'Cricket is a great leveller' is a very old saying but it is so true. Two years ago, during the 2019 Cricket World Cup, New Zealand and England fought tooth and nail in the finals at Lord’s Cricket Stadium.
Even after 100 overs, a result could not be determined as the match got tied. Super Over too was tied and England were declared winners due to boundary count. However, the tables turned in the 20-20 World Cup as New Zealand beat England by 5 wickets to book a berth in the finals of the showpiece event.
New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham had given his all during the Super Over of the 50-over World Cup but ended up on the losing side without much fault of his. Two years down the line, Neesham walked in Abu Dhabi, with New Zealand needing 59 off 29 balls.
The southpaw was not only able to shift the momentum but also took the pressure off Daryl Mitchell at the other end. Right from the outset, Neesham was ready to take risks and scored boundaries at will. He scored 27 off 11 balls before being dismissed by Adil Rashid. Mitchell took on from Neesham and finished the job done with six balls to spare.
New Zealand dugout erupted in joy when the winning runs were scored but one man was seen with no expression on his face. Neesham was sitting there with arms folded as if nothing has happened. Later, he took to Twitter to summarize the mood and wrote “Job finished? I don’t think so?”
Jimmy Neesham didn't move. pic.twitter.com/jbZrrQS4zX
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 10, 2021
Neesham’s Tweet implies that he won't celebrate until New Zealand end up winning the title. New Zealand will now face the winner of the Pakistan versus Australia match in the summit clash.