In the first semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, New Zealand snatched a sure victory from England and qualified for the final of the T20 World Cup for the first time.. When New Zealand needed 57 off 24 balls in the closing moments, Jimmy Nesham and Daryl Mitchell’s skyscraper sixes helped New Zealand win the match in just 18 balls. In this match played in Abu Dhabi, New Zealand won the toss and invited England to bat first.
The English batsmen scored 166 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. The impact of injury-plagued Jason Roy’s exit from the team was evident in England’s batting order, with Johnny Bairstow scoring just 13 runs. Jose Butler, who did well in the event, scored 29 runs, but he played 24 balls for it. World number two batsman David Milan scored 41 off 30 balls and Moin Ali remained unbeaten on 51 off 37 balls. Liam Livingston’s valuable 17 runs in the closing moments of the New Zealand team managed to reach a total of 166. New Zealand’s Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Ash Sodhi and Jimmy Nesham took one wicket each. In pursuit of the target, the English bowlers dominated the Kiwi batsmen, they tried their best to keep New Zealand out of the match.
In pursuit of the big target, Martin Guptill scored 4 runs, Ken Williamson scored 5 runs and young Glenn Phillips scored 2 runs. Opening batsman Daryl Mitchell, however, appeared to be controlling his nerves, trying to take the match to the final moments. When New Zealand needed 57 runs off 24 balls to win, Jimmy Neshim changed the course of the match by hitting 3 sixes and was dismissed for 27 runs. Daryl Mitchell hit three sixes after Jimmy Nesham’s departure to snatch a decisive victory from England and lead his team to the final of the T20 World Cup for the first time.
Kiwis completed the target of 167 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the 19th over. New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell, who played an innings of 72 off 47 balls, was declared the man of the match. The second semi-final of the event will be played tomorrow between unbeaten Pakistan and hot favorite Australia, the winner of which will fight for the trophy against New Zealand at the Dubai Cricket Stadium on Sunday.