ICC World Twenty20, 2021

England vs New Zealand - 1st Semi-Final

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 10 November 2021

New Zealand 167/5

RR: 8.79 | New Zealand beat England by 5 wickets

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That's a wrap to this exhilarating see-saw contest. We have got our first finalist in New Zealand. Do join us on Thursday for the clash between Australia and Pakistan in Dubai to find out the second finalist. The action will begin at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT) but you can join us in advance for the build-up. Cheers!

Kane Williamson, the victorious captain of New Zealand, says that they have played England on several occasions and they knew it was going to be a great game of cricket. Adds that England had a good total on the board but staying in the game was the key. Praises Daryl Mitchell and the character that he has shown throughout the tournament. Confesses that they were probably a little behind the curve but the momentum shifted at the right time. Praises James Neesham and says that it was a valuable knock from him and it was ultimately the deciding factor for them. Shares that they will be watching the second semi-final and are expecting a fantastic match. Signs off by saying that they know they have another challenge coming up and they will focus on that.

Eoin Morgan, the captain of England, says that coming into the game they knew that both sides were really good and credits Kane Williamson and his team for the way they played. Praises his team by saying that they fought really hard in the tournament and even in this game, but it wasn't their day. Says that it is hard to identify the key moments where they lost the game but feels that they lost the momentum in the last few overs. Shares that it was a sluggish wicket and offered a bit to the spinners but England hung in there to put a par score. Credits James Neesham for the way he hit sixes straightaway on this pitch. Finishes by saying that he loves playing for England and he hopes to play the next T20 World Cup in 2022.

No prizes for guessing, Daryl Mitchell is the Player of the Match! The Kiwi opener says that it was a little whirlwind and he is just happy to get the job done in the end. Mentions that the pitch was a little two-paced at the start and the innings by Conway set the platform and Neesham with his hitting from ball one helped them. Adds that they wanted to hang in there and they knew that one or two good overs will help them to get the job done. He signs off by saying that it is cool to have his family here watching the game.

Presentation time...

Earlier in the evening, after being put to bat first, England didn't get the desired start as they lost both Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler quite early. The Three Lions struggled for fluency throughout, especially in the first half of their batting innings. Courtesy of the stand between Moeen Ali and Dawid Malan, England clawed their way back and the former made sure to take the total beyond the 160-run mark. However, things didn't go according to the plan for them with the ball in the end overs and they ended up losing the knockout game.

England will be shell-shocked. It was their game to lose till the start of the last five overs and some very average bowling at the death has cost them a chance to play in the final. James Neesham targeted Chris Jordan in the 17th over and New Zealand amassed 23 runs from it. It all went haywire for the Three Lions and that over turned out to be the momentum stealer. The Blackcaps rode the momentum from thereon and demolished the target in the end.

The chips were down in the New Zealand camp. The required rate was alarmingly high. The chance to play in the final was fast slipping away. It was a pitch that demanded application and bravery. Daryl Mitchell showed both the qualities and James Neesham's arrival injected fresh momentum into the chase for the Kiwis. His sparkling cameo brought the required rate down drastically and then Mitchell took over. He stayed unbeaten and steered the Kiwis to victory with 6 balls to spare in the end. Unbelievable.

To be honest, it appeared that it's not the night for New Zealand. Their chase started on the wrong note as they lost two of the most experienced batters in Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson fairly early and cheaply. The 82-run stand between Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway brought a ray of hope in the New Zealand camp but the departure of the latter put immense pressure on them. Mitchell did spend some time in the middle but he was not at his fluent best and struggled for timing. That was one half of the story, the next half made him the hero.

NEW ZEALAND ARE IN THE FINAL! They have done it. They have avenged their loss against England by knocking them out of the 2021 T20 World Cup. The pain of Lord's, the ghost of Lord's that haunted the Blackcaps has been buried here in Abu Dhabi. What a match! What a victory! Daryl Mitchell has emerged as the unlikely hero for the Kiwis and they are over the moon. The Kiwi dugout is jumping in joy. You can feel the excitement in the air.

