Bowlers shine as England beat New Zealand in the T20I series opener

Bowlers delivered a clinical performance followed by James Vince splendid innings helped England in registering a seven-wicket win against New Zealand in the opening game off the T20I series played at Christchurch on Friday.

The day started with England Captain Eoin Morgan winning the toss and opting to bowl first in overcast conditions.His decision proved to be correct as bowlers restricted New Zealand to a score of 153 runs in 20 overs.

Ross Taylor finished the innings with the top score of 44 off 35 balls with the help of three fours and one six. Wicket-keeper Tim Seifert and Daryl Mitchell also made valuable contributions of 32 and 30 not out off 26 and 17 balls respectively.

For England, pacer Jofra Archer claimed two wickets, whereas Adil Rashid, Patrick Brown and Sam Curran claimed a wicket each.

Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid delivered splendid performances to see England register a comfortable win at Christchurch.

In reply, the visitors got off to decent start as Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow added 37 runs in the first five over of the innings. But a 54-run partnership between James Vince and captain Eoin Morgan paved the way for an easy seven-wicket win for England with nine balls to spare.

James Vince was the stand out performer for the winning side as he smashed a brisk half-century and scored 59 runs off 38 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Morgan, who chipped in with 34 off 21 balls with the help of four fours and a six. Opener Jonny Bairstow made a decent contribution for England and scored 35 off 28 balls with the help of five fours and one six.

For New Zealand, left-arm pacer Mitchell Santner was the standout bowler and finished with figures of 3 for 25 from his four overs.

For his outstanding batting display, James Vince was named player of the match.

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