T20 WC : New Zealand upset England to enter the finals

T20 WC : New Zealand upset England to enter the finals

New Zealand defeated England by 5 wickets in the semi final of the ongoing ICC Mens T20 World Cup to secure a place in the finals. This is the first time the Kiwis will be playing the finals of the T20 World Cup. Their journey ended in semifinal in 2007 and 2016. 

New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first. England finished on 166/4 from 20 overs. Moeen Ali was the top scorer for them with an unbeaten 51 runs from 37 balls. Moeen's innings included 3 fours and 2 sixes. Dawid Malan scored 41 runs while opener Jos Buttler contributed 29 runs. Tim Southee, James Neesham, Ish Sodhi and Adam Milne shared a wicket each for New Zealand.

Chasing a target of 167 runs to win, New Zealand lost opener Martin Guptill and skipper Kane Williamson early as they were once struggling at 2-13 from 2.4 overs. Malan and Buttler added 82 runs for the third wicket to get their team back in the match. James Neesham provided the finishing touch with his 11 ball 27 including 3 sixes and a four.

The winner of the second semi final between Australia and Pakitan will join New Zealand in the finals.

Match Summary :
New Zealand 167 for 5 (Mitchell 72*, Conway 46, Neesham 27; Livingstone 2-22)
England 166 for 4 (Malan 41, Moeen 51*; Southee 1-24)
by 5 wickets