18.6
4
Chris Woakes to Daryl Mitchell, FOUR! Mitchell though wants to end it in style and he does so! NEW ZEALAND HAVE BEATEN THE FINALIST OF THE LAST EDITION AND HEAD TO THEIR MAIDEN T20 WORLD CUP FINAL! A high full toss, on middle and leg, Mitchell swings, it goes off the inner half through backward square leg. Boundary. New Zealand win by 5 wickets.
18.5
1
Chris Woakes to Mitchell Santner, Shorter in length and on middle, Santner now pulls it towards deep square leg for one. Singles will do it now for the Kiwis.

Eoin Morgan is in discussion with Chris Woakes. Does the pacer have one more trick up his sleeve?

18.4
1
Chris Woakes to Daryl Mitchell, Five more needed! A short one, on middle, Daryl Mitchell pulls, this time he does not get on top of the bounce. It goes off the top edge but lands well short of deep square leg for one.
18.3
6
Chris Woakes to Daryl Mitchell, SIX! BANG! Daryl Mitchell is in a hurry now to end this. He is just a big hit away! Short and on middle, sits up to be hit. Mitchell nails the pull and it goes over the mid-wicket fence.
18.2
6
Chris Woakes to Daryl Mitchell, SIX! Daryl Mitchell, you beauty! After Neesham's wicket, the onus is now on him and he is providing the late kick. Not good bowling though from England. It is on a length and on middle, this is thumped over the long on fence for a biggie. 12 needed in 10. New Zealand's game to lose.
18.1
2
Chris Woakes to Daryl Mitchell, Good running! Two taken! Shorter and on middle, this is slapped straight down the ground. They take one, go for the second. Complete it.

Mitchell Santner will bat now. We are headed for a thrilling finish, folks. Chris Woakes will bowl the penultimate over. He has been the man with the ball for Eoin Morgan. Can he deliver here?

17.6
0
Adil Rashid to James Neesham, OUT! TAKEN! The googly of Adil Rashid does it! He bowls it shorter and outside off. James Neesham looks to cut it away but gets it from the outer half of the bat. The ball goes aerially to the right of extra cover. Eoin Morgan moves to that side and takes it with ease. 20 needed in the last 2 overs!
17.5
1
Adil Rashid to Daryl Mitchell, Flatter ball, outside off. Daryl Mitchell slaps it towards long off for one. They think for the second but settle for one.
17.4
6
Adil Rashid to Daryl Mitchell, SIX! All the way! Oh, how the momentum has changed in the last 10 balls! A short ball by Adil Rashid. Daryl Mitchell rocks back and pulls it way over the long on fence. 21 needed from 14 now.
17.3
1
Adil Rashid to James Neesham, Direct hit and Neesham would have been gone! Shorter ball, on off. He cuts it to covers and takes off for one. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end so Neesham is safe.
17.2
6
Adil Rashid to James Neesham, SIX! There she goes! Neesham is playing a gem of an innings here for New Zealand! Tossed up, googly and on off. Neesham gets low and slog-sweeps it over the mid-wicket fence.
17.1
0
Adil Rashid to James Neesham, Shorter ball, on off. Chopped to long off. Daryl Mitchell gets in the way of Adil Rashid so he does not take the single. So good to see in such a crunch situation.

Change in bowling. Adil Rashid (3-0-25-0) is back on.

16.6
1
Chris Jordan to James Neesham, Fuller and on middle, Neesham, swings, it goes off the inner half through square leg for one. End of a huge over, the game has changed in the favour of the Kiwis now. 34 needed off 18 balls.
16.5
2
Chris Jordan to James Neesham, That lands in between the two fielders! On middle, Neesham once again looks to loft it over the leg side. Does not connect that well. Liam Livingstone runs to his right from deep mid-wicket. Jonny Bairstow runs to his left from long on but both do not go for the catch. Two in the end. Jordan can't believe it.
16.4
6
Chris Jordan to James Neesham, SIX! BAIRSTOW'S KNEE HAS TOUCHED THE ROPES! That is what he was worried about and that is a maximum for Neesham. Yet another one and he has got New Zealand back into the game. Heart in the mouth stuff for Neesham there. A slower one and Neesham drags his attempted heave shot towards wide long on. The timing is not there. Bairstow runs towards the ball, takes it but starts to fall down on the ropes. Jonny shows good awareness by tossing the ball to Livingstone who has come in from deep mid-wicket. Liam catches it and releases the throw. Meanwhile, Jordan is celebrating the relay catch. The throw is to the keeper's end where the bails are whipped off. Even the run out is to be checked. The focus shifts towards the two umpires who refer it upstairs. The soft signal for the catch is out. Replays though show that the knee of Bairstow has touched the fence and there is no need to look any further. Drama galore.

