New Zealand vs England, 1st Semi-Final (N), Abu Dhabi, Nov 10 2021, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
Match Result: New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Player of the Match: Daryl Mitchell
Eoin Morgan | England captain: “Coming into the game we knew both sides were close in skill. Full credit to Kane and his team. They outplayed us today. Have represented ourselves in this tournament really well. Proud of the guys. They have given everything in this tournament. Thought we were right in the game until probably the 17th, 18th overs.
We had them exactly where we wanted them up until that point. It was (sluggish). We’re a six-hitting side but we struggled to hit sixes. But we hung in there and posted probably a par score. To come out and hit sixes from ball one like that – full credit to him (Neesham). Absolutely love playing cricket at the moment. At the forefront of change both on and off the field (the team).”
Glenn Phillips (New Zealand): “(About his injury at the boundary) It’s alright, got a few cuts and bruises on my hand, but I can bat alright. There was a metal thing on the other side, and as I dived over, my hand went straight into it. A little niggly, but it’s alright. I can’t do 100m as fast as I could, but I’m trying to get there. We have to go there with a positive mindset, and keep up with the rate.
We want to be able to finish it an over before the allotted overs, and that’s how we like to go about our business. I’m not sure about the pitch, it’s hard to tell from square leg, but a few stopped and a few went through, so we have to assess it once we get out there and play accordingly.”
Daryl Mitchell | Player of the Match | 72*(47): “It was a bit of a whirl at the end there. I couldn’t remember what was going on, but I’m happy I got the job done. It was a challenging surface, with the new ball, and it was two-paced. The way Conway set the platform and Neesh hit a few out of the ground was amazing.
We knew one or two good overs would do it, and we got the momentum back thanks to Neesham’s hitting. With what’s going on around the world right now, it’s amazing that my old man travelled half way around the world to watch me play, so this is a proud moment.”
Kane Williamson | New Zealand captain: “Most players have played together in various tournaments. Knew it was going to be a great game of cricket. Thought they had a pretty competitive total. But just by staying in there, building the partnerships and cashing in on some moments, some matchups. Definitely something that stood out today (Mitchell’s character). Has batted beautifully in a high pressure situation. T20 cricket – it’s a game of small margins.
Depending on the surface, the short side – these things can be match-defining. He came out and hit the ball hard, that’s what he does (neesham). Changed the momentum really. Fantastic knock from Daryll, hit the big shots when it counted. We’ll be following that match – going to be fantastic. We know we have another challenge coming up and we’ll change our focus after tonight.”