England vs New Zealand LIVE: T20 World Cup semi-final result and reaction

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England vs New Zealand LIVE: T20 World Cup semi-final result and reaction

Follow live reaction after England lost to New Zealand in the first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup semi-final in Abu Dhabi.

Eoin Morgan’s side topped Group 1 in the Super 12s, with Kane Williamson’s Black Caps finishing second in Group 2 with identical records of four wins and a defeat apiece.

Moeen Ali’s unbeaten half-century and 41 from Dawid Malan put what looked to be a competitive total of 166 on the board. But superb innings from Daryl Mitchell (72*) and Jimmy Neesham (27) saw New Zealand chase it down with an over to spare, winning by five wickets.

They will now take on either Pakistan or Australia, who will battle it out in the second semi-final on Thursday, in Sunday’s final in Dubai. The result is a measure of revenge for Williamson’s side after the agonising Super Over defeat to England two years ago in the 50-over World Cup final.

Follow live reaction from the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi:

England vs New Zealand T20 World Cup semi-final

  • England lose to New Zealand in semi-final of T20 World Cup

  • Teams met in a rematch of Cricket World Cup 2019 final where England prevailed after Super Over

  • New Zealand won the toss and fielded first

  • Moeen Ali (51*) and Dawid Malan (41) fired England to total of 166

  • Superb innings from Daryl Mitchell (72*) and Jimmy Neesham (27) see New Zealand win by five wickets

Farewell!

18:26 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That just about does us for our live coverage of the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup. Agony for England, ecstasy for New Zealand: the margins may not have been as bare and the stakes not quite as high as in 2019 but New Zealand and England treated us to another white-ball knockout classic in Abu Dhabi.

Who will the Blackcaps meet in the final? We’ll be back with LIVE coverage of tomorrow’s semi-final between Pakistan and Australia, and plenty of reaction today’s proceedings, too, but for now, ta ta, and thank you for joining us.

I leave you with Vithushan Ehantharajah’s report on affairs in Abu Dhabi - farewell!

England knocked out of T20 World Cup as New Zealand exact revenge to reach final

England head coach Chris Silverwood reacts to defeat

18:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“I’m more disappointed for the guys,” Silverwood tells Sky Sports. “They’ve had a phenomenal tournament up until now. For a long time we held that game. We controlled the game early on, but today just wasn’t our day.

“The knock from Neesham knocked the wind out of ours sails and put the game in New Zealand’s favour. We threw everything we had at them. Sometimes you just have to take your hat off.

“There’s lots more hard work in front of us, but still lots of positives to take from this.”

Eoin Morgan’s side fall at the semi-final stage (Getty Images)
Eoin Morgan’s side fall at the semi-final stage (Getty Images)

Australia or Pakistan?

18:03 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Kane Williamson didn’t express a preference on which of Australia or Pakistan he would like to face in Sunday’s final, but a chance to exorcise further white-ball global tournament ghosts against their trans-Tasman rivals would surely be tempting. Pakistan will take some getting past for Aaron Finch’s side, though - that could be a cracker in Dubai tomorrow.

England’s debrief

18:00 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Five potentially key players out but that will really sting for England. Their batting lineup looked to be peaking at the right time but they were probably short of genuine death options in this side, with Tymal Mills a particularly huge absentee, and Jofra Archer, too, on a longer-term basis. They will regather and reload and target next year’s tournament, which will be very different.

Before then, though, Chris Silverwood and five of this side will have only a brief break for air before heading to Australia to begin their quarantine period ahead of the Ashes. The relentless cricketing calendar continues remorselessly.

Kane Williamson reacts to his side’s win

17:53 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“We knew it was going to be a great game of cricket. It ebbed and flowed, as they often seem to against England...

“It was an outstanding knock from Daryl Mitchell. It isn’t an experiment in terms of his character - that stood out today, and in pretty much every game. He hasn’t done it a lot at the top of the order but he has batted beautifully. He controlled the innings and hit some big shots when it counted.

“T20 cricket is a game of small margins. We have seen that throughout the whole tournament. All the small things that come into play can be match-defining.

“We did have wickets in hand which was important and we were able to capitalise on it. Neesham came out and hit the ball hard - it was a really valuable knock for us to change the momentum of the game for us, which was ultimately the deciding factor.

“We’ll be following the semi-final tomorrow. We all knew the tournament would be highly competitive. We are really pleased with our efforts today but we know we have another huge challenge coming up.”

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Did England get their side wrong? Eoin Morgan reacts

17:49 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Might Eoin Morgan have liked an extra option in his bowling attack today? Liam Livingstone delivered as the fifth bowler but England’s right-armers appeared easy to line up and unable to use their slower balls or hit their lengths effectively at the death. Would he have preferred to have another seamer ahead of Sam Billings, who didn’t face a ball?

