Jonny Bairstow’s blistering innings followed by Chris Jordan’s heroics in the super-over saw England beat New Zealand in the final game played at Eden Park in Auckland. With this result, Eoin Morgan’s managed to clinch the T20I series over New Zealand.
The day started with England Skipper Eoin Morgan winning the toss and opting to field first. The game was reduced to 11 overs aside due to heavy showers.
Morgan’s decision backfired completely as New Zealand posted a daunting total of 146 for 5 in their allotted 20 overs.
The star of the show for New Zealand was the opening pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro who added 83 runs inside five overs. Guptill delivered a scintillating half-century for the side and smashed three fours and five sixes in his innings. His partner, Colin Munro, also produced a quick-fire 46 runs off 21 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes.
Wicket-keeper Tim Siefert provided a splendid cameo of 39 runs off 16 balls with the help of one four and five sixes.For England, the pace trio of Saqib Mahmood, Tom Curran and Sam Curran claimed a wicket each.
Chris Jordan splendid bowling performance in the Super-over saw England beat New Zealand in the final game of the T20I series played on Sunday.
In reply, England got off to worse possible start as Tom Banton and James perished for low scores in the first two overs of the innings. England Captain Eoin Morgan decided to launch onslaught against the New Zealand bowlers. He could not last long at the crease as he was dismissed by Trent Boult in the third over of the innings. Morgan scored 17 off 7 balls with the help of one four and two sixes.
England made a stunning comeback into the game, courtesy 61-run opening partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran. But once Bairstow departed, the side lost wickets in quick succession and were reduced to 107 for 6 in 7.2 overs.
However, from there on, it was a crucial stand between Tom Curran and Chris Jordan, which saw England end the game with scores tied.
The star of the show for England was opening batsman Jonny Bairstow, who finished the innings with the top-score of 47 runs off just 18 balls with the help of two fours and five sixes. He was well supported by all-rounder Sam Curran, who played a brisk innings of 24 runs off 11 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. Tom Curran and Chris Jordan added crucial runs at the end to see England post 146 runs for loss of seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
In the super-over, Chris Jordan delivered a superb bowling performance as New Zealand could only score eight runs. Earlier, Eoin Morgan smashed two sixes off the bowling of Tim Southee to see New Zealand needing 16 runs to win the game and series.
In a match where more than 292 runs were scored in 22 overs, Chris Jordan delivered a splendid bowling performance to help England clinch the T20I series.
For his outstanding batting performance, Jonny Bairstow was named player of the match. New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner was awarded player of the series.