A beaming Daryl Mitchell hailed a ‘special feeling’ after steering his side into their first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final.

Mitchell’s unbeaten 72 from 47 deliveries anchored the Black Caps’ successful chase of 167, with the opener hitting the winning runs from the final ball of the 19th over having stepped on the accelerator at the death.

New Zealand will now prepare for their third ICC final in as many years across three different formats, a record Mitchell was proud to have contributed towards with his memorable knock in Abu Dhabi.

“Any game you win for your country is pretty special, let alone a World Cup semi,” he said.

“It’s obviously a great honour to represent my country at a World Cup – if you said this five, six years ago I would have laughed at you, so to be here sitting right now is awesome.

“It’s nice to get us over the line but we’ve got another big one coming up in a few days we’re pretty excited about.

“It’s a bit of a blur but I imagine it was a hell of a game to watch. It’s a game of inches, that’s for sure. A couple of those sixes could have been a metre shorter and we might have…

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