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“We are devastated”: Eoin Morgan finds England’s semi-final defeat hard to bear | World Cup T20 2021


Eoin Morgan said his England team was devastated after losing an exciting and desperately close T20 World Cup semi-final to a New Zealand side propelled to glory by a swashbuckling tackle from Jimmy Neesham.

The two sides have clashed often in recent years, with England memorably beating New Zealand in 2019 to win the 50-year World Cup, and become familiar with their strengths. But Neesham’s hitting skills at No. 6 (he hit three sixes on his way to 27 runs with 11 balls) still surprised England.

“We’ve played a lot against Jimmy and he never hit the ball like that against us,” Morgan said. “Everything worked up to the moment he walked in. He’s a fantastic cameo in high-pressure circumstances when his team needed him.

“We are devastated. Being on the wrong side of a close game is not easy to accept. We fought incredibly well on terrain that didn’t necessarily suit our hitting and we were brilliant on the ball.

“We were good in the game until Jimmy got to the wicket, if not before the game.”

England went 166 of four in their 20 overs, scoring four sixes as their batters struggled to hit the ball cleanly.

“The batting ability within our team is pretty strong and the fact that the guys didn’t feel like they could clear the ropes due to the nature of the pitch was a good indication that he wasn’t hitting that well,” Morgan. said.

“I think that continued throughout the Black Caps innings until Jimmy got to the fold. He was probably the only one who came out and showed the ability to hit the ball cleanly from the first one.

The match ultimately depended on New Zealand’s 17th inning, thrown by Chris Jordan, which contained two wide and two sixes and cost 23 runs when Neesham took England out of the game.

“Sometimes you have to accept that someone is going to get you and that’s what Neesham did,” said Chris Silverwood, England’s head coach.

Daryl Mitchell scored the winning runs with an over to spare. “The way Jimmy came out and hit the ball from the first one was quite special,” said Mitchell, whose highest score in T20 internationals, 72 of 47, was also sweetly timed.

“The rate was quite high at that stage. It’s a bit blurry, but I can imagine it was an amazing match to watch and the way England played was very special too.

“It’s great to do the job, but it’s a game of inches, that’s for sure.”

Morgan refused to blame injuries, a missed pitch or a little late spray for his team’s loss. “I don’t think it had a huge impact,” he said of Dew.

“The Black Caps have still surpassed us. There is great respect between both sides because we know that every time we face them we will face him ”.

Mitchell was equally appreciative of his opponents. “England played a great game,” he said. “I guess it’s the nature of the finals, it’s always an inch game and we were lucky to have some momentum right at the end. The way they made their tackles with both the bat and the ball was very special.”

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New Zealand will face the winner of Thursday’s match between Pakistan and Australia in Sunday’s final.

“We are a lot of kiwis, we are only five million, so we are very proud,” said Mitchell. “Whoever we face must be a lot of fun, we will give everything we have.”


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