“Full credit to Kane and his team - they outplayed us today,” says Morgan to Sky Sports. “I can’t fault anything we have done tonight. We came up short - that can happen in cricket. The guys have given everything in this tournament.

“I thought we were right in the game until the seventeenth, eighteenth over. Their gameplan came off - we had them exactly where we wanted them until that point.

“We are a six-hitting side and we struggled to hit sixes. The wicket was a bit two-paced and offered a bit to the spinners. We posted probably about a par score and felt right in the game at the halfway stage.

On if he will stick around for next year’s T20 World Cup: “I’m still offering enough within the side and I absolutely love playing cricket at the moment. I’m incredibly proud to be this side’s leader.”

Daryl Mitchell speaks to Sky Sports after being named Player of the Match

17:42 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“[It was] a bit of a whirlwind, nice to get the job done and move onto the big dance. It was hallenging, especially at the start, the pitch was a bit two-paced.

“The way Devon Conway batted through the middle, and Neesh, really helped us. It’s a game of momentum, we knew we needed one or two big overs, and the way he struck the ball from ball one...

“With what’s going on in the world, for my dad to travel half way round the world and be here is pretty cool.”

Daryl Mitchell

17:39 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Grant Elliott in 2015; Daryl Mitchell in 2021. What is it about seam-bowling all-rounders playing match-winning hands in World Cup semi-finals for New Zealand? That was something special from Mitchell at the end, having looked hopelessly short of timing for most of the night. Yet he stuck with it, suck out there, and once he found his range he was unstoppale at the end to seal the game with a full over to spare, all while his father watches on from the stands.

A player that few thought would even figure in this New Zealand line-up has guided the Blackcaps through to the final.

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(Getty Images)

NEW ZEALAND WIN BY FIVE WICKETS WITH SIX BALLS TO SPARE!

17:36 , Harry Latham-Coyle

What a win for New Zealand! England looked ahead of the game at halfway, ahead of the game ten overs through New Zealand’s chase, and ahead of the game with four overs to go. But a death over dismantling from Daryl Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham have taken the Blackcaps to an outstanding triumph, knocking out the tournament favourites as England’s death bowling proved their T20 World Cup kryptonite again.

FOUR RUNS! NEW ZEALAND WIN!

17:33 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A FULL TOSS AT HIP HEIGHT IS SWUNG AWAY FINE OF SQUARE LEG AND NEW ZEALAND CAN CELEBRATE! THEY ARE THROUGH TO THE FINAL OF THE T20 WORLD CUP! ENGLAND ARE OUT!

New Zealand 163-5 (18.5)

17:32 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Santner pulls to deep midwicket as Woakes again tries to go short. Four needed off seven...

New Zealand 162-5 (18.4)

17:31 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Spooned to the leg side...falls safe. A better short ball from Woakes but a single for Daryl Mitchell. New Zealand need five off eight with Mitchell Santner on strike for the first time.

SIX MORE! New Zealand 161-5 (18.3)

17:31 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Enormous! Short but not short enough from Woakes and Daryl Mitchell sends him up the embankment over midwicket as he continues to hammer decisive nails into England’s coffin.

SIX! New Zealand 155-5 (18.2)

17:29 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Hold the pose Daryl Mitchell! What a shot that is! On a length on off stump and languidly driven high over long-on for six! This is Mitchell’s highest ever T20i score...

New Zealand 149-5 (18.1)

17:28 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Chris Woakes to bowl the nineteenth. Chris Jordan did such a good job of this over in the World T20 final in 2016 - can Chris Woakes produce something similar?

Two to long-on. On the contest goes...

OUT! James Neesham c Morgan b Rashid 26 (10b 1x4 3x6), New Zealand 147-5 (18)

17:27 , Harry Latham-Coyle

An opening for England? Jimmy Neesham is gone!

It’s tame, too, a wrong-un from Rashid that is short and can be hit anywhere on the offside that Neesham desires...

And Neesham picks out the England captain Eoin Morgan, who just about grasps it at extra cover! Neesham just perhaps stepped off that shot, thinking about getting through for a single, and mistimed it. But did he put the game beyond doubt? That was some extraordinary thumping.

20 needed from the last two. Mitchell Santner to the crease

SIX! New Zealand 146-4 (17.4)

17:24 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Daryl Mitchell comes to the party, and that is 50 for the opener (42 balls, 3x4, 2x6)! A drag down from Adil Rashid, at times effective tonight but not here as England begin to capitulate, Mitchell giving it the full works as he sends the leg-spinner over long-on.

