England in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2019

New Zealand vs England - 2nd T20I

Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Date & Time: 03 November 2019

England 155/10

RR: 7.81 | New Zealand beat England by 21 runs

commentary

'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!

19.5
0
D Mitchell to A Rashid, OUT! BOWLED! That ends the game. A perfect yorker from Mitchell, right at the base of off stump, Rashid swings hard but misses. The ball hits the off timber. NZ WIN BY 21 RUNS, LEVEL SERIES 1-1!
19.4
1
D Mitchell to Pat Brown, Full on middle, pushed through mid on for a single.
19.3
0
D Mitchell to Pat Brown, Outside off, swung and missed again.
19.2
0
D Mitchell to Pat Brown, Action replay of the previous delivery. A length ball outside off, moving away, Pat swings again but misses.
19.1
0
D Mitchell to Pat Brown, Full and outside off, swinging away, Brown swings but misses.

Daryl Mitchell to bowl the final over. 1-0-8-0 so far. 23 needed for England.

18.6
0
Tim Southee to A Rashid, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
18.5
2
Tim Southee to A Rashid, Full and around off, edged past the keeper towards third man. Lockie Ferguson runs across to his left and slides, stopping the boundary. Two runs taken.
18.4
1
Tim Southee to Pat Brown, Outside off, Brown punches it towards cover and sets off for a quick single. There is a shy at the bowler's end but it is missed. Could have been gone.
18.3
0
Tim Southee to Pat Brown, Landed outside off, Brown slashes hard but misses.
18.2
1
Tim Southee to A Rashid, On middle, tucked through mid-wicket for a run.
18.1
1
Tim Southee to Pat Brown, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
17.6
0
L Ferguson to A Rashid, Outside off, a play and a miss.
17.5
1
L Ferguson to Pat Brown, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
17.4
0
L Ferguson to Pat Brown, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
17.3
0
L Ferguson to S Mahmood, OUT! Caught! Number 9 goes. A length ball outside off, Mahmood looks to force this on the up over cover but gets it a bit high in the air. Another easy catch, this time for Tim Southee at extra cover, moving to his left. Pat Brown is the last man in.
17.2
4
L Ferguson to S Mahmood, EDGED, FOUR! A length ball outside off, Mahmood swings hard but gets a thick outside edge. The keeper flies to his right but the ball escapes past his gloves to the third man fence.
17.1
0
L Ferguson to S Mahmood, Full and outside off, a swing and a miss.

Saqib Mahmood walks in at number 10, replacing Gregory. Lockie Ferguson returns too. 3-0-29-1 so far.

16.6
0
Tim Southee to L Gregory, OUT! Caught! Gregory is gone as well. Full and outside off, Lewis looks to go big but this time slices it. Colin de Grandhomme takes a comfortable catch at short extra cover.
16.5
6
Tim Southee to L Gregory, SIX! HAMMERED! That is power and muscle from Gregory. A length ball, around off, Gregory swings this cleanly over long on.
16.4
2
Tim Southee to L Gregory, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket where an exceptional dive keeps the batsmen to a couple. 39 more needed from 20 balls.
16.3
0
Tim Southee to L Gregory, A slower ball, wide outside off, Gregory gets a long way across and swings. Misses. Not wided.
16.2
1
Tim Southee to A Rashid, Outside off, carved through point for a run.
16.1
1
T Southee to L Gregory, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.

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.

15.6
0
M Santner to C Jordan, OUT! Caught! Jordan is gone and New Zealand heave a sigh of relief. Full and outside off, perhaps a bit too full. Jordan looks to swing but cannot quite get underneath the ball. The elevation is not there and Martin Guptill takes a simple catch at wide long on. Wonderful innings from Jordan. England need 43 from 24 balls.
15.5
1
M Santner to L Gregory, Comes down the track and drives it through the covers, getting it in the gap, for a run.
15.4
0
M Santner to L Gregory, Another dot. The arm ball, around off, watchfully defended.
15.3
0
M Santner to L Gregory, Tossed up outside off, driven straight to extra cover.
15.2
1
M Santner to C Jordan, Outside off, pushed towards point for a single.
15.1
4
M Santner to C Jordan, FOUR! Up and over! Bad start to the over. Short and outside off, Jordan goes back and punches it over cover!