Is that a catch? The soft signal is out. Hang on, it is a six. Jonny Bairstow's knee touched the ropes while collecting the catch.

16.4
0
Chris Jordan to James Neesham, WIDE! This is not good, not what is expected from Jordan! He is so good at death but that is what pressure can do to you. Looks to bowl the slower one but bowls it well wide outside off. Left alone.
16.3
4
Chris Jordan to James Neesham, FOUR! Thumped! This is a huge over! On middle, once again, the bowler misses the spot. It is thumped down to the long on fence for a boundary. This is outstanding batting from Neesham.
16.3
0
Chris Jordan to James Neesham, WIDE! Pressure getting to Jordan here! Down the leg side. Way down the leg side. Left alone. Morgan has a word with his bowler.
16.2
0
Chris Jordan to James Neesham, Full ball, on the pads. James Neesham misses the whip. The ball hits his pads and rolls away. Buttler chases it by going towards deep square and they get two leg byes.
16.1
6
Chris Jordan to James Neesham, SIX! Bang! On a length, on the pads. Neesham lines himself up and heaves it way over the mid-wicket fence.
15.6
1
Liam Livingstone to James Neesham, Loopy and full around off, Neesham drags his attempted slog-sweep to deep mid-wicket. A single to close a terrific over. What a spell from Liam Livingstone - 4-0-22-2!

Change in bowling. Chris Jordan (2-0-16-0) is back on.

15.6
0
Liam Livingstone to James Neesham, Wide! Slips a full ball down the leg side, Neesham sees it through to the keeper.
15.5
1
Liam Livingstone to Daryl Mitchell, A bit straighter from Liam, it's worked in the gap at mid-wicket for a single.
15.4
0
Liam Livingstone to Daryl Mitchell, Beaten again! Liam Livingstone is all over Daryl Mitchell at the moment. Dishes out a leg spinner, outside off, Daryl has not picked it, tries to drive but misses.
15.3
0
Liam Livingstone to Daryl Mitchell, Quicker and flatter, full and outside off, Daryl Mitchell tries to play the reverse-batted shot but misses.
15.2
0
Liam Livingstone to Daryl Mitchell, Flighted and full, around off and spinning away, Daryl throws his bat at it but fails to connect.

The game is slipping away from New Zealand. They need someone to play a blinder of an innings here. Can James Neesham do that?

