T20 World Cup: The catastrophic eight ball over it damaged England against New Zealand

The eighth ball above did the damage: What went wrong for Chris Jordan and England when they gave away 23 runs – including a six when Jonny Bairstow appeared to have caught Jimmy Neesham – when New Zealand came back to win the T20 classic ?

When Chris Jordan passed on the 17th, England were the favorites in the T20 World Cup semi-finals against New Zealand.

Your opponents needed 57 of 24 balls – more than 14 and more. When he was done – eight balls later – it was a far more manageable 34 out of 18.

Sports mail takes a look at the disastrous eight balls that led to England’s elimination from the World Cup.

England was in control before Chris Jordan had a disastrous 17th

England made 23 runs in 17th over, New Zealand then needed 34 of 18 balls

Ball one

6 – Jimmy Neesham pumps a full ball around the wicket high above Midwicket for a maximum

Ball two

2lb – Neesham and Daryl Mitchell crawl two after the ball hits the pads

Ball three

1w – Jordan tries to avoid feeding neesham offside, overcompensates and fires down for a wide

Ball four

4 – Ball on the stump is punched through for four long

Jimmy Neesham and Daryl Mitchell inspired New Zealand to make a comeback against England

New Zealand peaked when reps showed Jonny Bairstow’s leg hit the rope before releasing the ball

Ball five

1w – another wide, this time off-screen, trickles through to Buttler when England loses control.

Six ball

6 – Torment for England as a slower ball is dressed high towards the corner of the cow…. Jonny Bairstow, running towards the border, catches it just before the rope and gives it back to Liam Livingstone for a brilliant season catch.

The catch is given, but reps show that Bairstow’s leg touched the rope just before he let go of the ball … and it’s another max.

Seven ball

2 – Hit up the side of the leg again towards Bairstow and Livingstone, but Livingstone misjudges and does not attempt to catch the catch. The ball is stuck between them and Jordan is not amused.

Ball eight

1 – a decent full ball at the end is sidelined to end a catastrophic excess costing England 23 runs.

Jordan and Chris Woakes look dejected after England lost to New Zealand


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