Mitchell Santner is back on. 3-0-19-2 so far.

14.6
1
L Ferguson to C Jordan, Around middle, tucked through square leg for a single. 8 from the over, 49 needed from 30.
14.5
4
L Ferguson to C Jordan, FOUR! Risky ball with third man and mid off up. Ferguson goes full and Jordan tonks him over mid off!
14.4
2
L Ferguson to C Jordan, Outside off, carved over cover for a couple.
14.3
0
L Ferguson to C Jordan, A yorker, just around off, well dug out.
14.2
0
L Ferguson to C Jordan, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
14.1
1
L Ferguson to L Gregory, Outside off, on a length, pushed towards cover for a single.

Lockie Ferguson returns. 2-0-21-1 so far.

13.6
6
Ish Sodhi to C Jordan, SIX! 24 from the over and the game changes again. That is T20 for you. England were looking down and out a while ago but this burst from Jordan has sprung up a few chances. Short and outside off, Jordan rocks back and pulls it massively over mid-wicket again! Sodhi finishes with figures of 4-0-37-2. 57 needed from 36 balls.
13.5
6
Ish Sodhi to C Jordan, SIX! FETCH THAT! Full and outside off, Jordan gets down and mows a slog sweep miles over mid-wicket!
13.4
6
Ish Sodhi to C Jordan, SIX! Nice shot. Short and outside off, Jordan rocks back and pulls it over long on. 69 more needed from 32 now.
13.3
4
Ish Sodhi to C Jordan, FOUR! Short and outside off, Jordan rocks back and cuts it through the covers.
13.2
1
Ish Sodhi to L Gregory, Comes down the track and swings hard, almost finding Guptill at wide long on. On the bounce it goes. A run taken. 79 more needed from 40 balls.
13.1
1
Ish Sodhi to C Jordan, Works this down the leg side for a single.
12.6
1
M Santner to C Jordan, Short and outside off, cut through point for a run.
12.5
0
M Santner to C Jordan, Floated outside off, Jordan looks to defend but the ball spins past the outside edge.
12.4
0
M Santner to C Jordan, Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
12.3
0
M Santner to C Jordan, Outside off, quicker and shorter, Jordan looks to cut but misses.
12.2
0
M Santner to C Jordan, Full and around off, well blocked out.
12.1
1
M Santner to L Gregory, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
11.6
0
Ish Sodhi to C Jordan, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
11.5
1
Ish Sodhi to L Gregory, Punches this off the back foot for a single.
11.4
0
Ish Sodhi to L Gregory, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

Who is in? Chris Jordan is the new player.

11.3
0
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, OUT! Caught! That probably, is the end of the run chase. Full and outside off, thrown wide, Malan reaches out and looks to go over long off but mistimes it. It looks like the ball will land safely but Martin Guptill comes charging in from long off and dives forward to pull off a blinder. Does not react at all. Everyday business for him. 84 needed from 51 now.
11.2
1
Ish Sodhi to L Gregory, Full and down the leg side, swept through square leg for a run.
11.1
1
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, Full and outside off, pushed through mid off for a single.

Ish Sodhi comes back on. 2-0-10-1 so far.

10.6
0
M Santner to L Gregory, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.

Lewis Gregory walks in at number 7, replacing Curran.