15.1
0
Liam Livingstone to Glenn Phillips, OUT! CAUGHT! Liam Livingstone is doing with the ball, gets his second wicket and removes the dangerous Glenn Phillips. A floated delivery, pitching fuller and around middle, perhaps a leg spinner, Phillips winds up for a big heave over the leg side but gets a massive top edge on it. The ball flies down to long off and Sam Billings takes the simplest of catches. The wheels are coming off for the Kiwis. 60 needed off 29 balls.
14.6
1
Mark Wood to Glenn Phillips, Spears in a full ball around off, Glenn Phillips forces it out to the right of mid on and takes a single. Chris Jordan came up with a good sliding stop inside the ring.
14.5
1
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, Follows the batsman down the leg side with a 151 kph short delivery, Daryl Mitchell plays a mistimed pull to deep square leg for a single.
14.4
4
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, FOUR! The quicker you bowl, the faster you travel. Wood goes short and sharp around off, Daryl Mitchell looks to pull but only manages a top edge. It flies behind the keeper and finds the fence. New Zealand won't mind how they come as long as they come.
14.3
2
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, 100 up! Shortish and around off, at 91 mph, Mitchell backs away to heave it over the leg side but ends up slicing it down to third man for two. Singles or doubles won't do it for the Blackcaps. They need to find the boundaries.
14.2
1
Mark Wood to Glenn Phillips, Again it's on the shorter side around off, Glenn taps it down to cover-point and rotates the strike.
14.1
1
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, Back of a length, around off, Daryl Mitchell steps back and slaps it down to long off for a run.
13.6
1
Liam Livingstone to Daryl Mitchell, Flatter ball, on off. Punched past covers for one.
13.5
0
Liam Livingstone to Glenn Phillips, Full ball, on off. Glenn Phillips misses the drive. Jos Buttler takes the bails off but he does not have the ball in his hand. It goes to short third man and they cross for a run.
13.4
0
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, OUT! STUMPED! Liam Livingstone does it! The pressure was building up and it results in a wicket. Liam Livingstone fires this outside off. Conway is down the track to drive but gets no bat on it. Jos Buttler does the rest behind the stumps and New Zealand are in big, big trouble now. They need 72 in 38 balls and Glenn Phillips walks out to bat.
13.3
0
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, Did that carry? Flatter ball, on off. Conway hits it hard back to the bowler. The ball goes very low to Liam Livingstone. He gets his right hand down but cannot grab it. Maybe, that bounced in front.
13.2
2
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, Loopy ball, on off. Conway hits it to the right of long on for a couple.
13.1
1
Liam Livingstone to Daryl Mitchell, A very full one, on off. Daryl Mitchell hits it to long on for one.
12.6
1
Adil Rashid to Daryl Mitchell, A single to end the over! 12 from it! On middle, this is pulled through square leg. Two taken.
12.5
6
Adil Rashid to Daryl Mitchell, SIX! That though was a tremendous effort from Jordan! What an athlete that guy is! He just could not hang onto it in the end! This is tossed up nicely, it is full and on off. Mitchell lofts it down the ground towards long off. Jordan leaps, he stretches one hand up. He never went for the catch and always wanted to push it back inside. Initially, it did seem like he saved 5 for his side but the replays show that it hit his hand and then lands on the ropes. First biggie for Mitchell! Can this get him going now?
12.4
1
Adil Rashid to Devon Conway, Now Devon plays the reverse sweep, he does hit it well but to short third man for only a run.
12.3
2
Adil Rashid to Devon Conway, Now a googly but down the leg side. Conway sweeps, it comes more off the gloves, goes fine on the leg side for two.
12.2
0
Adil Rashid to Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell will be very disappointed he did not put that away! This is very short and into the pads. Probably holds a touch on the surface! Mitchell is way too early into the pull shot, it hits the pad and rolls towards short third man for one. Leg bye.
12.1
1
Adil Rashid to Devon Conway, Slightly shorter and outside off, Conway chops it to point for one. Really smartly bowled, Slowed it up nicely.

Change. Adil Rashid (2-0-14-0) is back on.

11.6
1
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, A single to end! So despite the boundary, just the 7 from the over. On middle, this is swept through mid-wicket for one.
11.5
4
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, FOUR! Through the covers! Once again a boundary just as the pressure was building! Outside off and fuller. Conway gets it past covers. This one races away to the fence.
11.4
0
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, Good stop! Conway skips down the track and hits it hard back towards the bowler who does well to stop it with one hand. Saves at least one run for his side.
11.3
2
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, Good running! On middle, this is heaved towards wide mid on. Two taken.
11.2
0
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, Run out chance! Not taken! Liam fires it in outside off. Conway jams it out to short third man and takes off for a run. He is sent back. Rashid puts in a wayward throw towards the keeper and Conway makes it back in time.
11.1
0
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, Quicker and fuller outside off, Conway looks to sweep but misses.
10.6
0
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, A dot to end but a big over for the Kiwis. Welcome one. 94 needed in 9. A short one on middle, Mitchell looks to ramp it but is beaten for pace.
10.5
1
Mark Wood to Devon Conway, A single now! Quicker, Wood really bends his back on this one. Conway taps it to point for one.
10.4
6
Mark Wood to Devon Conway, SIX! Over the fence! Is this the momentum shifting over? Well, 14 from it with a ball to go. What a shot this is! Conway skips down the track. This is banged in short. Conway upper-cuts it and it flies over the point fence for a biggie. Kane Williamson is on his feet in the dugout, applauding the shot.
10.3
1
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, Just a single from the Free Hit! Angled into the body, Mitchell shuffles back and looks to heave it, he gets an inside edge onto the pads. It rolls behind the wickets for one.
10.3
0
Mark Wood to Devon Conway, NO BALL! Not what England wanted but Kiwis will be delighted. They have a Free Hit but they need to make use of it. This is short and on the body. Conway looks to pull but misses. It hits the pads and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye. Can Mitchell take advantage of the Free Hit?
10.2
1
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell would feel he missed out! This is into his strong area, it is angled into the pads. Mitchell looks to flick but misses. It hits him on the pad and rolls beside the wicket. They cross and it's given as a run. The 50-run stand comes up.
10.1
4
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, FOUR! Powered! A boundary after the break, just what the Kiwis needed! On middle, length. Mitchell clears his front leg and smacks it past the bowler. It goes screaming away to the boundary.

