIX! BAIRSTOW'S KNEE HAS TOUCHED THE ROPES! That is what he was worried about and that is a maximum for Neesham. Yet another one and he has got New Zealand back into the game. Heart in the mouth stuff for Neesham there. A slower one and Neesham drags his attempted heave shot towards wide long on. The timing is not there. Bairstow runs towards the ball, takes it but starts to fall down on the ropes. Jonny shows good awareness by tossing the ball to Livingstone who has come in from deep mid-wicket. Liam catches it and releases the throw. Meanwhile, Jordan is celebrating the relay catch. The throw is to the keeper's end where the bails are whipped off. Even the run out is to be checked. The focus shifts towards the two umpires who refer it upstairs. The soft signal for the catch is out. Replays though show that the knee of Bairstow has touched the fence and there is no need to look any further. Drama galore.
Is that a catch? The soft signal is out. Hang on, it is a six. Jonny Bairstow's knee touched the ropes while collecting the catch.
16.4
wd
Chris Jordan To James Neesham
WIDE! This is not good, not what is expected from Jordan! He is so good at death but that is what pressure can do to you. Looks to bowl the slower one but bowls it well wide outside off. Left alone.
19 OV
20 Runs
C. Woakes to D. Mitchell M. Santner
  • 218.1
  • 618.2
  • 618.3
  • 118.4
  • 118.5
  • 418.6
18 OV
14 Runs
A. Rashid to J. Neesham D. Mitchell
  • 017.1
  • 617.2
  • 117.3
  • 617.4
  • 117.5
  • W17.6
17 OV
23 Runs
C. Jordan to J. Neesham
  • 616.1
  • 2 LB16.2
  • 1 WD16.3
  • 416.3
  • 1 WD16.4
  • 616.4
  • 216.5
  • 116.6
16 OV
3 Runs
L. Livingstone to G. Phillips D. Mitchell J. Neesham
  • W15.1
  • 015.2
  • 015.3
  • 015.4
  • 115.5
  • 1 WD15.6
  • 115.6
15 OV
10 Runs
M. Wood to D. Mitchell G. Phillips
  • 114.1
  • 114.2
  • 214.3
  • 414.4
  • 114.5
  • 114.6
14 OV
5 Runs
L. Livingstone to D. Mitchell D. Conway G. Phillips
  • 113.1
  • 213.2
  • 013.3
  • W13.4
  • 1 B13.5
  • 113.6
13 OV
12 Runs
A. Rashid to D. Conway D. Mitchell
  • 112.1
  • 1 LB12.2
  • 212.3
  • 112.4
  • 612.5
  • 112.6
12 OV
7 Runs
L. Livingstone to D. Conway
  • 011.1
  • 011.2
  • 211.3
  • 011.4
  • 411.5
  • 111.6
11 OV
15 Runs
M. Wood to D. Mitchell D. Conway
  • 410.1
  • 110.2
  • 2 NBLB10.3
  • 110.3
  • 610.4
  • 110.5
  • 010.6
10 OV
8 Runs
L. Livingstone to D. Conway D. Mitchell
  • 09.1
  • 19.2
  • 19.3
  • 29.4
  • 49.5
  • 09.6
9 OV
5 Runs
M. Wood to D. Conway D. Mitchell
  • 08.1
  • 18.2
  • 08.3
  • 18.4
  • 18.5
  • 28.6
8 OV
4 Runs
A. Rashid to D. Mitchell D. Conway
  • 07.1
  • 07.2
  • 17.3
  • 17.4
  • 17.5
  • 17.6
7 OV
5 Runs
M. Wood to D. Mitchell D. Conway
  • 06.1
  • 06.2
  • 26.3
  • 16.4
  • 16.5
  • 16.6
6 OV
10 Runs
A. Rashid to D. Conway D. Mitchell
  • 45.1
  • 15.2
  • 05.3
  • 15.4
  • 05.5
  • 45.6
5 OV
8 Runs
C. Woakes to D. Mitchell D. Conway
  • 24.1
  • 44.2
  • 14.3
  • 04.4
  • 14.5
  • 04.6
4 OV
5 Runs
C. Jordan to D. Conway
  • 03.1
  • 03.2
  • 03.3
  • 1 WD3.4
  • 03.4
  • 03.5
  • 43.6
3 OV
0 Runs
C. Woakes to K. Williamson D. Mitchell
  • 02.1
  • 02.2
  • 02.3
  • W2.4
  • 02.5
  • 02.6
2 OV
5 Runs
C. Jordan to K. Williamson D. Mitchell
  • 01.1
  • 01.2
  • 01.3
  • 11.4
  • 31.5
  • 11.6
1 OV
8 Runs
C. Woakes to M. Guptill D. Mitchell K. Williamson
  • 40.1
  • 00.2
  • W0.3
  • 10.4
  • 00.5
  • 30.6
Match Info
  • Venue Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
  • Weather Clear
  • Toss New Zealandwon the toss and elected to field
  • Result New Zealand beat England by 5 wickets
  • Player of the Match Daryl Mitchell
  • Umpire Kumar Dharmasena (SL), Marais Erasmus (SA) and Nitin Menon (IND)
  • Referee David Boon (AUS)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: England 166/4 in 20.0 overs
  • M Ali 3rd T20I fifty: 50 runs in 36 balls (3x4) (2x6)
  • England 153/3 in 18.3 overs
  • 3rd wkt Partnership: 50 off 37 balls between D Malan (29) and M Ali (20)
  • England 100/2 in 13.6 overs
  • Drinks: England 67/2 in 10.0 overs
  • England 53/2 : J Butler lbw b I Sodhi 29 (24)
  • Referral 1 (8.1 ovs): J Butler against NZ (LBW) Unsuccessful (ENG: 1, NZ: 2)
  • England 50/1 in 7.3 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): England 40/1
  • New Zealand 155/5 in 18.2 overs
  • D Mitchell maiden T20I fifty: 51 runs in 41 balls (3x4) (2x6)
  • New Zealand 101/3 in 14.3 overs
  • 3rd wicket partnership: 50 off 46 balls between D Mitchell (23) and D Conway (26)
  • Drinks: New Zealand 58/2 in 10.0 overs
  • New Zealand 50/2 in 8.6 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): New Zealand 36/2
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