New Zealand 140-4 (17.3)

17:23 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Nearly a run out! Neesham was on his way if Eoin Morgan had hit the stumps! His shy flies by...Neesham 27 from 10 balls.

SIX! New Zealand 139-4 (17.2)

17:22 , Harry Latham-Coyle

JIMMY NEESHAM! ENORMOUS! An inviting tossed-up leg-break absolutely pulverised over midwicket! Six more!

New Zealand 133-4 (17), J Neesham 20, D MItchell 46, C Jordan 0-31 (3)

17:21 , Harry Latham-Coyle

23 off the over as Jordan finally nails an overdue yorker that Neesham can only squeeze for one. The game back in New Zealand’s hands. Adil Rashid to bowl his last.

New Zealand 132-4 (16.5)

17:19 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Falls in between! The same area and neither Jonny Bairstow nor Liam Livingstone commits to it! Neesham gets fortunate again as he takes two more.

35 needed from 19.

SIX! New Zealand 130-4 (16.4)

17:19 , Harry Latham-Coyle

IT’S SIX! Bairstow’s knee has hit the advertising cushion! He’d done incredibly to even get to Neesham’s great swing for cow corner and even better to flick the ball to Liam Livingstone, making a similar trek to it from deep midwicket, but Bairstow is on the boundary as he tosses it, and that’s a maximum! Is that the Trent Boult moment?

IS THAT OUT? IT IS ALL HAPPENING! OUT OR SIX!

17:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A simply astonishing bit of work from Jonny Bairstow at long-on to flick to a fellow fielder but has he contacted the boundary first? The third umpire will check...

FOUR! New Zealand 124-4 (16.4)

17:16 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Swung through the V, not timed...but straight of the fielder at long-on and four! This is a strange strategy from Jordan, everything on a length so far.

Another wide! So often England’s Mr. Reliable but Jordan seems to be losing his cool.

New Zealand 119-4 (16.2)

17:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Two scampered after a mistimed leg-side heave and a wide! Momentum just begins to swing New Zealand’s way - 48 needed off 22...

SIX! New Zealand 116-4 (16.1)

17:13 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Heaved to leg...six! In the slot from Jordan and Neesham lustily lifts him over the midwicket fence.

New Zealand 110-4 (16)

17:12 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Four left - where does Eoin Morgan go here? To his specialist: Chris Jordan, who tends to favour yorkers but might be tempted to hit the deck on this two-paced pitch. Around the wicket to Neesham...

New Zealand 110-4 (16), Jimmy Neesham 1, D Mitchell 46, L Livingstone 2-22 (4)

17:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England have developed a special, special cricketer in Liam Livingstone. This is a masterclass of spin-bowling skill to Daryl Mitchell, beating him thrice with perfect leg-breaks beyond the opener’s swing.

A wide threatens to spoil the over as Livingstone adjusts to off-spin to the newly-arrived southpaw Neesham, but three from the over, plus the wicket - that’s an outstanding return.

OUT! Glenn Phillips c Billings b Livingstone 2 (4b 0x4 0x6), New Zealand 107-4 (15.1)

17:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Livingstone’s got another! Glenn Phillips knows he has to go hard at England’s fifth bowler but he hasn’t at all settled in, his timing horrific as he swings for the long-off fence, and Sam Billings’ hands are about as safe as they come. In he trundles to get beneath it, taking two steps back to gobble it up - a huge wicket for England, who remain just about on top.

60 needed from 29, with Jimmy Neesham striding out at number six, though the batters crossed. Livingstone producing a gem of a spell.

New Zealand 107-3 (15), G Phillips 2, D Mitchell 45, M Wood 0-34 (4)

17:07 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Bowler and fielder both hit the deck as Mark Wood, as he is wont to do, falls in his follow-through while Chris Jordan tumbles a little awkwardly in fielding at mid-on. New Zealand take a single, and that is Wood’s evening done.

Five to go - Liam Livingstone to finish up. A big over, this, you’d say...

FOUR! New Zealand 105-3 (14.4)

17:04 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The 100 comes up for New Zealand as an apparently fatiguing Mitchell continues to swing rather wildly, slicing one down to third man for a couple.

Out of control again but a valuable four! Another of those loose hooks but a meaty top edge and far over Jos Buttler and into the boundary.

New Zealand 96-3 (14), Glenn Phillips 0, D Mitchell 37, L Livingstone 1-19 (3)

17:01 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The asking rate is up towards eleven and a half as Livingstone rips a leg-break past the drive of the arriving Glenn Phillips, a scintilla of excitement for the crowd as the zing bails fly, but it is due to the sweep of Jos Buttler’s gloves rather than the ball.

