New Zealand Settle the Score of 2019 World Cup Final | World T20 2021 Semi Final:
New Zealand knocked out the Pre-tournament favorites of the World T20 2021. In the first Semi Final of World T20 2021, New Zealand ended the dream of England to be two-time World T20 Champions. After winning the toss, New Zealand decided to bowl first. After a good steady opening stand, England lost another wicket soon and they were struggling at 53/2 in the 9th over. However Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali provided the resistance and kept the hopes of England alive. Moeen smashed unbeaten 51 while Malan scored 41. Liam Livinsgtone’s cameo allowed England to finish at 166/4.
The total wasn’t extra-ordinary but it wasn’t too bad either. New Zealand had a disastrous start when they lost Guptill and Williamson by the third over. Chris Woakes was responsible for this carnage with his double strike with the new ball. Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway then steadied the ship of New Zealand. The stand between Mitchell and Conway was of 82 runs. It was slow, yet it stabilized the condition of the Kiwi innings. After Conway was stumped off Adil Rashid, Glenn Philips threw his wicket away cheaply and New Zealand were in deep trouble.
Jimmy Neesham walked in next and went on berserk against Chris Jordan. Neesham scored 27(11) to bring the requireed rate down. After Neesham’s cameo, Daryl Mitchell steered the Kiwis over the line. Mitchell scored 72(47)* with 4 sixes and 4 fours in his innings. Mitchell was awarded Man of the Match and this was also his career best T20I performance.
This is the first time that New Zealand will featured in a World T20 Final. Kane Williamson was the first captain to take New Zealand in World Test Championship final, and now once again he is the skipper who is taking New Zealand into their first ever World T20 Final.
Brief Scores of World T20 2021 Semi Final (1):
Englandd 166/4 20 Overs, Moeen Ali 51(37)*, Dawid Malan 41(30). Jimmy Neesham 1/18, Tim Southee 1/24.
New Zealand 167/5 19 Overs, Daryl Mitchell 72(47), Devon Conway 46(38). Liam Livingstone 2/22, Chris Woakes 2/36.