New Zealand ends England’s World Cup hopes

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Abu Dhabi
England 166-4 (20 overs): Moeen 51 * (37), Malan 41 (30)
New Zealand 167-5 (19 overs): Mitchell 72 * (47), Conway 46 (38)
New Zealand won by five wickets

New Zealand ended England’s hopes of the men’s T20 World Cup with a spectacular semi-final victory in Abu Dhabi.

England looked to be heading towards Sunday’s final until an assault by Jimmy Neesham turned the match in favor of New Zealand in a thrilling final.

Neesham crushed three sixes, each a body shot to England’s hopes, as the Black Caps’ 167 chase came to life.

The off-roader was caught on 27 of 11 balls in the 18th minute, but, with a necessary 20 of 12 balls, starter Daryl Mitchell took the attack.

He hit Chris Woakes for two sixes, finishing 72 not out of 47 balls as New Zealand won by five wickets with one more to spare.

England made it through the group stage with four complete victories, but their quest to become the first team to hold the Men’s 50 Overs and T20 World Cups is now over.

New Zealand, incredibly beaten when both sides met in the 2019 World Cup Final, will face Australia or Pakistan, who will meet on Thursday, in Dubai on Sunday.

New Zealand turns England around

Victory may not come the victory of England on that famous day at Lord’s in 2019, it is unlikely that anything could, but, as many of New Zealand’s same players celebrated Mitchell hitting the winning runs, that defeat may. not hurt so much now.

As with that game, there were dramatic changes to this one and England seemed to be a huge favorite for much of the New Zealand chase.

Woakes appeared to have landed key shots in the first three overs as he had the dangerous Martin Guptill grab a four lead and captain Kane Williamson took the short, thin leg for five. New Zealand was 13-2.

Even when Mitchell and Devon Conway combined for a position of 82, it felt like England was in control, with the required race pace.

But Neesham, who hit in that super-over loss in 2019, played the crucial hand to win the game this time around.

With a required 57 of 24 balls, he snatched Chris Jordan for two leg sixes. When 23 races came out of that, England’s bowling alley began to fail.

Left-hander Neesham followed that up by beating Adil Rashid tall and long over the middle of the wicket in the next over and, out of nowhere, New Zealand was galloping to victory.

Neesham was caught in additional coverage on the last ball of 18 to give England a glimmer of hope, but when Woakes faltered, Mitchell pounced. Two more sixes from the sides of the legs were hit and New Zealand had their dramatic success.

England’s turn to feel the pain of the chase

At the incredible meeting in 2019 it was New Zealand bowlers slammed into the stands, this time by Ben Stokes, but here it was England’s turn to feel the heat.

Jordan’s over, in which he threw two pitches, turned out to be the turning point. In the end, he and the other bowlers also put the ball into Neesham and Mitchell’s hitting goals.

For a moment, England appeared to have stopped Neesham’s hitting early when, smashing the second of those six, Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone appeared to have combined for a remarkable relief catch.

However, replays showed that Bairstow landed on the boundary sponge just before unloading Livingstone. It was another incident reminiscent of 2019, when Trent Boult caught Stokes late, but did so while stepping on the rope.

Dew may have been a factor, but England certainly lost the killing skills of Jofra Archer and Tymal Mills, both absent through injury.

While he couldn’t be at his explosive best moment with the bat, his 166-4, which included 51 non-Moeen Ali and 41 from Dawid Malan, seemed like a good total given the pressure of a knockout match.

They only have at least one more year to wait until the next T20 World Cup, which will be played in Australia this coming October and November.

Captain Eoin Morgan also suggested after the game that he would stay to lead England’s search for another white ball trophy.

‘We were in the game until the 17th’ – reaction

England Captain Eoin Morgan: “I can’t fault anything that we have done tonight. We have fought incredibly hard during this tournament. We have represented ourselves incredibly well, but tonight we fell short. I am extremely proud of the guys.”

“It’s hard to pinpoint the key moments. We were good in the game from our inning to the end of 17.”

Daryl Mitchell Man of the Match: “It was a bit of a whirlwind in the end. I can’t remember what was going on.

“We tried to hang on as long as we could and we knew one or two big shocks would bring us back into the game. We were lucky to get there at the end.”

New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson: “They had a pretty competitive total midway through.

“It was a standout blow on top of Daryl Mitchell, but it was also about staying there and profiting from little matchups. That was the difference.”

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