Phillips is New Zealand’s best ball-striker but will need to get going reasonably swiftly if the Blackcaps are going to haul down this total. Mark Wood to finish up - England leaving two spin overs until the last five.

OUT! Devon Conway st †Buttler b Livingstone 46 (38b 5x4 1x6), New Zealand 95-3 (13.4)

16:58 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England get the breakthrough! Dangerous Devon goes, Livingstone pushing a brilliant slider out of the front of his hand and skidding it beyond a charging Conway, eyeing something sizeable for the leg side.

It thuds into the gloves of Jos Buttler who busies the bails and ends an enterprising innings from Conway, but one that his side probably needed to go deeper.

New Zealand 95-2 (13.2)

16:56 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liam Livingstone continues and Devon Conway looks to try and continue to force the pace, but cloths his slog totally to long-on, and Daryl Mitchell is nearly run out coming back for a hasty second.

SIX! New Zealand 92-2 (13), D Conway 44, D Mitchell 35, A Rashid 0-25 (3)

16:56 , Harry Latham-Coyle

What an effort from Chris Jordan, but it’ll be six nonetheless! Mitchell lifts Rashid towards long-off and a leaping Jordan does superbly to leap high above the boundary which it is due to comfortably clear, grasping at it with his right hand.

He tries to fling it back in but doesn’t quite have sufficient grip, agonisingly close to saving the six anyway but anxiously waiting for the third umpire to confirm what he suspected - it just caught a piece of the advertising triangle as it came down from Jordan’s hand and that’ll be six to the tally of Mitchell. A spectacular bit of fielding, but ultimately unsuccessful.

New Zealand 84-2 (12.3)

16:52 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A loooooopy ball from a returning Adil Rashid but Daryl Mitchell continues to struggle for timing, and can only pinch one off the pad as he swings high above its dip.

A tickled sweep from Conway brings two fine of the fielder at fine leg.

FOUR! New Zealand 80-2 (12), D Conway 40, D Mitchell 28, L Livingstone 0-15 (2)

16:50 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This is becoming a little gem from Devon Conway, a similar innings to that of Dawid Malan earlier and unfurling a similar stroke to the one that Malan used to such good effect, a clean release of his hands through a leg-break from Livingstone that strays slightly too wide. 32 balls for his 40 so far.

New Zealand 75-2 (11.3)

16:48 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A rare leg-break from Livingstone to a left-hander as he tries to keep Devon Conway guessing - in fact, this looks a strategy, Livingstone over the wicket and bowling his leggies to try and cramp Conway, and then throwing in the odd off-break as a change-up.

New Zealand 73-2 (11), D Conway 33, D Mitchell 28, M Wood 0-24 (3)

16:47 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The Blackcaps needed an over like that, putting pressure on Wood, who had bowled very, very accurately and extremely briskly until then.

Three of the last nine from Liam Livingstone or Moeen Ali - here’s the former now.

SIX! New Zealand 72-2 (10.4)

16:45 , Harry Latham-Coyle

As good an uppercut as any heavyweight! Pace on the ball, pace off the bat, Devon Conway stepping away and scything Mark Wood over backward point for a 77 metre six. New Zealand starting to fight back.

New Zealand 66-2 (10.3)

16:44 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Daryl Mitchell looks for cow corner...

But the ball tumbles at his feet via inside edge and thigh.

No-ball! New Zealand 65-2 (10.2)

16:43 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A clear approach from Mark Wood, bowling into the surface and trying to exploit the variable pace from it.

Loose! A no-ball, an over-step from Wood - England’s first of the tournament! Daryl Mitchell will have a chance to open his shoulders...

FOUR! New Zealand 62-2 (10.1)

16:42 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Chopped like a lumberjack! A great heave of the axe at a short ball from Wood and Daryl Mitchell thumps a pull, of sorts, straight of long-off for four.

New Zealand need 109 from the last ten overs

16:41 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England on top after those early breakthroughs but this New Zealand partnership is starting to build well, just about keeping in touch with a required rate that has threatened to climb out of hand. One, or both, must go on, though, on a pitch that has looked tough to start on all evening.

Eoin Morgan managing his bowlers well so far but he still has three overs of either Moeen or Livingstone through which to get. For now he is sticking with Mark Wood.

New Zealand 58-2 (10), D Conway 26, D Mitchell 22, Liam Livingstone 0-8 (1)

16:39 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A crisp reverse sweep finds only the backward point fielder and, with that, it is time for drinks.

FOUR! New Zealand 58-2 (9.5)

16:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Just short! Devon Conway scampers down and slices a drive, but it falls in the gap between extra cover and deep cover.

