New Zealand Vs England 2019/20: Third T20I – Kiwis Take Lead In The Series After Winning Nelson T20I
New Zealand captain Tim Southee decided to bat first after winning the toss. The openers and provided a blistering start of 40 runs partnership. While Munro scored six runs, Guptill smashed 33 runs off just 17 balls (7 fours).
Wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert scored just seven runs, but played the most crucial knock of 55 runs off 35 balls (5 fours and 3 sixes).
Also, Ross Taylor (27) and James Neesham (20) played some important roles in the middle-order batting. Mitchell Santner also played a cameo knock of 15 runs off nine balls before the opposition ran out him on the very last ball of that innings. New Zealand finally scored 180/7 in 20 overs.
(2/29) was the only bowler in -less English bowling line-up to pick up more than one wicket.
New Zealand bowlers defended the first innings total
Chasing down that target, the debutant opener Tom Banton scored 18 runs off 10 balls. However, another opener provided the solid start along with the no.3-positioned batsman . They had the 63 runs partnership for the second wicket.
Malan scored 55 runs off 34 balls (8 fours and only six) before dismissed him. Then, Vince had another 49 runs third-wicket partnership with the captain .
Morgan scored 18 runs while Vince scored 49 runs off 39 balls. However, the inexperienced middle-order batting failed to handle the late situation. Only Tom Curran (14*) was the other English batsman to play the double-digit knock in that innings. In the 20 overs, England managed to score 166/7. However, once they were batting on 139/2 before the completion of 15th over.
Among the New Zealand bowlers, Lockie Ferguson (2/25) and Blair Tickner (2/25) took two wickets each. Also, Ish Sodhi (1/30) and Mitchell Santner (1/41) managed to pick up one wicket each.
The hosts New Zealand won this match by 14 runs and have taken the 2-1 lead in this series with two to go.