ABU DHABI: Opener Daryl Mitchell on Wednesday said it was “awesome” to play a leading role in New Zealand’s five-wicket win over England and reach their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup final.

Mitchell smashed an unbeaten 72 after Jimmy Neesham turned the semi-final on its head with an 11-ball 27 to help New Zealand chase down their target of 167 in 19 overs in Abu Dhabi.

It will be the third world final for Kane Williamson’s team in two years after they lost to England in the 2019 50-over World Cup and then beat India in the inaugural Test championship earlier in 2021.

“Look, we’re a bunch of Kiwis. There’s only five million of us, so we’re obviously very proud to be representing our country,” said man of the match Mitchell.

“We’ve had some success in the last few years. We’re going to enjoy the win tonight but then we move on pretty quickly.

“We know that we have a final on Sunday, and whoever we’re taking on should be good fun.”

New Zealand will take on Australia or Pakistan in the title clash on November 14 in Dubai.

Mitchell, who smashed four fours and four sixes in his 47-ball blitz, is playing in his first T20 World Cup after his international debut in 2019.

After Neesham’s wicket, Mitchell smashed Chris Woakes for two sixes and one four to trigger celebrations in the dugout.

“It’s obviously a great honour to represent my country at a World Cup,” said Mitchell. “If you said this five, six years ago I would have laughed at you, so to be here sitting right now is awesome.”


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