Same approach, much better shot! Down the track once more and Conway goes straighter on this occasion, the ball leaping on the hop over the boundary.

New Zealand 52-2 (9.3)

16:36 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Two off-breaks to the left-handed Conway, the first bouncing beyond his sweep and the second punched to sweeper cover for a single.

A switch of grip and it’ll be the leggies to the right-handed Mitchell - pushed to long-on.

New Zealand 50-2 (9), D Conway 19, D Mitchell 21, M Wood 0-10 (2)

16:35 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Wood is bowling right-arm rapid, here, producing a proper spitting cobra of a back-of-a-length ball that knifes across Devon Conway and forces the batter to parry like a fencer, sharp with his footwork and thinking to get a single.

New Zealand snare two more as a ricochet from the stumps allows them an overthrow. England firmly on top, though, and Eoin Morgan turns to his wildcard - Liam Livingstone. Can New Zealand turn the tide and attack England’s part-timer?

New Zealand 46-2 (8.3)

16:32 , Harry Latham-Coyle

An appeal from England for caught behind...Eoin Morgan trots over for a chat...no review. A clever bit of gamesmanship from Jos Buttler and Mark Wood, who escapes a wide call as he launches a very, very optimistic appeal having seen his bouncer fly high above Daryl Mitchell’s swinging blade. No edge, but Marais Erasmus signals only one for the over.

New Zealand 45-2 (8), D Conway 17, D Mitchell 18, A Rashid 0-14 (2)

16:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A disgraceful, rather grotesque drag down from Adil Rashid is met with an equally grisly grasping heave from Daryl Mitchell, dragging a ball that deserved a thumping to leg for only a single. The surface is still proving problematic.

New Zealand 42-2 (7.3)

16:28 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Reverse, reverse! Two dots as Daryl Mitchell twice flips the bat in an attempt to target the third man region, first finding backward point and then beaten by bounce on the leg-break.

New Zealand 41-2 (7), D Conway 15, D Mitchell 16, Mark Wood 0-5 (1)

16:27 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Solid enough start from Mark Wood. It will be intriguing to see how Eoin Morgan manages his bowlers from here, though, with his best death asset Chris Jordan already through half of his quota. Does he now save him for the death? Adil Rashid to continue for now.

New Zealand 38-2 (6.4)

16:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Mark Wood has been introduced for a very different test of the New Zealand batters. Two dots are followed by a two to long-on as Moeen hurls a throw in that fails to get there in time to prevent the double.

Lucky! A quick short ball from Wood that rises too high for Daryl Mitchell as he hooks and he is fortunate that it falls between fine leg and Jos Buttler, who ends up nearest to it as it tumbles down near the edge of the ring.

FOUR! New Zealand 36-2 (6), D Conway 14, D Mitchell 12, Adil Rashid 0-10 (1)

16:22 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Bookends the over with boundaries! That’s rather charming again from Devon Conway, skipping down to the pitch of the ball and driving languidly between extra cover and mid-off. A good start against England’s chief tweaker for New Zealand - remember that England have eight overs of spin through which to get.

New Zealand 32-2 (5.4)

16:19 , Harry Latham-Coyle

An appeal from England as Rashid’s googly cannons against a lunging Mitchell’s front pad, but that is going down with the turn and on the angle, as the leg-spinner indicates to his captain as he enquires about a review.

FOUR! New Zealand 30-2 (5.1)

16:18 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Rashid tarts, as he so often does, with the ball pushed from the front of the hand but fails to flight it fully, Conway typically light on his feet and forcing through an offside gap for a very nice punched four.

New Zealand 26-2 (5), D Conway 5, D Mitchell 11, C Woakes 2-16 (3)

16:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Devon Conway nearly runs himself out as he pinches one that isn’t probably there to the dynamite arm of Chris Jordan at mid-off, grateful for an errant through from the seamer, and Chris Woakes finishes up with a slower ball and a dot to Daryl Mitchell.

Spin in the powerplay for England - Adil Rashid rather than Moeen Ali, despite the presence of the left-handed Conway, who will face up first.

FOUR! New Zealand 24-0 (4.2)

16:14 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another? No, falls safe! Daryl Mitchell fails to find the flow as he swings through the line of a straight ball but manages to just about get enough on it to clear the retreating fielders at mid-off and mid-on to take two.

Four the next ball! A bit of a squeeze and a squirt through a vacant square leg but swift passage over the outfield and away for a boundary.

FOUR! New Zealand 18-2 (4), D Conway 4, D Mitchell, C Jordan 0-10 (2)

16:12 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Sweet release for Conway! How elegant, too! A decadent lift of the ball over extra-cover as Jordan finally gives him something to get his arms through, up and over like a perfect nine-iron and pitching two metres or so shy of the boundary. Four runs!

