England in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Date & Time: 03 November 2019
RR: 7.81 | New Zealand beat England by 21 runs
'Expect the Black Caps to come back really hard but again, how do you beat this England side? Confused by our own thoughts? Sit on the fence. Best case.' This is what we felt while writing the preview. This is what we still feel. You can never write either side out, so don't even think about momentum. Take a break, chill out and come back for the third T20I on Tuesday, 5th November, 2019 at 2 pm local (0100 GMT) for all the action from the third T20I from the Saxton Oval in Nelson. No one is a favourite. We continue sitting on the fence. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious New Zealand captain, Tim Southee, says that it was a better performance in all three areas. Praises his bowlers for doing well throughout the game. On the result differing from the first game, Southee says that the plans were the same, only the execution was different. Believes that if they stick to their plans and play positive cricket, the result will come their way.
England captain, Eoin Morgan, says that New Zealand played really well, even though England bowled reasonably well. Laments the dropped catches though while admits that there was hardly any batting shown by his side. Also feels that the ground dimensions were not sized up properly by his batsmen. Wants his young side to maintain a positive mindset despite the defeat. Believes that it is important to make mistakes and even more important is learning from them.
MITCHELL SANTNER HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Santner says that it was nice to get a win. On the excellent fielding, Mitchell says that it was discussed at the end of the last match that fielding needs to improve and when that happens, the bowling automatically improves. On being asked to stress further on the talks, Mitchell says that they needed to improve in all three departments, which began with an attacking stint with the bat and then bowling tight lines, being backed up in the field.
Here is a stat. 9 catches were taken in this inning. ALL BY FIELDERS. Not 1 by a wicket-keeper. This is only the 4th such instance in a T20I, with the previous instance being between Pakistan and West Indies in Karachi in 2018. Wow. Here comes the presentation.
176 was the score but still, it was below par. Because normally, high scores are chased down at the Westpac. However, New Zealand bowlers studied the ground dimensions perfectly. They kept fielders at the right positions and catches were taken with ease. Everyone bowled well and even though there were some tense moments at the death, they came out on top nicely.
It all began with a positive intent while batting. Martin Guptill held one end up and then cameos from de Grandhomme and Neesham lifted the Kiwis close to 180. Only Sam Curran and Chris Jordan stood out while the inexperienced bowling attack was inconsistent today.
Proper gentlemen are New Zealand. Why so? Because a true gentleman sticks to his promise and tellings. At the end of the first T20I, New Zealand said they needed to improve in all three departments and boy, have they followed that thought in style!
Daryl Mitchell to bowl the final over. 1-0-8-0 so far. 23 needed for England.
Saqib Mahmood walks in at number 10, replacing Gregory. Lockie Ferguson returns too. 3-0-29-1 so far.
Adil Rashid walks in next. He can hit the ball in unusual areas. Tim Southee is back on as well. 2-0-10-1 so far.
Mitchell Santner is back on. 3-0-19-2 so far.
Lockie Ferguson returns. 2-0-21-1 so far.
Who is in? Chris Jordan is the new player.
Ish Sodhi comes back on. 2-0-10-1 so far.
Lewis Gregory walks in at number 7, replacing Curran.
Daryl Mitchell now.
Ish Sodhi to bowl now.
James Neesham to bowl.
Pace out of the game now, from the bowling side of things. Mitchell Santner comes on.
Captain Eoin Morgan walks in at number 4, replacing Vince.
Lockie Ferguson to bowl from the other end.
James Vince comes out but there is an issue. He has got a pair of right-handed gloves and he realizes it only after reaching the middle. The 12th man brings out his left-handed glove. Not his day so far...
Back on! Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan are the English openers. Tim Southee will start off proceedings to Jonny. Here we go...