October 25, Kathmandu. New Zealand have reached the final of the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup for the first time. New Zealand reached the final by defeating eventual runners-up England by five wickets in the semi-finals of the first edition of the T20 World Cup in the UAE.
New Zealand will now play the winner between Pakistan and Australia for the title.
Daryl Mitchell’s unbeaten 72 in Abu Dhabi helped New Zealand reach the target of 167 by losing five wickets off six balls. Mitchell hit four fours and four sixes off 47 balls. Devon Conway scored 46 and James Nisam scored 27 off 11 balls.
England’s Chris Wax and Liam Livingstone took 2-2 and Adil Rashid took 1 wicket.
Earlier, after losing the toss, England lost 4 wickets in the allotted 20 overs and scored 166 runs.
Moin Ali top-scored for England with 51 runs. He hit 3 fours and 2 sixes in 37 balls. Similarly, David Malana scored 41 runs.
New Zealand’s Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi and James Nissam took 1-1 wickets.