Drinks! New Zealand will need to step on the gas soon now. The start for England has been brilliant and that leaves New Zealand with no choice but to take some extra risks in the middle phase of the game. If it works out, then batters like Glenn Phillips and James Neesham will fancy themselves in finishing the chase. Otherwise, England would play in the final on Sunday.

9.6
0
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, Nails the reverse sweep but does not find the gap! On off, Conway hits it hard but to backward point. A dot to end. 8 from Liam Livingstone's first. 109 needed in 60.
9.5
4
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, FOUR! This will help the Kiwis' cause! They need a lot more though. Conway dances down, gets to the pitch of it and lofts it down the ground. Long off is quite wide and it goes to the fence.
9.4
2
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, Two! Still no boundaries! Conway comes down the track, does not quite get to the pitch of the ball. Conway looks to loft it over covers but due to the turn, it goes more off the outer half towards sweeper cover for two.
9.3
1
Liam Livingstone to Daryl Mitchell, Flatter and quicker, on off, this is pushed down to long on for one.
9.2
1
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, Outside off, Conway hits it through covers but just for one.

Liam Livingstone comes on now. New Zealand will have to go after him to reduce the margin between balls and runs.

9.1
0
Liam Livingstone to Devon Conway, Good start by Liam Livingstone! Flatter and outside off, Conway looks to sweep but misses. The keeper does the rest.
8.6
2
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, Short of a length, on off. Daryl Mitchell pulls it to long on. There is a direct hit at the bowler's end and the ball rolls away towards covers after that. The batters take one more. 5 from the over and the required rate is creeping up towards 11 now.
8.5
1
Mark Wood to Devon Conway, Shortish and outside off, some extra pace there, Conway is caught in an awkward position as he keeps it out to covers. They cross for a run. The fielder underarms it at the keeper's end and finds the stumps as well but Daryl Mitchell is well in.
8.4
1
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, Yet another single for New Zealand! Mark Wood bowls the hard length, on off. This is hit to wide mid off for one.
8.3
0
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, Short ball again, on off. Mitchell looks to pull but the ball goes over him. Was there some edge? Morgan has a word with Buttler but a review is not taken.
8.2
1
Mark Wood to Devon Conway, Short ball, on the pads. Pulled to fine leg for one.
8.1
0
Mark Wood to Devon Conway, Length ball, outside off. Conway comes down the track to drive but gets no bat on it.
7.6
1
Adil Rashid to Devon Conway, The struggle for New Zealand continues. Loopy ball, on off. Conway comes down the track and heaves it to long on for one.
7.5
1
Adil Rashid to Daryl Mitchell, Shorter ball, on off. Daryl Mitchell rocks back but pulls it straight towards deep mid-wicket for one.
7.4
1
Adil Rashid to Devon Conway, Tossed up, on off. Devon Conway drives it nicely to long on for one.
7.3
1
Adil Rashid to Daryl Mitchell, Darted on the pads. Eased to long on for one.
7.2
0
Adil Rashid to Daryl Mitchell, Attempts another reverse sweep but gets no bat on it this time.
7.1
0
Adil Rashid to Daryl Mitchell, Flatter ball, on leg. Daryl Mitchell reverse-sweeps it towards backward point.
6.6
1
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, Length ball, on off. Punched to mid off for one. Easy single but Eoin Morgan would not mind this one bit.
6.5
1
Mark Wood to Devon Conway, On a length, around off. Conway looks to drive but gets the outside edge. The ball goes to third man for one.
6.4
1
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, No man's land! Short ball, on off. Daryl Mitchell goes for the pull but gets the top edge. The ball goes towards fine leg. Buttler runs for it and the man from the boundary line runs in but it lands between them. One taken.
6.3
2
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, Short of a length, on off. Daryl Mitchell pulls it wide of long on for a couple.
6.2
0
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, Gets behind the line of the delivery pushes it towards the bowler without much conviction.
6.1
0
Mark Wood to Daryl Mitchell, A touch short and around off, Daryl Mitchell makes space and taps it down towards backward point.