New Zealand 14-2 (3.4)

16:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Chris Jordan is bang on the money with his first three balls in his second over but just over-exerts with his third, seeking extra pace but pulling the length ball down leg.

He follows it up with a well-directed short ball that Devon Conway plays as if he has forgotten to put his clocks back - entirely mistimed.

New Zealand 13-2 (3), Devon Conway 0, D Mitchell 4, C Woakes 2-8 (2)

16:08 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That is mightily good from Chris Woakes, a picture-perfect outswinger to nearly grab two-in-two but finding too much movement even for Mitchell’s concrete-footed defensive shot. Away from the edge and into the hands of Jos Buttler.

A pat back to the bowler completes a wicket-maiden. What a tournament Chris Woakes has had for England having looked out of favour in this format for so long. Devon Conway is the new batter at the crease, by the way, and will face up to the continuing Chris Jordan.

OUT! Kane Williamson c Rashid b Woakes 5 (11b 0x4 0x6), New Zealand 13-2 (2.4)

16:06 , Harry Latham-Coyle

And he brings about the error! Kane Williamson never really looked comfortable at the crease, perhaps troubled by a bothersome elbow issue he has been managing, and that is a very curious decision from the normally content captain, scooping a ball that stays in the pitch.

Spooned up in the air towards short fine leg, from where Adil Rashid makes a simple journey to get beneath it and take another reasonably simple catch. Woakes snares another, England have the big fish and 167 suddenly looks a long, long way off for the Blackcaps.

New Zealand 13-1 (2.3)

16:04 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Chris Woakes unsurprisingly will bowl his second and is probing nicely, his first ball down leg but his subsequent two targeting the top of the stumps and tying down Williamson.

New Zealand 13-1 (2), K Williamson 5, D Mitchell 4, Chris Jordan 0-5 (1)

16:02 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another clip through that vacant midwicket region, this time from Daryl Mitchell, and Liam Livingstone goes all Bambi on ice as he slides into the advertising triangles covering the rope, having to quickly rid himself of the ball as he does. Three more to New Zealand, and Williamson moves on to five with a single from the last.

New Zealand 8-1 (1.3)

15:59 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Nearly chopped on! A length ball from Jordan just jags back enough to force the false shot from Williamson, who nearly pays for some loose knife-work as his inside edge bounces over the top of his leg-stump on the hop.

New Zealand 8-1 (1.1)

15:57 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England give Chris Jordan the new ball at the other end. It isn’t his preferred MO, but the new white Kookaburra is ducking and weaving about and Jordan will hope to exploit it.

New Zealand 8-1 (1), Kane Williamson 3, Daryl Mitchell 1, Chris Woakes 1-8 (1)

15:56 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Oohs and aahs behind the stumps as another loquacious outswinger whispers in the ear of Kane Williamson’s bat, just evading the edge.

Too straight, and that’s a gorgeously controlled clip through midwicket for three by the New Zealand skipper.

OUT! Martin Guptill c Ali b Woakes 4 (3b 1x4 0x6), New Zealand 4-1 (0.3)

15:54 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Woakes gets Guptill! Having beaten him with a big outswinger outside off, Woakes pushes straighter, too straight, in fact, with the ball ducking down leg.

But it perhaps sticks in the surface just slightly, and a grand leading edge sends Guptill’s attempted flick careering for mid-on, where Moeen Ali takes a very comfortable catch. England get the new-ball breakthrough they would have coveted and a chance to go at New Zealand’s anchor, Kane Williamson, early.

FOUR! New Zealand 4-0 (0.1)

15:52 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Martin Guptil is away! The first ball from Woakes is wide and getting wider and Guptill throws his bat at it, just clearing a leaping Eoin Morgan at short extra cover and getting New Zealand off to an excellent start.

Tactics - Will England use Moeen?

15:51 , Harry Latham-Coyle

New Zealand only have one left-hander in the top five, and Devon Conway is strong against off-spin. Will England thus be forced to use Liam Livingstone’s all-sorts rather than Moeen Ali? We will see. They are sticking to the script for now - Chris Woakes to open up...

Tactics - How will New Zealand set about chasing this?

15:50 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That is probably ten or fifteen more than New Zealand would have liked to have chased. They have a batting lineup with the sort of considered approach that could be useful on a reasonably tricky surface but perhaps lack the explosiveness that Moeen and Liam Livingstone had at the end to power England up to something maybe just above par.

They would love a fast start - Martin Guptill has had a good tournament and Daryl Mitchell has a certain freedom with which to play, but England’s new-ball attack has been very good so far.

