England miss out on T20 World Cup final after late New Zealand batting heroics

New Zealand are into the T20 World Cup final after the batting heroics of Daryl Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham led them to a five-wicket win over England.

In the 2019 ODI World Cup final, it was Kane Williamson's side who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, eventually losing to England after a Super Over, but they gained a measure of revenge in a thrilling finish in Abu Dhabi.

Chasing 167 to win, the Black Caps were seemingly up against it at 110-4 in 16 overs, but Neesham smashed 27 off just 11 balls whilst Mitchell cracked 72 not out off 47 balls, hitting the winning boundary still with an over to spare.

Put into bat, England made a stuttering start before Moeen Ali hit 51 not out off 37 balls, including three fours and two sixes, to notch his best ever T20 World Cup score and lead Eoin Morgan's men to a total of 166-4.

Chris Woakes then wreaked havoc early in the New Zealand reply, removing key men Martin Guptill and skipper Williamson to leave the Black Caps 13-2.

Devon Conway and Mitchell rebuilt matters with a stand of 82, but when Conway went in the 14th over for 46 England were in the driving seat.

However, Neesham revived New Zealand hopes and after he departed, Mitchell saw his side over the line.

England were put into bat and in the absence of Jason Roy, it was Jonny Bairstow who was elevated to opener.

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It was the in-form Jos Buttler who got England going though, taking Trent Boult for back-to-back boundaries as England reached 37-0 in five overs, before Bairstow (13) was brilliantly caught by Williamson off Adam Milne's first ball.

Ish Sodhi claimed the crucial wicket of Buttler after he'd reached 29, trapping him LBW as the keeper-batsman mistimed his attempted reverse sweep.

Dawid Malan survived a scare when keeper Conway failed to catch his nick, and then the no 3 and Moeen Ali built well as England headed towards a competitive total.

The pair took the score to 110-2 in 15 overs before Malan tried to up the ante, hooking Tim Southee for the game's first six to reach 41, only to edge the next ball to Conway.

In the 17th over Ali too began to motor, hammering Sodhi for six before hooking Milne for a maximum in the 18th.

After a scratchy start, Livingstone got in on the act by also smashing Sodhi's last ball into stands, and he also hit Boult to the fence before holing out in the final over to Neesham off Mitchell Santner.

But Ali finished proceedings by putting away a full toss for four as he finished 51 not out, his highest score in a T20 World Cup, to lead England to 166-4.

Woakes then gave England a dream start with the ball as drew a leading edge from Martin Guptill, with Ali Taking the catch – and then removed Williamson as his attempted scoop shot fell into the hands of Adil Rashid.

That left New Zealand 13-2 but then Mitchell and Conway rebuilt matters to take the score to 58-2 after 10 overs.

Conway cracked a maximum off Wood as the 11th over went for 15, but when he fell for 46, stumped by Buttler off Livingstone, it appeared a critical moment.

Livingstone struck again when Glenn Phillips holed out to Sam Billings, but with four overs left Neesham started the fireworks, hitting two sixes and a four off Chris Jordan as the 17th over went for 23.

In the next over, Neesham heaved Rashid over the fence and Mitchell followed suit to bring up his half century, but with 20 needed off 13 balls England had hope when Neesham was caught off the spinner by Morgan.

Mitchell wasn't fazed though, smashing two more sixes off Woakes in the 19th to take his tally to four, and then with seven balls left finished the job with a leg glance for four.

New Zealand will play Pakistan or Australia, who meet tomorrow, in Sunday's final.

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