Daryl Mitchell’s quality shone through as England fell short in Abu Dhabi and New Zealand gained revenge for the 2019 World Cup Final as they won by five wickets.

Eoin Morgan’s men came into the semi-final in great form with Lancashire’s Jos Buttler scoring runs for fun in the Super 12 stage.

England were put into bat first by Kane Williamson and started brightly with Buttler and Jonny Bairstow showing their hitting power.

But Bairstow fell first after the Kiwi’s captain snagged the Yorkshireman for 13.

This brought David Malan to the crease to try and help the inform Lancashire batsman blow New Zealand away.

But Buttler fell for 29 off of 24 balls and England had to rebuild at 53-2 after 8.1 overs bowled.

Moeen Ali and Malan then led a fightback with the former smashing a brilliant 51* from 37 balls as he and the Yorkshire batsman rebuilt the England innings.

Malan, however, fell for a well made 41 from 30 balls after 15 overs bringing Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone to the crease.

Livingstone tried to up the scoring rate hitting 17 from ten balls which included one four and  one six but he fell to Jimmy Neesham after picking out Santner in the deep.

England finished on 166-4, the chase was on.

New Zealand started poorly, and lost the dangerous Martin Guptill and skipper Williamson within 2.5 overs.

But, opener Mitchell was magnificent and piled on the pressure on England as he and Devon Conway combined for an 82 run partnership before Conway was stumped by Buttler.

This brought Devon Phillips to the crease but Livingstone was able to remove him after 4 balls to swing the tie back in Englands favour.

Jimmy Neesham then showed his hitting power smashing 27 off of 11 balls to leave England staring down the barrel.

Mitchell, who finished on 72*, fittingly hit the winning runs to send the Kiwis to Sunday’s final in Dubai to face either Pakistan or Australia.


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