New Zealand became the first team to reach the final of the T20 World Cup after winning the match against England in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The Blackcaps, who faltered in the 167-run innings, eventually won. The Kawis struggled, losing 4 for 107 in the 16th over. But opener Daryl Mitchell changed the course of the match. Mitchell added a quick 40 for the fifth wicket with Jimmy Neesham. He remained unbeaten on 72 to lead New Zealand to victory. Many former and current cricketers have reacted to the Kiwis’ victory with Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and former India opener Virender Sehwag. The way New Zealand played in the semis was praised.
“It was an amazing match. New Zealand won the game once again and won hearts. Mitchell played superbly, well supported by Conway and Neesham. The Bairstow incident at Ropes reminded me of what happened to Boult in the 2019 finals, ”Sachin Tendulkar posted on Twitter.
What a brilliant game of cricket. #NewZealand once again winning hearts along with winning the game.
Great knock by Mitchell
who was well supported by Conway & Neesham.
Bairstow’s incident at the ropes reminded me of what happened with Boult in the 2019 finals.
Kudos to 🇳🇿! pic.twitter.com/XYUrJzTpHK
– Sachin Tendulkar (sachin_rt) November 10, 2021
Virender Sehwag described the England-New Zealand semi-final as a “great match” at the 2021 T20 World Cup. “The best game in the World Cup. Wow Daryl Mitchell. Jimmy Neesham Game Changer. Congratulations on New Zealand reaching the finals, ”Sehwag wrote on Twitter.
Best game of the World Cup. Wow Daryll Mitchell. Jimmy Neesham the gamechanger. New Zealand is simply sensational. Congratulations on reaching the finals NZ #ENGvsNZ
– Virender Sehwag (virendersehwag) November 10, 2021
Irfan Pathan wants to focus on the fact that the Blackcaps are still a “great” team despite not having big names. “There are 11 solid team players in New Zealand. Played well, ”Pathan posted on Twitter.
New Zealand has 0 super star player and 11 solid team players. Well done #NewZealand
– Irfan Pathan (rIrfanPathan) November 10, 2021
Ashwin, former India batsman VVS Laxman Daryl Mitchell praised the excellent batting. Michelle Wonderful ending! Reaching his fifties, Neesham turned off the tea, almost unnoticed, and then finished the chase in style! New Zealand reach ICC tournament final again. ” VVS Laxman wrote on Twitter.
Spectacular finances by Mitchell! Got to his fifty, almost unnoticed let Nessham tee off and then finished off the chase in style! New Zealand again make an ICC tournament final, nothing but admiration for them. Hard on England, but the Kiwis were just a little better on the night.
– VVS Laxman (VVSLaxman281) November 10, 2021
Former India opener Wasim Zafar has praised New Zealand for reaching the ICC finals. This is the first time New Zealand has reached the final of the T20 World Cup. The Williamson-led team will face either Pakistan or Australia in the final on November 14 in Dubai.
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