New Zealand Daryl Mitchell incredible jump saved the team

New Zealand Daryl Mitchell incredible jump saved the team

New Zealand Daryl Mitchell incredible jump saved the team

November 9, 2021  Author51bajie

New Zealand is known for its fielding, but even by their rigorous expectations, Daryl Mitchell's gravitational pull save was incredible.

The Kiwis had plenty to cheer about after a convincing win over Afghanistan to seal their position in the 2021 T20 World Cup semi-finals on Sunday. The Black Caps bowlers put up another outstanding performance to keep the Afghans to a modest total, which they easily chased down. Even by New Zealand's elite expectations, Daryl Mitchell pulled off a fantastic stop that exceeded the rules of physics.

Mitchell was placed at the deep midwicket boundary in the last over of the Afghanistan innings, with Rashid Khan on the attack. Rashid smashed Jimmy Neesham's short delivery towards the mid-wicket zone. Mitchell popped out of nowhere as the ball seemed certain to go for a six. The New Zealand opener sprang and retrieved the ball from thin air, but his momentum carried him over the goal line. Mitchell still had the foresight to toss the ball to the playing field, saving his squad four runs as the Afghans achieved a double.

Fans on Twitter, predictably, couldn't believe what they'd just seen and flocked to the social media platform to congratulate the New Zealander. Mitchell’s superb save got every netizens’ attention.

Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell, the Black Caps' openers, scored 28 and 27 runs respectively before being dismissed while chasing the mark. The contest was then taken over by Kane Williamson and Devon Conway, who stitched an undefeated combination of 68 runs off 56 balls as New Zealand strolled to success with 11 balls to spare.

Afghanistan was only able to score 124 runs in their 20 overs in the end. Najibullah Zadran's batting was the only highlight, as he hit a magnificent 73 off just 48 balls.

With the ball, Trent Boult and Tim Southee were outstanding for New Zealand, collecting three and two wickets, respectfully.

On November 10, Wednesday, the Black Caps will meet England in the first semi-final at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.