Change. Mark Wood comes on now.

5.6
4
Adil Rashid to Devon Conway, FOUR! Glorious! Devon Conway is one of the best batters against spin in the New Zealand camp. He proves it with this shot. Adil Rashid floats it up around off and lands it full, Conway wears his skates to run down the track, reaches the pitch of the ball perfectly and crunches it through the gap between extra cover and mid off. It races away to the fence. At the end of the Powerplay, New Zealand are 36/2, needing 131 more for a win.
5.5
0
Adil Rashid to Devon Conway, Flighted and around leg, Devon Conway misses out there as he fails to connect with his attempted sweep shot.
5.4
1
Adil Rashid to Daryl Mitchell, Fuller and on middle, forced down to long on for a single.
5.3
0
Adil Rashid to Daryl Mitchell, Appeal for an lbw, but it lacks the desired conviction. Tossed up around off, fuller in length and it's a googly. Daryl Mitchell tries to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. The appeal is not successful as it might be spinning down and missing the stumps.
5.2
1
Adil Rashid to Devon Conway, Floated and full around off, Devon presents a straight bat and drives it down the ground for a single.
5.1
4
Adil Rashid to Devon Conway, FOUR! Devon Conway greets the leggie with a boundary. Adil Rashid tries to begin his spell with a googly but it's on the shorter side around off, Devon gets back and smacks it through the gap at cover-point for a boundary. Finding the placement was the key and it was done with aplomb by Conway.

Change. Adil Rashid comes on now.

4.6
0
Chris Woakes to Daryl Mitchell, Fuller and on middle, Daryl Mitchell covers the line and defends it back. Woakes has bowled three overs from his quota of 4. 2/16 so far.
4.5
1
Chris Woakes to Devon Conway, Risky single. On a good length and in the line of the stumps, Conway walks forward and forces it towards mid off for a quick run. Chris Jordan misses his shy at the bowler's end otherwise it would have been close. The replays show that Devon had to run around Woakes and that could have cost him in case of a direct hit.
4.4
0
Chris Woakes to Devon Conway, Around off on a length, angling away, Devon tries to push it through the line but gets an inside edge past the stumps to short fine leg. He looks for a run but is sent back.
4.3
1
Chris Woakes to Daryl Mitchell, Back of a length on middle, Daryl brings down a straight bat and pushes it to long on for a run. Perfect from Mitchell after finding the boundary. New Zealand need a partnership at the moment.
4.2
4
Chris Woakes to Daryl Mitchell, FOUR! Easy pickings! Angling down the leg side, on a length, Daryl Mitchell flicks it firmly and behind square leg for a boundary.
4.1
2
Chris Woakes to Daryl Mitchell, Aerial... Fuller and around off, slower in pace at 117 kph, Mitchell is early into the shot and goes through with it. He mistimes it in the air but it goes straight behind the bowler and lands in no man's land. Two runs taken.
3.6
4
Chris Jordan to Devon Conway, FOUR! One bounce into the boundary. Jordan serves it on a length and outside off, this time Conway stays composed rather than loose, brings his bat down properly and lofts it over covers for a boundary. Will this break the shackles?
3.5
0
Chris Jordan to Devon Conway, The batsman has just blocked that from his crease. What an over, so far!
3.4
0
Chris Jordan to Devon Conway, No timing at all. England have tightened the screws very early in the game. Short ball, around off at 140 kph, Conway is early into the pull shot and bottom-edges it in the direction of the bowler.
3.4
0
Chris Jordan to Devon Conway, Wide! Sliding down the leg side, a bit on the shorter side, Conway tries to work it down to fine leg but misses.
3.3
0
Chris Jordan to Devon Conway, Another play and a miss. This one is on a length and outside off, Devon Conway tries to slap it through the line but fails to connect.
3.2
0
Chris Jordan to Devon Conway, Angling into the batsman, on a length around off, at 140 kph, Devon defends it back from the crease.
3.1
0
Chris Jordan to Devon Conway, Play and a miss! Short in length and wide outside off, Conway has a lazy poke at it, away from his body, and he misses.
2.6
0
Chris Woakes to Daryl Mitchell, On a length around off, Mitchell mistimes his shot to the off side. A wicket maiden for Chris Woakes!
2.5
0
Chris Woakes to Daryl Mitchell, Beaten! Beauty by Chris. Serves it on a length and close to off, seaming away, Daryl Mitchell is caught pushing and missing inside the line.

