40th Match, Group 2, Abu Dhabi, Nov 7 2021, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(18.1/20 ov)125/2
New Zealand won by 8 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match

Well New Zealand and the broadcasters have assumed New Zealand will finish second on the table and thus face England, but you never know, do you? There is still one game to go to be sure about that. Pakistan face Scotland shortly and need to win to stay top of the table. Today, though, has been the story of New Zealand's efficiency, who got the worst of the schedules in this group: three matches in five days in three different venues and in the afternoon heat. So basically you are turning up at the venue at the day of the game, taking a look at the surface and then deciding how you will go about it. Not to mention they lost all three tosses too. They are through to the semis now, and should Pakistan win tonight, they stay7 in Abu Dhabi. That's all we have from this game. Thanks for joining us. Okay bye.

Winning captain Kane Williamson: "Strong performance. We know how dangerous this Afghanistan side is. Nice for us to be able to set the tone with the ball, take wickets early and then keep them to below-par total. 150-155 would have been par. It has certainly been a challenge to adjust quickly to three different venues. Another strong challenge coming up. England are a very strong side. For us it is important we keep learning and building on. Incredibly tough competition. Looking forward to the occasion."

Losing captain Mohammad Nabi says: "This has been our plan to win the toss and put on a decent total on the board. But we didn't start well. Then Najib brought us back but again we didn't finish back. 150-160 would have been a decent total on this pitch. On this kind of pitch, this is not a decent total. Still we tried our best with the ball. We played good cricket in the tournament, and we will take a lot of positives. We need to correct the mistakes we made with the bat."

Trent Boult is the Player of the Match. "Nice to get the peformance this afternoon," he says. "The boys are in good spirits. Some big games coming up. Wickets have been different during the day games and night games so nice to have experienced both. England are playing good cricket. It is going to be a challenge."

That is an efficient professional showing from an efficient and professional side. They needed to win three day games in five days, they lost three tosses, but never slipped up. Every uprising from the aspiring sides was quelled efficiently. If it was spinners and change of pace in the previous game, they did it with pace and bounce here. Between them the quicks bowled 12 overs for 58 runs and six wickets. Hugs between Williamson and Rashid, and Williamson and Nabi. Afghanistan tried their best here, but needed a bit more luck. They came close against Afghanistan but Asif Ali made full use of that one weak over left. Then they lost Mujeeb. And against New Zealand, they stood little chance on a pitch that had good pace and carry. For India, it has just been three Sundays Bloody Sundays.

New Zealand will wait for the result of Pakistan's game tonight to know whether they stay in Abu Dhabi or go to Dubai. If Pakistan win as expected, New Zealand will stay here to face England in the first semi-final. Else they go to Dubai to face Australia in the second.

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Gulbadin to Conway, 1 run

slower ball, punched down to long-on, and New Zealand are through to the semi-finals

Gulbadin for the formalities

end of over 186 runs
NZ: 124/2CRR: 6.88 RRR: 0.50 • Need 1 run from 12b
Devon Conway35 (31)
Kane Williamson40 (42)
Naveen-ul-Haq 2-0-16-0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4-0-31-1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Conway, 1 leg bye

wide on the crease, slower ball outside leg, Conway gets a leg-bye. Scores are level now

Naveen-ul-Haq to Williamson, 1 run

full, driven with an open face, gets it wide of mid-off but can't get past Zazai's dive there

Naveen-ul-Haq to Conway, 1 run

on a length, on the pads, clipped away for one

Naveen-ul-Haq to Williamson, 1 run

slower again, dug into the surface, dabbed away for another single

Naveen-ul-Haq to Williamson, no run

slower ball, short of a length, stays low, hits the bottom edge

Naveen-ul-Haq to Williamson, 2 runs

Williamson down the wicket to chip this length ball over extra cover for two more

New Zealand seven runs from the semi-final. Naveen to bowl now. I would have continued with Hamid because there is not going to be a 19th over anyway

end of over 1710 runs
NZ: 118/2CRR: 6.94 RRR: 2.33 • Need 7 runs from 18b
Devon Conway34 (29)
Kane Williamson36 (38)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4-0-31-1
Hamid Hassan 3-0-14-0
Mujeeb to Conway, 2 runs

short of a length, angling in, punched wide of mid-on for two

Mujeeb to Conway, no run

down the wicket again, Mujeeb shortens the length, punched to short cover

Mujeeb to Conway, 2 runs

reverse-sweep, gets enough timing and placement for a couple to deep point

Mujeeb to Conway, 1 wide

wide down the leg side

Mujeeb to Conway, no run

beaten on the sweep, but manages to get a glove onto the pad

Mujeeb to Conway, FOUR runs

down the wicket, just the right distance between him and the pitch of the ball to be able to drive his arms through. Crashes this all along the ground but straight of long-on

Round the wicket

Mujeeb to Williamson, 1 run

down the wicket, reaches the pitch of this, takes a single to long-off

Mujeeb comes back for his last over

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