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Patna : New Zealand (NZ) reached the final of ICC T20 World Cup for the first time on November 10, 2021, defeating ICC ODI World Cup champion England by 5 wickets in semi-final at Sheikg Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE, as opener Daryl Mitchell scored an unbeaten 72 in 47 balls hitting 4 fours and 4 sixes and all-rounder James Neesham scored 27 runs in 11 balls with 1 four and 3 sixes, including two off fast medium bowler Chris Jordan. Devon Conway (wk) scored 46 runs 38 balls with 5 fours and 1 six. Daryl Mitchell was named Player Of The Match.
Chasing a target of 167 runs, NZ scored 167/5 in 19 overs. James Neesham turned the match on its head with 11 balls 27 runs blitz when England looked like winning the match. Mitchell hit fast bowler Chris Woakes for back to back sixes and a four in 19th over. Earlier, he and James Neesham had hit spinner Adil Rashid for a six each in 18th over. Fast medium bowler Chris Jordan conceded 23 runs in 17 over with Neesham hitting him for 2 sixes and 1 four.
NZ had won the toss and opted to bowle.Batting first, England had scored 166/4 in 20 overs with Moeen Ali scoring an unbeaten 51 while Dawid Malan scored 41 runs.