New Zealand held their nerve and went past England by five wickets to reach yet another final of a multi-national tournament. The match had all the ingredients that one expect in a blockbuster game such as a 20-20 World Cup semifinal. It was a close game that swung to and fro with New Zealand delivering the knockout punch.
New Zealand and England were the teams battling it out in the finals of the 50- Over World Cup at Lord’s in 2019. The match was one of the rarest which saw England emerging winners on account of boundary count. It was a massive heartbreak for the Kiwis who were equally good as England but were deprived of a title win. Jimmy Neesham, who had given it all in Super Over walked back as a dejected man.
After the match, all-rounder Neesham posted a tweet on Twitter that read, “Kids, don’t take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy.”
The table though changed during the semifinals of the 20-20 World Cup as Neesham played a vital cameo of 27 runs off just 11 balls. It included three maximums and shifted the momentum in New Zealand’s favour.
As soon as Daryl Mitchell hit the winning runs, New Zealand players erupted in joy. Neesham though was not ready to celebrate as he sat there with arms crossed, giving a glum expression. The all-rounder later took to Twitter to share why he was not celebrating with the team. “Job finished? I don’t think so,” Neesham wrote. This means that the all-rounder does not want to settle for anything less than a title win.
Jimmy Neesham didn't move. pic.twitter.com/jbZrrQS4zX
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 10, 2021