It was one of those matches in T20 history where a side under pressure, chasing a competitive score were merely hanging in the game till the 16th over of their chase. England seemed to be winning with Livingstone not only squeezing the runs in his four overs but also getting two crucial wickets. Out came James Neesham and the pressure was straight away delivered on the bowler Chris Jordan who was bowling with a fair bit of pace, hovering around 90 miles an hour on a couple of deliveries.
Adil Rashid too went for two sixes in his final over. While he grabbed the wicket of Neesham, the pressure has been well deflected back on the English bowlers with only 20 needing off the last two overs.
Morgan went to one of his finest bowlers Chris Woakes but Daryl Mitchell kept himself cool and delivered a six, the first one being a timed shot over mid-on and the second one, a ferocious powerful pull shot that seemed like a nail in the coffin for the English side.
In the post-match presentation, the Blackcaps skipper heaped praises on Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham, admiring the character of the former and the six-hitting ability of the latter right from the go. It was only the second ball of his innings that James Neesham powered the ball for six of Jordan. While Morgan believed that the conditions weren’t suited to their six-hitting style of playing, he admitted that he couldn’t find fault at their performance and that the kiwis won, courtesy of the late on-slaught from Neesham and Mitchell.
Daryl Mitchell was awarded for his 72 of 47 balls. NewZealand will now play the winner of the Australia and Pakistan semi-final which will take place on 11th November at 7.30 IST in Dubai.