10.5
0
M Santner to Sam Curran, OUT! Caught! Uh oh... mistake. Big mistake by Sam Curran. Yes, the required rate is mounting. But you needed to give the strike to Malan. It is very important that Dawid bats through and gets as much strike as possible. Full and around middle and off, Curran gets down on a knee and looks to clear the boundary at long on. Unsuccessful attempt. Simple catch for Colin de Grandhomme at the boundary.
10.4
1
M Santner to D Malan, Goes back and works it through square leg for one.
10.3
6
M Santner to D Malan, SIX! FEROCIOUS! 87 needed from 57 now. Full and around middle, Malan gets down and mows a slog sweep over mid-wicket!
10.2
1
M Santner to Sam Curran, On middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
10.1
1
M Santner to D Malan, Around middle and leg, flicked through square leg for a single.
9.6
4
J Neesham to Sam Curran, FOUR! There comes the 15-run over which England were looking for. Full and wide outside off, Curran reaches out and carves it over point!
9.5
2
J Neesham to Sam Curran, Short and outside off, punched wide of mid off for a couple.
9.4
1
J Neesham to D Malan, Outside off, thumped through the covers for one.
9.3
6
J Neesham to D Malan, SIX! CREAMED! That has gone onto the roof! A short ball, around middle, Malan swings his bat and pulls it massively over mid-wicket! The ball has gone beyond the stadium!
9.2
1
J Neesham to Sam Curran, Outside off, sliced over cover for a run.
9.1
1
J Neesham to D Malan, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
8.6
1
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, Flicks this through square leg to keep the strike.
8.5
0
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, Outside leg, reverse swept straight to point.
8.4
1
Ish Sodhi to Sam Curran, Dropped short, pulled to square leg for a run.
8.3
1
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
8.2
0
Ish Sodhi to Sam Billings, OUT! Caught! Another one bites the dust. Thrown up outside off, Billings comes down the track and looks to go aerial but cannot get enough timing. Colin de Grandhomme backtracks from mid off and takes it calmly. Made it look simple. SAM CURRAN WALKS IN.
8.1
2
Ish Sodhi to Sam Billings, Full and outside off, Billings comes down the track and looks to go inside out but skews it. Manages to get it wide of sweeper. Two runs taken.
7.6
1
D Mitchell to Sam Billings, Works this through square leg for one more.
7.5
1
D Mitchell to D Malan, The batsman has driven it through mid off. They pick up a single.
7.4
1
D Mitchell to Sam Billings, Pushes this through mid on for one more.
7.3
1
D Mitchell to D Malan, Around middle, tucked through square leg for a run.
7.2
4
D Mitchell to D Malan, FOUR! MAGNIFICENT! Full and outside off, Malan reaches out and drives it through the covers!
7.1
0
D Mitchell to D Malan, Outside off, punched off the back foot.

Daryl Mitchell now.

6.6
0
Ish Sodhi to Sam Billings, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
6.6
0
Ish Sodhi to Sam Billings, WIDE. Full and miles outside off, left alone.
6.5
1
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
6.4
1
Ish Sodhi to Sam Billings, Comes down the track and blasts this through the covers for a run.
6.3
1
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, Around off, driven down the ground for a single.
6.2
0
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, The batsman has worked it off his pads behind square.
6.1
1
Ish Sodhi to Sam Billings, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.

Ish Sodhi to bowl now.

5.6
1
J Neesham to Sam Billings, Around middle, tucked towards square leg for a run. 49/3 in the Powerplay, to New Zealand's 53/1.
5.5
0
J Neesham to Sam Billings, The batsman has played it to the point region.
5.4
1
J Neesham to D Malan, Flicks this away for a run.
5.3
4
J Neesham to D Malan, FOUR! Full and wide outside off, swinging away, Malan throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge which flies past short third man.
5.2
1
J Neesham to Sam Billings, Dabs it late to third man for a run.
5.1
1
J Neesham to D Malan, A short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.

James Neesham to bowl.

4.6
1
M Santner to D Malan, Down the leg side, worked through square leg for a single.

Billings time.

4.5
0
M Santner to E Morgan, OUT! Caught! Big moment in the game. Morgan is gone. Floated around middle, Morgan gets down to mow the slog, aiming to go mid-wicket but he finds Colin de Grandhomme at long on instead! A quickfire knock comes to an end and the inexperienced batting is exposed.
4.4
0
M Santner to E Morgan, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
4.3
6
M Santner to E Morgan, SIX! CREAMED! An absolute gift. A full toss, around middle, Morgan rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket!
4.2
1
M Santner to D Malan, Around middle, swept through mid-wicket for a single.
4.1
0
M Santner to D Malan, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.

