Two years ago, while the cricket fans witnessed a nail-biting and spectacular final, the match was remembered mostly for the heartache that the kiwis suffered rather than the win which allowed England to capture their first ICC event.
New Zealand seemed to be in control but then a hiccup (Trent boult grabbing a catch of Ben stokes while his foot touching the boundary rope) followed by deflection from Ben Stokes of the throw (unintentionally though) allowed England to come back into the game and level the scorecard. The super over was leveled too and the net run rate ensured that England was the winner despite the drawn super over.
Almost two years later, New Zealand displayed a praise-worthy batting phenomenon that would arguably go down as one of the best chases in T20 matches. Given the crunch situation that new Zealand was in after the loss of blistering opener Martin Guptill and their evergreen reliable and pillar batsman Kane Williamson, the accolades are seeming to fall short for this T20 New Zealand side who crossed the line with an over remaining.
England was all over Newzealand until Neesham displayed a counter-attack on Chris Jordan in the sixteenth over. While Adil Rashid managed to get Neesham out after getting hit for two crucial sixes, the pendulum of the game had almost swung to New Zealand.
Morgan gave the second last over to Chris Woakes, but the well-settled Daryl Mitchell took him to cleaners and obtained the victory in the final ball of the 19th over thereby evicting England out of the World Cup. Nasser Hussain, while commentating in the final overs, said “The pain of Lords 2019 ends in Sheikh Zayed Stadium in 2021” and rightly so. But for the new Zealanders, the phrase would be sweeter if they would manage to win their second ICC tournament after winning the inaugural World Test Championship this year in June.