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T20 World Cup: Williamson’s super catch, Phillips takes a tumble over boundary boards

Bairstow leant into a cover drive, crunching the ball flat towards cover, where Williamson dived to the left and forward to take the spellbinding catch.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 10, 2021 11:46:34 pm
(From left) Williamson takes a fantastic catch; Glenn Phillips taking a thump off the boundary boards. (AP/Twitter)

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson pulled off a fantastic catch to dismiss Jonny Bairstow in the semifinal match of the T20 World Cup between England and New Zealand.

Bairstow leaned into a cover drive, crunching the ball flat towards cover, where Williamson dived to the left and forward to take the spellbinding catch.

The umpires then had a look at it with the third umpire needing just one look at it to proclaim it as a wicket for Milne. Bairstow had to walk back for 13, and just when it was starting to look like the rub of the green was going England’s way, New Zealand conjured something out of thin air.

In other action, New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips took a fair old thump off the boundary boards trying to stop that Malan four, but he was okay and then even came back to bowl his reasonable part-time off-spin.

Meanwhile, New Zealand entered the final of the ICC T20 World Cup with a five-wicket win over England in a thrilling first semifinal on Wednesday.

Chasing 167 to win, Daryl Mitchell anchored the innings with a sensational unbeaten 72 off 47 balls, while Devon Conway scored a 38-ball 46. James Neesham smashed 27 off 11 runs to play a crucial role in the chase.

Chris Woakes (2/36) and Liam Livingstone (2/22) were the most successful bowlers for England.

Earlier, invited to bat, England posted 166 for four riding on Moeen Ali’s 51 not out and some useful contributions from Dawid Malan (42), Jos Buttler (29) and Liam Livingstone (17).

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