New Zealand are in some trouble here. Devon Conway is in the middle now.

2.4
0
Chris Woakes to Kane Williamson, OUT! CAUGHT! Massive moment in this match, Kane Williamson is gone. England are celebrating big, they know the value of this wicket. The accumulator for New Zealand, the talisman, Kane flops in a big semi-final. Woakes has picked two big wickets in his opening spell. He delivers it on a length around off at 133 kph, Kane Williamson tries to be funky with his attempted paddle scoop. Walks across the stumps but only manages to spoon it from the outer portion of his bat. It flies to the right of short fine leg and Adil Rashid keeps his eyes on the ball to catch it safely.
2.3
0
Chris Woakes to Kane Williamson, Fuller and on middle, angling down at 132 kph, Kane fails to flick and is hit on the pads. No appeal as it's going down.
2.2
0
Chris Woakes to Kane Williamson, Around off and a bit short, Kane walks forward and then tries to dab it down but gets a bottom edge. The ball rolls softly near the stumps.
2.1
0
Chris Woakes to Kane Williamson, A touch short around middle and leg, Kane Williamson tucks it off his pads but finds short fine leg. Woakes gets away with a poor delivery, either side of short 45 and that would have been a boundary.
1.6
1
Chris Jordan to Kane Williamson, A length ball on middle, worked in the gap at mid-wicket for one.
1.5
3
Chris Jordan to Daryl Mitchell, Another three. Chris Jordan is too straight with his line, Daryl Mitchell flicks it through mid-wicket and finds the gap. Liam Livingstone chases it to his left in the deep, slides to stop the ball and when he gets up, he loses his balance. His weight pushes him beyond the boundary line but Liam has released the ball before that. Smart work.
1.4
1
Chris Jordan to Kane Williamson, Good length, on middle, Kane works it in front of square leg and picks up a single.
1.3
0
Chris Jordan to Kane Williamson, Almost a drag on. Jordan lands it on a length and outside off, shaping away, Williamson is a bit loose there, tries to force the issue off the back foot to covers but gets an inside edge. It beats the stumps and dribbles towards the keeper.
1.2
0
Chris Jordan to Kane Williamson, Pitches it up and outside off, at 136 kph, Kane is forward as he plays a confident drive to mid off.
1.1
0
Chris Jordan to Kane Williamson, Jordan starts with a short ball outside off at 132 kph, Kane goes on his toes but plays a mistimed punch to covers.

Chris Jordan is set to steam in.

0.6
3
Chris Woakes to Kane Williamson, Chris goes fuller and around off, Williamson flicks it wide of mid on and the ball speeds away. It keeps on hurrying along the turf as the mid on fielder gives the chase. The ball starts to slow down a bit and Sam Billings, running across to his left, from deep mid-wicket slides to stop the ball. The batsmen pick three runs. A mixed-bag first over.
0.5
0
Chris Woakes to Kane Williamson, Nervy start for Kane! Back of a length, outside off and nipping away late, Williamson stands back and tries to punch but misses.
0.4
1
Chris Woakes to Daryl Mitchell, Fuller one, on middle and leg again, Daryl Mitchell does well to flick it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.

Kane Williamson finds himself in much, much earlier than he would have liked.

0.3
0
Chris Woakes to Martin Guptill, OUT! CAUGHT! Chris Woakes has delivered a dream start to England. The English boys are ecstatic. This one holds onto the pitch a little bit and that was the main reason for Guptill's undoing. Fuller one, on middle and leg at 134 kph, Martin Guptill decides to flick it off his pads but the ball comes off the pitch slowly and takes a big leading edge. It balloons towards mid on and Moeen Ali settles underneath it.
0.2
0
Chris Woakes to Martin Guptill, Swing and a miss! Some movement there. On a length and outside off, shaping away, Guptill throws his bat at it but is beaten by the movement.
0.1
4
Chris Woakes to Martin Guptill, FOUR! Bang! Martin Guptill makes a statement on the first ball. Short in length and outside off, Guptill latches onto it and smashes it over covers. You can't afford to offer width to Martin.