Neesham and Mitchell drag NZ into final

James Neesham contemplated retirement in 2017. He didn't. Daryl Mitchell never contemplated opening the batting. He did.

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Neesham and Mitchell drag NZ into final

And together they dragged a New Zealand side adamantly trying to lose all the way to a T20 World Cup final.

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Neesham and Mitchell drag NZ into final

Neesham has had enough of these games. His Twitter timeline is a tribute to his wit - yes - but also to how badly that 2019 World Cup final broke him.

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Neesham and Mitchell drag NZ into final

He was out there in the Super Over. He hit Jofra Archer for a six.

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Neesham and Mitchell drag NZ into final

He ignited New Zealand's hopes when they really shouldn't have had any on that night only for them to fall so agonisingly short.

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Neesham and Mitchell drag NZ into final

Just as Neesham and everyone watching were reeling from the deja vu, Chris Jordan came up to bowl and leaked a monster six over square leg.

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Neesham and Mitchell drag NZ into final

That shot became the centerpiece of New Zealand's breathtaking resurrection, 23 runs coming off an eight-ball 17th over -

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Neesham and Mitchell drag NZ into final

including a relay catch that quickly morphed into another monster six - as one of England's go-to men just crumbled under pressure.

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Neesham and Mitchell drag NZ into final

Suddenly New Zealand only needed 34 off 18 balls. And it was Mitchell's cue to wind up. He set up deep in his crease. His front leg had the good sense to keep away.

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Neesham and Mitchell drag NZ into final

Chris Woakes missed his lengths. And three brutal hits in the 19th over - two over the ropes and one onto it - brought sweet, unbelievable and everlasting victory.

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