Morgan praises NZ’s Neesham for sensible batting in first T20 WC semifinal

Morgan praises NZs Neesham for brilliant batting in first T20 WC semifinal

ABU DHABI: England skipper Eoin Morgan on Wednesday mentioned his group have been “devastated” after Jimmy Neesham’s clear hanging took them unexpectedly of their tense Twenty20 World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand.

Neesham blasted 27 off 11 balls and Daryl Mitchell hit an unbeaten 72 as New Zealand chased down their goal of 167 with one over to spare in Abu Dhabi and make their first-ever T20 World Cup ultimate.

England regarded in management after pushing the Kiwis to 107-Four within the 16th over however the left-handed Neesham took the bowling head-on as he smashed Chris Jordan for 2 sixes and a 4 to get 23 runs from the over.

“We’re devastated. To be on the wrong side of a close game is not easy to take,” mentioned Morgan.

“I thought we fought unbelievably well today on a wicket that didn’t necessarily suit our batting, but we managed to post in and around a par score.

“We have been sensible with the ball. We have been proper within the recreation in all probability till Jimmy Neesham got here to the wicket, if not forward of the sport.”

He added: “I believe bowling to the quick aspect is rarely simple. We’ve performed in opposition to Jimmy loads. He’s not struck the ball like that in opposition to us ever. It’s actually good batting.”

Moeen Ali hit an unbeaten 51 to steer England to 166-4 after being invited to bat first by Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson.

The bowlers led by Chris Woakes then took wickets and put pressure on the New Zealand batsmen despite an 82-run partnership between Mitchell and Devon Conway, who made 46.

A meeting between the two sides always brings back memories of the dramatic 2019 50-over World Cup final won by England.

England also beat the Black Caps in their previous T20 World Cup semi-final in 2016, but Morgan admitted they have never underestimated the Kiwi force.

“The aggressive nature during which we play the Black Caps is at all times wholesome,” said Morgan.

“There’s an enormous quantity of respect between either side as a result of we all know each time we play them, we will be up in opposition to it. They do not provide you with plenty of leeway.”

England had looked like the team to beat in the competition after making the semi-finals with four wins in five Super 12 matches.

But injuries to pace bowler Tymal Mills and opener Jason Roy forced them to change their combination as they opened the batting with Jonny Bairstow alongside Jos Buttler.

However, Morgan did not offer any excuses on a day they were eventually outplayed by the opposition.

“I do not assume you possibly can put a measure on lacking a participant. I believe the 11 guys that took the sphere right now gave completely the whole lot,” said Morgan.

“I’m extraordinarily happy with the efficiency that they put in. When you play rather well, it does not at all times assure that you simply win video games. Unfortunately we discovered ourselves on the improper aspect of a very tight recreation right now.”