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    T20 World Cup, England vs New Zealand Highlights

    England vs New Zealand (ENG vs NZ) Highlights New Zealand beat England by 5 wickets to punch their ticket to the final.

     New Zealand have entered the T20 World Cup 2021 final by beating England by 5 wickets in the first semi-final in Abu Dhabi. England set New Zealand a target of 167 in 20 overs. The Kiwis struggled early in the chase, as they could only get to 36/2 by the end of the Powerplay. Pacer Chris Woakes jolted New Zealand by dismissing both Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. Once the field opened up, the boundaries dried up for the Kiwis as they crawled to 58/2 after 10 overs. But they did manage to pick up the ante to some extent after that as they brought up their 50-run partnership off 48 deliveries. Then, Conway fell for 46 and Glenn Phillips followed him soon after as Livingstone’s double strike pegged NZ back further.

    However, Neesham’s 27 off 11 balls changed the fate of the game as he allowed Daryl Mitchell to find his range and he finished unbeaten on 72 to take the side home with 6 balls to spare. In the first innings, after being put in to bat, England started off well as Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler hit a few early boundaries. However, Bairstow’s night ended early on 14 as Kane Williamson took a brilliant catch off Adam Milne. England reached 45/1 after 7 overs. In the next three overs, ENG added 22 runs but also lost their in-form batter Jos Buttler as he was trapped in plumb on 29 off Ish Sodhi. Then, it was Dawid Malan (42) and Moeen Ali who rebuilt the English innings by putting on 63 runs for the third wicket before Tim Southee got the better of Malan. Eventually, Moeen Ali dished out a few more big hits en route to his maiden T20 WC century as England posted 1664/ in 20 overs in Abu Dhabi in the ENG vs NZ clash.

    New Zealand entered the final of the ICC T20 World Cup with a five-wicket win over England in a thrilling first semifinal here on Wednesday.Chasing 167 to win, Daryl Mitchell anchored the innings with a sensational unbeaten 72 off 47 balls, while Devon Conway scored a 38-ball 46. James Neesham smashed 27 off 11 runs to play a crucial role in the chase.

    Chris Woakes (2/36) and Liam Livingstone (2/22) were the most successful bowlers for England. Earlier, invited to bat, England posted 166 for four riding on Moeen Ali’s 51 not out and some useful contributions from Dawid Malan (42), Jos Buttler (29) and Liam Livingstone (17). For New Zealand, Tim Southee (1/24), Adam Milne (1/31), Ish Sodhi (1/32) and James Neesham (1/18) were the wicket-takers.

    Brief scores:

    England: 166 for 4 in 20 overs (Moeen Ali 51 not out, Dawid Malan 42; Tim Southee 1/24).

    New Zealand: 167 for 5 in 19 overs (Daryl Mitchell 72; Liam Livingstone 2/22).

    The muscular right-hander smashed 72* (47 balls, 4×4, 4×6) for a display of brutal power-hitting to help the Black Caps chase 167 in 19 overs and knock the favourites England out  in the first semifinal at the Zayed Stadium on Wednesday. He got a decent helping hand from James Neesham too.

    The Mumbai Indians all-rounder came to the wicket with the Kiwis struggling to find the boundary in their chase of 167  as they needed 59 runs from 29 balls. A tight 16th over from  the brilliant Liam Livingstone (4-0-22-2) meant they needed  57 from 24. Mitchell, who was struggling with his timing all night, had limped to 46 off 40.

    But then Chris Jordan, who had conceded just eight from his first two overs, went for 23 including two sixes and a four from Neesham that changed the game. Like Trent Boult, who stepped on the boundary to concede a six to Ben Stokes at Lord’s in the dying moments of the ODI World Cup final, Jonny Bairstow landed on the boundary with his knee while  relaying the ball back to Livingstone at long-on.Adil Rashid then went for 14 in the 18th over to make the equation manageable for the Kiwis with 20 needed off 12.

    Mitchell then embraced the spotlight by hammering Chris Woakes for the 20 needed in the 19th over to help New Zealand make the first final in the T20 World Cup and slay the ghosts of Lord’s, at least partially.

    New Zealand’s variety in the bowling served them well and their old war horse Tim Southee was exceptional. One of only three bowlers to get 100 wickets in all formats, Southee once again put on a masterclass by bowling full in the powerplay and then using a mix of cross-seamers and hard lengths that stick in the pitch to concede just 24 from his  four overs. He has bowled his full quota in all games and has gone for scores of 25, 26, 25, 15, 24 and 24.

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