New Zealand will play Pakistan or Australia in the final of the T20 World Cup after beating England by five wickets in a thrilling game in Abu Dhabi
New Zealand are into the T20 World Cup final after the batting heroics of Daryl Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham helped them beat England.
In the 2019 ODI World Cup final, it was Kane Williamson’s side who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, eventually losing to England after a Super Over, but they gained a measure of revenge in a thrilling finish in Abu Dhabi.
Chasing 167 to win, the Black Caps were seemingly up against it at 107-4 in 15 overs, but Neesham smashed 27 off just 11 balls whilst Mitchell cracked 72 not out off 47 balls, hitting the winning boundary still with an over to spare.
Put into bat, England made a stuttering start before Moeen Ali hit 51 not out off 37 balls, including three fours and two sixes, to notch his best ever T20 World Cup score and lead Eoin Morgan’s men to a total of 166-4.
Chris Woakes then wreaked havoc early in the New Zealand reply, removing key men Martin Guptill and skipper Kane Williamson to leave the Black Caps 13-2.
Devon Conway and Mitchell rebuilt matters with a stand of 82, but when Conway went in the 14th over for 46 England were in the driving seat.
However, Neesham revived New Zealand hopes before crucially holing out to Morgan off Adil Rashid with 20 needed for victory.
Mitchell kept going though to see his side over the line, and New Zealand will play Pakistan or Australia, who meet tomorrow, in Sunday’s final.
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