New Zealand pull off thrilling win against England, enter T20 World Cup final


New Zealand on Wednesday pulled off a sensational win against England securing a place in the T20 World Cup final.

England had made 166-4 in 20 overs with Moeen Ali emerging as a the top scorer. Ali remained not out at 51, scored in 37 balls. Dawid Malan made 41, while Jos Buttler was out for 29.

But New Zealand chased the target by losing just five wickets with six balls to spare. Daryl Mitchell, who top scored for New Zealand, remained unbeaten at 72. He faced 47 balls with his knock including four sixes and as many boundaries.

Devon Conway made 46 in 38 balls, while it was Jimmy Neesham’s 11-ball 27 run knock that changed the outcome of the match in favour of New Zealand.

Speaking after the match, Mitchell said that he knew that one or two good overs would change the momentum of the match in his side’s favour. New Zealand had started on a nervous note with the Kiwis being reduced to 13-2 in 2.3 overs. However, a partnership between Mitchell and Devon Conway helped New Zealand build the innings.

This meant that even when the asking rate spiralled to more than 14 runs an over in the last four overs, Mitchell was well established to hit English bowlers all around the stadium.

New Zealand were 110-4 after 16 overs, needing 57 runs in four overs. But Chris Jordan conceded 23 runs in the 17th over, helping New Zealand to bring the run chase within their reach.