NZ VS ENG 5th T20I: Reminiscence of World Cup final as New Zealand, England decide T20I series in Super Over
England on Sunday defeated New Zealand in Super Over at the Eden Park in Auckland to clinch the five-match T20I series 3-2 in an absolute nail-biting encounter. It was a repeat of ICC World Cup 2019 as both the teams battled it out in a Super Over after scores were levelled following the match getting reduced to 11 overs aside. The New Zealand top order starred in the series decider to help the Black Caps post a highly-competitive target. In what was a rain-marred series decider in Auckland, New Zealand, batting first, scored 146/5 in just 11 overs while England ended up equalling the first-innings target.
New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro were on the front foot from the word go as they took advantage of the small boundaries in Eden park and tonked the English bowlers all over the park. While Guptill smashed a 20-ball 50, Munro ended up hammering a 21-ball 46. A total of five boundaries and nine sixes were scored between the Kiwi openers as they took the charge against the English bowling attack.
Colin de Grandehomme, promoted at No. 3 after Guptill and Munro show, couldn’t make a mark as the all-rounder was dismissed for a five-ball six before wicket-keeper Tim Seifert carried on the onslaught with a blistering 16-ball 39 to help New Zealand post 146/5 in 11 overs.
Already under pressure for the 147-run chase, England started miserably as opener Tom Banton (7 off 4) was dismissed in the first over by Trent Boult. James Vince soon followed Banton after scoring one run off two deliveries. While Jonny Bairstow whacked the ball around in his 18-ball 47, the English opener was soon sent packing by all-rounder James Neesham.
Skipper Eoin Morgan, in his cameo, scored a seven-ball 17 laced by two sixes and a boundary but failed to continue after a bright start. Sam Curran was bamboozled by Mitchell Santner and sent packing for an 11-ball 24. Sam Billings and Tom Curran smashed the ball around for a while after Chris Jordan played a sensational cameo to help England tie the score.
In the Super Over, Morgan and Bairstow smashed Tim Southee all over the park to post 17/0. Chasing 18, Tim Seifert started strongly but Jordan bowled some beauty to snatch the win away from the Black Caps. Bairstow was named Man of the Match for his heroic innings upfront in the second innings.
Eoin Morgan at the post-match presentation- Delighted, surprised that we got a game with the weather around today. We made changes to the squad and happy that the guys took their chances around. At the half-way stage, we knew we could chase down the total, needed one or two batsmen to go and have some fun. We always seem to be playing for the (Superovers). It's great fun, but it also brings in plenty of action.
Tim Southee at the post-match presentation - Great excitement for the crowd, hanging around after the rain, got their money's worth. A shortened game, players will go hard, would have been nice to get one more run, but that's the way it goes at times. Test cricket is coming up next and we are looking forward to it