Pace out of the game now, from the bowling side of things. Mitchell Santner comes on.

3.6
0
L Ferguson to E Morgan, Finally one at the stumps, a yorker, well dug out.
3.5
4
L Ferguson to E Morgan, FOUR! A free hit, really. Landed outside off, Morgan punches this between cover and point!
3.4
0
L Ferguson to E Morgan, Full and around off, driven straight to mid off.
3.3
6
L Ferguson to E Morgan, SIX! This has gone all the way. A length ball, around off, Morgan jumps down the track and carves it over point!
3.2
4
L Ferguson to E Morgan, FOUR! CRACK! Short and wide outside off, Morgan crashes the cut through the covers.
3.1
2
L Ferguson to E Morgan, Punches this through the covers for a couple.
2.6
0
Tim Southee to E Morgan, Yorker, outside leg, Morgan misses his flick and is hit on the pads. A leg bye taken.
2.5
1
Tim Southee to D Malan, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
2.4
0
Tim Southee to E Morgan, LBW shout, but not out. Full and outside leg, Morgan misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Probably going down leg as well. A leg bye taken.
2.3
0
Tim Southee to E Morgan, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
2.2
6
Tim Southee to E Morgan, SIX! CLOUT! Not surprising. Two wickets down early but the counter-attack keeps coming. This is England. A length ball, outside off, Morgan jumps out and bashes this over the covers.
2.1
1
Tim Southee to D Malan, A length ball, around middle and leg, tucked through square leg for a single.
1.6
0
L Ferguson to E Morgan, Played to the point region by the batsman. Superb start by the NZ bowlers.
1.5
0
L Ferguson to E Morgan, Around middle, fended back to the bowler.
1.4
0
L Ferguson to E Morgan, Outside leg, angling away, Eoin fishes and misses.
1.3
4
L Ferguson to E Morgan, FOUR, BUT ALMOST A WICKET! Excellent planning from New Zealand. They have a man just behind first slip and then a man at squarish gully. The length is short and Morgan looks to hop and cut. It is aerial and just eludes the gully fielder to the point fence!

Captain Eoin Morgan walks in at number 4, replacing Vince.

1.2
0
L Ferguson to J Vince, OUT! Caught! Vince's poor day is over. Dropped three catches, came out with the same pair of batting gloves and now, has been dismissed. Full and wide outside off, Vince reaches out and slashes hard. But it is straight to Mitchell Santner at sweeper cover. New Zealand are all smiles.
1.1
1
L Ferguson to D Malan, Around middle, flicked through square leg for a single.

Lockie Ferguson to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
Tim Southee to J Vince, Oh my. Jumps out to this one, has a wild swing at a length ball and misses. Excellent opener from Southee.
0.5
0
Tim Southee to J Vince, A length ball down the leg side, Vince misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Mild shouts of LBW arise.
0.4
1
Tim Southee to D Malan, Punches this off the back foot for a single.
0.3
0
Tim Southee to D Malan, A length ball outside off, angling away, Malan pushes but misses.
0.2
1
Tim Southee to J Vince, EDGED, SAFE! Full and wide outside off, Vince looks to drive but the ball swings away and takes the outside edge. It lands short of slip who dives to his right and beats him towards third man. A single taken.

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...

0.1
0
Tim Southee to J Bairstow, OUT! Caught on the very first ball! Gosh. What a start for New Zealand. They needed early wickets and the skipper has delivered. Full and around off, Bairstow expects it to swing in and hence looks to play it with a bit of a closed face of the bat. But the ball comes straight on, takes the inner half of the bat and lobs straight to Daryl Mitchell at mid on!

Back on! Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan are the English openers. Tim Southee will start off proceedings to Jonny. Here we go...