Former England captain Michael Atherton was all reward for the New Zealand staff after they knocked out favourites, England, in an exhilarating semifinal on Wednesday on the Abu Dhabi Stadium.
Chasing a goal of 166, Daryl Mitchell (72 off 47 balls) and James Neesham (27 off 11) performed essential roles to take their facet over the road with one over to spare. The win additionally avenged the Black Caps’ heartbreaking loss to Eoin Morgan and co. within the ultimate of the 2019 ODI World Cup.
“They are an outstanding team, in all formats of the game really. They are through to another World Cup final, they were a sliver away from winning the last World Cup in 2019, they are the World Test Championship winners.”
“Across formats, you would have to say they are the strongest team at the moment so congratulations to them, a fantastic achievement with limited resources in terms of personnel and money and things that we’ve often talked about,” Atherton was quoted as saying to Sky Sports.
For a very long time within the chase, England had been forward – Michael Atherton
Michael Atherton opined that the English staff had the sport of their bag for a protracted a part of the Black Caps’ run chase. In the final 4 overs, the Kiwis wanted 57 runs, and so they managed to knock it off with one over to spare – a shocking assault within the dying overs.
“It just changed so quickly tonight. For a long time in that chase, I thought England were ahead of the game. The pitch looked two-paced and sluggish, no one really got going and suddenly Neesham comes out and changed that game with some fantastic hitting,” Atherton added.
New Zealand is now within the ultimate of the T20 World Cup 2021 and can await the winners of the second semifinal between Pakistan and Australia, which can happen on Thursday.