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New Zealand stun England to make first T20 World Cup final

  • New Zealand knocked out the pre-tournament favourites England in the first semifinal of the T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

  • Daryl Mitchell was the star of the show for the black caps scoring 72 off 47 as they chased down a target of 167.

  • Devon Conway 46(38) and Jimmy Neesham 27(11) also made good contributions to take New Zealand home.

  • Moeen Ali 51(37) and Dawid Malan 41(30) were the top performers for England helping them to 166.



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England was forced to make a change as Jason Roy injured his calf in the game against South Africa and was replaced by Sam Billings. New Zealand went in with the same team.


England (Playing XI): Jos Buttler(w), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood


New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway(w), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult


Marvellous Mitchell guides New Zealand to victory


After being set a target of 167 on a pitch that is offering some grip for the spinners, New Zealand started poorly. Chris Woakes rattled the kiwis with a fiery new-ball spell dismissing experienced batsmen Guptill and Williamson.


Conway and Mitchell tried to rebuild the innings but couldn't score freely. The English bowlers bowled some tight lines and didn't let the batsmen getaway. The score was just 36 for 2 at the end of the powerplay.


But both batsmen hanged in there and started playing their shots. Conway was the main aggressor in the partnership as he scored a couple of boundaries off Livingstone and a six off Mark Wood.


As the partnership was getting dangerous, Livingstone removed Devon Conway for 46(38). Filling the role of the 5th bowler, Livingstone bowled beautifully, using the slowness of the surface to his advantage. He removed Glenn Phillips too caught at long-off.


New Zealand needed to get 57 of the last four overs with a set Daryl Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham. Neesham played a blinder, scoring 27(11) as he took apart Chris Jordan to score 23 runs. In the next over bowled by Adil Rashid, Neesham and Mitchell hit a six each to bring the required rate further down.




With 20 needed off the last two overs, Mitchell hit two sixes and a four off Chris Woakes to finish the innings with an over to spare.


Moeen Ali powers England to 166


After being put in to bat by Williamson, the England openers gave a good start scoring 37 in five overs. Adam Milne struck on his first ball to dismiss Bairstow. Ish Sodhi then got the big wicket of Jos Buttler leg before for 29.






Dawid Malan guided England through the middle overs scoring a valuable 41. After 15 overs, England were 110 for 2. Moeen Ali injected some life into the innings by scoring a quick-fire fifty. After initially struggling for timing, he found his groove and hit some lusty blows to push England's score past 160.


New Zealand has avenged their loss in the 2019 World Cup and has now entered a hattrick of ICC finals.


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