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ENG vs NZ, T20 World Cup Match Highlights: Mitchell (72* off 47), Neesham (27 off 11) fire New Zealand into the Finals


Follow the highlights from the ICC T20 World Cup Semifinals between England and New Zealand at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on November 10.

ENG vs NZ, T20 World Cup Match Highlights: Mitchell (72* off 47), Neesham (27 off 11) fire New Zealand into the Finals
  • Well England and New Zealand have just raised the bar with that game and now it's on to Pakistan and Australia as they lock horns in the second semifinal tomorrow at 7:30 PM IST. Join us again for all the updates from that game tomorrow right here on our page. Till then it's goodnight and goodbye. 

  • Kane Williamson (New Zealand Captain): Most players have played together in various tournaments. Knew it was going to be a great game of cricket. Thought they had a pretty competitive total. But just by staying in there, building the partnerships and cashing in on some moments, some matchups. Definitely something that stood out today (Mitchell's character). Has batted beautifully in a high pressure situation. T20 cricket - it's a game of small margins. Depending on the surface, the short side - these things can be match-defining. He came out and hit the ball hard, that's what he does (neesham). Changed the momentum really. Fantastic knock from Daryll, hit the big shots when it counted. We'll be following that match - going to be fantastic. We know we have another challenge coming up and we'll change our focus after tonight.

  • Eoin Morgan (England Captain): Coming into the game we knew both sides were close in skill. Full credit to Kane and his team. They outplayed us today. Have represented ourselves in this tournament really well. Proud of the guys. They have given everything in this tournament. Thought we were right in the game until probably the 17th, 18th overs. We had them exactly where we wanted them up until that point. It was (sluggish). We're a six-hitting side but we struggled to hit sixes. But we hung in there and posted probably a par score. To come out and hit sixes from ball one like that - full credit to him (Neesham). Absolutely love playing cricket at the moment. At the forefront of change both on and off the field (the team).

  • Daryl Mitchell (72* off 47 balls) - Player of the Match: It was a bit of a whirl at the end there. I couldn't remember what was going on, but I'm happy I got the job done. It was a challenging surface, with the new ball, and it was two-paced. The way Conway set the platform and Neesh hit a few out of the ground was amazing. We knew one or two good overs would do it, and we got the momentum back thanks to Neesham's hitting. With what's going on around the world right now, it's amazing that my old man travelled half way around the world to watch me play, so this is a proud moment.

  • New Zealand win by 5 wickets. 

  • Mitchell slaps the 1st ball down the ground for 2 runs. He then tears into Woakes to launch back-to-back SIXES off the next two balls. Mitchell looks to pull on the 4th ball but only gets a thick edge for a single. Woakes sends down a slower ball to Santher who muscles it over mid-wicekt for a run. Mitchell then closes it out with a pull to backward square leg for FOUR! New Zealand finally extract sweet revenge with a brilliant victory after looking down and out midway through the innings. 

    New Zealand 167/5 after 19 overs. 

  • FOUR! Full toss to end the over and Mitchell pulls it through backward square leg to take his team across the line. 

  • SIX! Short again and this time Mitchell pulls it over deep mid-wicket for back-to-back sixes. 

  • SIX! Mitchell just waits back in his crease and slaps the ball high over long-on for a maximum. 

  • Chris Woakes [3.0-1-16-2] is back into the attack.

  • 14 runs and a wicket from that over as New Zealand have left this game balanced on a knife’s edge. Neesham slogs the 2nd ball high over deep mid-wicket for SIX. He slaps the 3rd ball to extra cover for a single. Mitchell then launches the 4th ball over long-on for SIX and also brings up his FIFTY! He pushes the 5th ball to cover for a single. CAUGHT! Neesham looks to find the boundary again on the last ball but this time finds the England skipper who makes no mistake. Just 20 needed from 12 balls now. This can go either way. 

    New Zealand 147/5 after 18 overs. 

  • Short and wide from Rashid and this time Neesham doesn't get enough on it as Morgan takes a good catch while running back from extra cover. 

    Neesham c Morgan b Adil Rashid 27 (11) 

  • FIFTY up for Mitchell! 52* (41)

  • SIX! Flat onto the stumps from Rashid and Mitchell launches it over long-on to bring up his FIFTY! 

