Dented by injury concerns, England lacked bowling resources at the death, for which they had to bring in an extra batter and it has backfired on them and resulted in James Neesham and Daryl Mitchell changing the dynamics of the match to help New Zealand to their first T20 final. Despite Chris Jordan being one of the most-recognized death bowlers going around, he couldn't contain James Neesham which, England skipper Eoin Morgan feels, was the turning point in the game.
"Full credit to Kane and his team, they outplayed us today, I can't fault anything that we've done tonight, we've fought hard and represented ourselves well, but come up short tonight. Incredibly proud of the guys. Hard to identify the key moments, they built up until they had to push the button, then came good. He held them at bay up to that point," Morgan said in the post-match interview with Star Sports.
Throughout the game, England could hit only four sixes and posted just a par total which eventually cost them big-time. With the ball stopping mid-way before coming to the bat, England batters struggled to score enough in the middle-overs. Only Moeen Ali and later Liam Livingstone could add some quick runs to give their bowlers something to play for.
"It was a sluggish pitch and we struggled to hit sixes, a good indication it was two-paced. We posted a par score and felt in the game at the halfway side. To have the ability to hit sixes from ball one like [Neesham], full credit to him. I hope to be back, I am still offering enough, and I love playing in this changing room. Incredibly proud to be their leader," Morgan concluded.