Kevin Pietersen in awe of England's limited-overs sides after Eoin Morgan and Co's win vs New Zealand
The fourth and penultimate T20I between England and New Zealand turned out to be a run-fest. Inviting England to bat first, Tim Southee and Co. paid the price as Dawid Malan's 103 not out and skipper Eoin Morgan's 91 propelled the team score to a mammoth 241 for 3; their highest score in the format. In reply, Kiwis were bundled out for a paltry 165 all-out in 16.5 overs as the series got levelled, at 2-2, with the final encounter to be played at Eden Park, Auckland on Sunday (November 10).
Winning the series opener, Eoin Morgan and Co. started off on the right note but lost the next two encounters on the trot. Hence, they were in a must-win situation that brought the best in them and the visitors came all-out at McLean Park, Napier on Friday (November 08) to set the stage for a befitting decider.
Known for being one of the most deadly sides in white-ball formats, Morgan-led England resorted to their usual attacking approach from the word go. Tom Banton's 20-ball 31 paved the platform, followed by Malan-Morgan's 182-run stand for the third-wicket; the highest partnership for England in T20Is.
Following the clash, former England skipper Kevin Pietersen led the wishes for the national side and was all praise for their aggressive approach. He shared a post for the team from his official Twitter handle:
England get 241!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) November 8, 2019
Morgan CHANGED THE TEMPO!
England’s white ball cricket teams are just LOVE!
Malan's hundred became the fastest by an Englishman in the format. On the other hand, Morgan's quickfire fifty (in 21 balls) became the fastest in T20Is by England; surpassing Jos Buttler's (which came in 22 deliveries).
In reply, the BlackCaps started in full flow with the openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro leading the charge with the asking rate well above ten from ball one. However, from 54 for no loss, Kiwis were soon reduced to 89 for 6. Southee's fighting 15-ball 39 took Kiwis beyond 150 but the hosts lost by 76 runs.