  • SIX! Neesham is going beserk here as he connects with the slog-sweep to send it flying over deep mid-wicket. 

  • Adil Rashid [3.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack.

  • Neesham just dragged the game back for the Kiwis and he does it with plenty of drama in the over. He slams the first ball for a flat SIX and misses with the swing on the next ball as they grab 2 leg byes. Jordan fires the next ball wide and has to reload. Neesham slams the 3rd ball down the ground for FOUR. The next ball is wide again from Jordan conceding needless extras. Neesham then uses the slog sweep to send it towards long-on and Bairstow does excellently but is unlucky as he knee just touches the rope resulting in SIX. Neesham then drags the 5th ball to long-on for 2 runs and ends the over with a single. 23 runs off the over and 34 needed from 18 balls now. 

    New Zealand 133/4 after 17 overs. 

  • SIX! Excellent drama at Abu Dhabi! Neesham gets down on one knee and slog sweeps to send it flying towards long-on. Baristow gets across and grabs the ball just as it flying over the ropes and relays it back to the man inside. However, replays show his knee touched the rope resulting in a maximum. Now that's something we've seen before but with roles reversed as Boult carried a catch over the line in the ODI world cup. 

  • FOUR! Too full from Jordan now and Neesham sends it flying down the ground for a one-bounce four at long-on. 

  • SIX! Back of length delivery outside off from Jordan to start and Neesham pulls it over square leg for a flat six. 

  • Chris Jordan [2.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack.

  • Excellent final over from Livingstone as he puts England in the driver’s seat going into the death overs. He tosses it up to Phillips who launches it high to long-off for an easy catch. Livingstone then does excellently as he sends down 3 dots to Mitchell. The 5th ball is flat onto the stumps which Mitchell can only flick to mid-wicket for a single. The next ball is wide down leg and Livingstone has to reload. Neesham mistimes the sweep on the last ball but they get a single. 3 runs and a wicket come from the over. Livingstone finishes his spell with impressive figures of 4-0-22-2. New Zealand need 57 from 26 balls to win. 

    New Zealand 110/4 after 16 overs. 

  • James Neesham, left handed bat, comes to the crease.

  • Livingstone tosses it up to Phillips on the 1st delivery and the Kiwi batter goes for the big shot but only gets a thick leading edge to long-off for an easy catch. 

    Glenn Phillips c Billings b Livingstone 2 (4)

  • Good start by Wood as he gives away just singles off the first 2 balls. Mitchell swings at the 3rd delivery but it flies off the outside edge to third man for 2 runs. Mitchell then looks to pull but it flies off the edge to fine leg for FOUR. Wood does well as he closes out the over with just singles off the last 2 balls. 10 runs come off the over. 

    New Zealand 107/3 after 15 overs. 

  • FOUR! Wood bangs it short and Mitchell goes for the pull but it only flies off the edge to fine leg. 

  • Mark Wood [3.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack.

  • Really good start by Livingstone as he gives away just 3 runs off the first 3 balls. Livingstone then spots Conway dancing down the track and fires it quicker for Buttler to knock off the bails. Phillips walks out and misses with the cut as they steal a bye. Mitchell drives the last ball to cover for a single. 5 runs and a wicket comes off the over. New Zealand need 70 from 36 balls now. 

    New Zealand 97/3 after 14 overs. 

  • Glenn Phillips, right handed bat, comes to the crease.

  • Conway comes dancing down the track but Livingstone drags it short to beat the outside edge giving Buttler plenty of time to knock off the bails. 

    Conway st Buttler b Livingstone 46 (38) 

Hello and welcome to our live coverage from the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 being held in the UAE and Oman. We're all set for the semifinals stage and it's England taking on New Zealand in the first semifinal fixture at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Which cricket fan can forget that memorable ODI World Cup final at Lord's, just two years ago where England were crowned World Champions based on boundary count after the match and super over both ended in ties. It was a game that no team deserved to lose but such is the nature of sport that we can have only one champion. Kane Williamson and his team will be itching to get their revenge for that heart-breaking defeat and with another shot at a world title at stake, they couldn't have asked for a better occasion.

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