England put runs on the board

15:48 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A slightly odd innings - England never really properly got going but have put together a very useful total on a pitch that, according to Glenn Phillips, appears two-paced and was tough to start on. Moeen Ali played very well for his 51 not out from 37 balls, while Dawid Malan was a steadying presence. England’s extra batter, Sam Billings, didn’t face a ball - may they regret not bringing in an extra bowler on a pitch that appears to suit those able to utilise cutters?

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New Zealand need 167 to win!

15:43 , Harry Latham-Coyle

DROPPED! England 166-4 (20)

15:42 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Out? NO! A drop from Glenn Phillips! He makes excellent ground haring in from the extra cover boundary but has the rug pulled out from under him as he steadies himself beneath a sliced drive from Morgan, slipping as the ball hits his hands and shelling a simple chance. England sprint back for the second as Phillips recomposes himself and finish on 166-4

England 164-4 (19.5)

15:40 , Harry Latham-Coyle

No surprise as Neesham then tries to attack Morgan with his weakness - the short ball. Mistimed but a fumble at short fine leg will bring the England captain two, and the strike for the final ball of the innings...

WIDE! England 162-4 (19.4)

15:39 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That’ll help England. Eoin Morgan nearly puts his back out reaching for a very, very wide Neesham yorker.

FOUR AND FIFTY! England 161-4 (19.4)

15:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Fifty for Moeen (36 balls, 3x4, 2x6)! It’s a shot he plays so well, slicing a full toss wide of long-off for his third four as Jimmy Neesham over-pitches.

The next ball is a full toss, too, but Moeen can’t time his swing for leg, and gets only a single.

OUT! Liam Livingstone c Santner b Neesham 17 (10b 1x4 1x6), England 156-4 (19.2)

15:37 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Picks out long-off! A slot ball outside off-stump but Liam Livingstone has neither the power nor the elevation to beat Mitchell Santner, who takes in front of his trachea two yards or so in from the fence. Good start from Neesham.

Eoin Morgan makes his entry with four balls to come, but Moeen will take strike after the batters crossed.

England 155-3 (19), Moeen 45, L Livingstone 17, T Boult 0-40 (4)

15:35 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Other than that four it is fair enough fare from Trent Boult, using the surface well to prevent Livingstone and Moeen from finding the boundaries for which they swing. That salvages, sort of, an expensive night for Boult.

New Zealand are short a death over, so it is back to Jimmy Neesham, with the pressure on.

FOUR! England 153-3 (18.3)

15:33 , Harry Latham-Coyle

What an extraordinary shot! Like a rare sliced forehand across court, Livingstone chops through a short slower ball from Trent Boult to fade it away from the long-off fielder, the ball teasing a diving Martin Guptill as it continues to go away, away, away from him as he tries desperately to save four.

SIX! England 146-3 (18), Moeen 43, L Livingstone 10, A Milne 1-31 (4)

15:31 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Massive! Another slot ball and Livingstone merrily manhandles it, tonking Milne beyond the sightscreen back over his head. 88 metres. Large!

England 140-3 (17.5)

15:29 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liam Livingstone readies himself for another swing in anger at Adam Milne but the bowler’s slower ball is dragged well wide of off stump.

Lucky for Milne! A length, on-pace ball, exactly of the kind upon which Livingstone would normally feast, but no connection.

SIX! England 136-3 (17.1)

15:26 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The sound! The dulcet tones of fast-moving willow on fast-moving leather and Moeen has absolutely annihilated this Milne short ball, pulled mightily to midwicket for another maximum. Moeen has suddenly accelerated to 41 (29).

England 130-3 (17), Moeen 35, L Livingstone 3, I Sodhi 1-32 (4)

15:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

11 off the over - about even, you’d say, much as Moeen’s munching of Ish Sodhi’s second ball might have had Kane Williamson worrying about his decision to use his leg-spinner so late.

England in reasonable fettle but three big overs could push them up towards something formidable. Williamson turns to his death overs trump card early - Adam Milne to bowl out now.

England 127-3 (16.4)

15:23 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Excellent comeback from Sodhi, out-foxing Moeen as he tries to repeat the trick and then throwing a leg-break wider to take it out of the arc of the left-hander’s next great hurl of the bat.

SIX! England 127-3 (16.2)

15:22 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Moosed! New Zealand boldly give a death over to Ish Sodhi, and after a single from Liam Livingstone, Moeen is on the rampage, advancing with intent and hoisting Sodhi high over deep midwicket for comfortably the cleanest blow of the night.

