Highlights from the semi-final match between England and New Zealand; T20 World Cup 2021
By defeating England by 5 wickets in the first semi-final in Abu Dhabi, New Zealand has qualified for the T20 World Cup 2021 final. England set a goal of 167 runs in 20 overs for New Zealand. Early in the pursuit, the Kiwis struggled, only getting to 36/2 by the conclusion of the Powerplay. Chris Woakes, a pace bowler, shocked New Zealand by removing Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. The boundaries dried up for the Kiwis once the field opened up, and they were reduced to 58/2 after 10 overs. They did, however, able to boost the ante somewhat after that, as they increased their 50-run partnership off 48 deliveries.
Then Conway was dismissed for 46, and Glenn Phillips was dismissed soon after, as Livingstone’s double strike pushed New Zealand farther adrift. However, Neesham’s 27 off 11 balls transformed the game’s outcome by allowing Daryl Mitchell to find his range, and he went on to finish undefeated on 72 to guide the team home with 6 balls to spare. After being called in to bat, England got off to a good start in the first innings, with Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler hitting a couple early boundaries. Bairstow’s night, however, came to an end on 14 when Kane Williamson took a stunning catch off Adam Milne. After 7 overs, England were 45/1.
ENG added 22 runs in the next three overs, but they also lost their in-form hitter Jos Buttler, who was caught in plumb on 29 by Ish Sodhi. The English innings was then rebuilt by Dawid Malan (42) and Moeen Ali (63), who put on 63 runs for the third wicket before Tim Southee got the better of Malan. In the ENG versus NZ match in Abu Dhabi, Moeen Ali struck a few more big shots way to his maiden T20 WC half-century as England reached 166/ in 20 overs.