Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan delivered superlative batting performances to see England beat New Zealand by 76 runs in the fourth T20I at McLean Park in Napier. With this result, England managed to level the T20I series with one game to go.
The day started with New Zealand Captain Tim Southee winning the toss and opting to field first.
His decision backfired completely as Tom Banton got the side off to a good start. Jonny Bairstow could not do much with the bat and perished for just 8 runs. Banton looked in fluent touch with the bat and scored 31 off 20 balls with the help of four fours and one six.
Dawid delivered a breathtaking performance with the bat for England. He put on a mammoth 182-run partnership with Eoin Morgan to see England post a daunting score of 241 runs in their allotted 20 overs. England Captain Eoin Morgan proved to be ideal partner as New Zealand bowlers conceded a lot of runs in the final ten overs.
Dawid Malan smashed his maiden century for England in the T20 format and finished the innings with the top score of 103 not out off 51 balls with the help of nine fours and six sixes. He was well supported by Morgan, who chipped in with 91 runs off 41 balls with the help of seven fours and seven sixes.
Dawid Malan smashed unbeaten blistering century to help England beat New Zealand by 76 runs to level the five-match T20I series
For New Zealand, Left-arm orthodox spinner Mitchell Santner bowled well and finished with figures of 2 for 32 in his four overs.
In reply, New Zealand got off to a flying start as Martin Guptill and Colin Munro added 54 runs in the first four overs. England made a strong comeback as Martin Guptill, Tim Siefert and Colin Grandhomme perished in space of few overs.
Once Munro departed, the side lost momentum in their innings and were dismissed for 165 runs all out in 16.5 overs.
Captain Tim Southee finished New Zealand’s innings with the top score of 39 off 15 balls with two fours and two sixes. Colin Munro also scored 30 off 21 balls with the help of three boundaries, whereas Guptill chipped in with 27 off 14 balls with the help of one four and three sixes.
For India, Pacer Chris Jordan continued his good form and claimed two wickets in the match. Leg-spinner Matthew Parkinson was the standout performer for England and finished with figures of 4 for 47 in his four overs.
For his blazing unbeaten century, Dawid Malan was awarded man of the match for this game.