England 119-3 (16), Moeen 26, Liam Livingstone 2, T Southee 1-24 (4)

15:21 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A spliced pull from Liam Livingstone falls five yards to the right of a hustling midfielder, and the single it brings thus concludes a very good spell from Tim Southee - six-an-over and the wicket of Dawid Malan, which draws him level with Lasith Malinga in second on the all-time leading male T20 international wicket-takers, a mild surprise despite Southee’s consistency and longevity.

England 117-3 (15.3)

15:18 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liam Livingstone is the new batter, and off the mark with a single.

OUT! Dawid Malan c †Conway b Southee 41 (30b 4x4 1x6), England 116-3 (15.2)

15:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Revenge! It has looked the stroke likeliest to bring about Dawid Malan’s downfall all evening and he again fails to connect fully as he tries to pull a ball that burrows low at thigh height.

A barely audible inside edge is gleefully accepted by Devon Conway and Malan’s disappointed trudge for the dressing room means he has felt the sliver of bat on it. A useful anchoring role from Malan but it hasn’t looked simple to start on this surface.

SIX! England 116-2 (15.1)

15:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That’s more like it for England! Tim Southee is back on and his first ball is short, Dawid Malan swivelling and depositing it over square leg for, unbelievably, the first six of the evening.

England 110-2 (15), Moeen 25, D Malan 36, T Boult 0-32 (3)

15:14 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It doesn’t look like scoring is particularly easy, though, Dawid Malan forced to try a scoop to a back-of-a-length ball from Boult as he seeks a scoring stroke. Just one via a healthy blow off his body.

FOUR! England 108-2 (14.4)

15:13 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Flicked nicely! Clipped off the toes from Moeen as Trent Boult seeks a yorker and this is becoming a useful accelerating over for England.

LANDS SAFE! England 103-2 (14.2)

15:12 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Tim Southee dives...and can’t get there! A knuckle-ball from Trent Boult that completely deceives Moeen Ali, who is through the shot too soon, but his timing is so hopeless that Southee’s long-strides can’t get to his wounded duck as it lands just inside the 30-yard circle. A great effort from Southee charging in off the boundary but he didn’t have a shot at it.

England 100-2 (14), Moeen 17, D Malan 34, A Milne 1-15 (3)

15:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Finely poised, this, as Moeen continues to tick along at a run a ball with one off the last of Adam Milne’s latest. Six overs to go and plenty of batting in the shed - England’s launchpad has been laid but they will need to attack from now on.

Trent Boult returns for the first time in a long while.

England 98-2 (13.4)

15:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The broadcasters give us our second or third airing of the final moments of that World Cup final two years ago as Adam Milne bowls his third.

Dropped! Harsh, perhaps, for this was absolute thwacked back at the bowler by Dawid Malan but Milne took a stunner in similar fashion earlier in the tournament and nearly gets this one to stick, too, as he thrusts his left palm at the straight drive. England take two via the middle of the bat and the middle of Milne’s manus.

FOUR! England 94-2 (13), Moeen 15, D Malan 30, I Sodhi 1-21 (3)

15:06 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Dawid Malan continues to try and manipulate Sodhi off his leine and length, first reversing his hands and then jumping way across his stumps, but a fine stop and a well-placed backward square leg fielder keep Malan to just a single, which takes him to 30 off 22 balls.

Four for Moeen! A nasty drag-down from Sodhi and he is carved like a turkey wide of backward point as Moeen rocks back and cuts well.

England 87-2 (12.1)

15:03 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Sodhi hides his first ball way down leg. Moeen has a heave anyway but he is in a different postcode, and it is rightly called a wide.

A jaunt down the pitch brings an advancing Moeen Ali a single to the suddenly ubiquitous Phillips.

England 85-2 (12), Moeen 9, D Malan 28, A Milne 1-9 (2)

15:01 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Clever variation from Milne, hurrying Dawid Malan with a leg-stump yorker and then fooling Moeen Ali with a change-of-pace shorter ball that sticks in the pitch. I’d suggest that will be a useful delivery on this surface.

Moeen slices a single to that man Phillips in the deep to retain the strike and face...a returning Ish Sodhi.

England 83-2 (11.3)

14:59 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Outstanding fielding! Glenn Phillips is like a competitive agility terrier in the field, absolutely rapid over the grass and committed, too, a full length dive preventing Dawid Malan grabbing four more as he continues to busy the covers off the returning Adam Milne. England take three.

Phillips is still holding his hand awkwardly after that collision with the LED advertising boards, but that was a fine stop.

England 78-2 (11), Moeen 6, D Malan 24, Glenn Phillips 0-11 (1)

14:57 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A good match-up on paper but England have feasted on the part-timer - eleven from Phillips’ first. Smart batting from Malan, able to score with reasonably safe strokes.

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