Kane Williamson praised Daryl Mitchell, whose undefeated 72 led New Zealand to win five wickets over England in the first semi-final of the 2021 T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Mitchell scored four fours and as many sixes in a 47-ball shot to seal the chase with a spare over.
At 13/2 in the third over, with Martin Guptill Other Kane Williamson back in the hut, New Zealand was pushed on their back foot early during their chase of 167. However, Daryl Mitchell has stitched crucial collaborations with Devon Conway (46 out of 38) and Jimmy Neesham (27 out of 11) to get his team over the line with a spare over.
New Zealand have needed 57 in their last four overs, and Neesham and Mitchell have scored six sixes and two fours between them from the 17-19 overs to seal a five wicket win. Before, Moeen Ali (51) and Dawid Malan (41) were England’s top performers in their first inning of 166/4.
Skipper Williamson praised Mitchell and eagerly awaited the first final appearance of the New Zealand T20 World Cup.
“Most of the players have played together in various tournaments,” Williamson said after the win. “I knew it was going to be a great cricket match. I thought they had a pretty competitive total. But just by staying there, building partnerships and cashing in at some moments, some matchups. Definitely something that stood out today (Mitchell’s character). He beat 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 define the match. He went out and hit the ball hard, that’s what he does (neesham). It really changed the momentum. Fantastic shot from Darryl, hit the big boys when he counted. We will follow that game, it will be great. We know we have another challenge coming up and we’ll change our focus after tonight. “
Mitchell looked back on a decisive inning for the game and recognized Conway and Neesham for their timely support.
“A bit of a whirl, nice to get the job done and move on to the big dance,” she said as she received the Player of the Match award. “Challenging, especially in the beginning. The way Devon Conway beat in the middle, and Neesh, really helped us. It’s a momentum game, we knew we needed a big over or two, and the way he did it. hit the ball from the first ball … With what’s going on in the world, because my dad travels halfway around the world and being here is pretty cool. “
Pakistan and Australia will face off in the second semifinal in Dubai on Thursday 11 November and the winner will meet New Zealand in the final at the same venue on Sunday.