England in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Saxton Oval, Nelson
Date & Time: 05 November 2019
RR: 8.3 | New Zealand beat England by 14 runs
One punch received, two punches delivered! New Zealand have taken the lead coming from behind and would be looking to close the series in Napier where the fourth T20I will take place on Friday. Do join us for all the action at 1800 local (0500 GMT). Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!
Tim Southee, the Kiwi skipper, says that they knew it was going to be tough if they keep taking wickets. Tells that once Morgan got out, things were going to get difficult for the coming batsmen. Points that Colin de Grandhomme is a team man and he is happy for him. Tells that the match could have gone either way at the halfway mark of the second innings.
Eoin Morgan, the English skipper, says that the lack of experience in the squad cost them the game. Adds that they will get better with more games. Terms that the competitiveness of the series is amazing. Tells that his side will look to play smart and aggressive cricket to level the series in the next game. Praises the Curran brothers for their exceptional work.
Colin de Grandhomme is named the Man of the Match for his superb half century. He starts by saying that he got the opportunity at number 4 and things worked well for him. Adds that he was hitting the ball pretty well in Sri Lanka as well so that helped him. Tells that once quick wicket falls which is not nice for the openers but it allows the number 4 more access to the boundaries.
New Zealand will be pleased with their overall effort. It was not as straightforward as it's looking now. They were under the cosh when James Vince and Dawid Malan formed a partnership. Eoin Morgan then took it forward but the Kiwis hung in there. They needed one opening to gain some control and the fall of Morgan's wicket provided them with that. Post that, Blair Tickner and Lockie Ferguson bowled two brilliant overs and successfully denied England any hope of a comeback.
Talking about the turning point of this chase and it has to be the 15th over bowled by Mitchell Santner. The English skipper took him to the cleaners. He hammered a couple of sixes in that over and the on-air commentator Ian Smith even mentioned that England will be kicking themselves all the way to Napier if they don't win from there. Eventually, that happened as Santner got his revenge on the final ball of the over and the Three Lions went downhill in their chase. They will be immensely disappointed after failing to close the game in their favour.
A convincing win for the Black Caps! Top effort from their bowlers, especially the three frontline seamers. England briskly started their chase and looked in control till the wicket of Eoin Morgan fell. Disaster struck after that and they completely lost the plot. They required 42 runs in the last five overs with 7 wickets remaining but the inexperience of the middle-lower order hurt them. The Kiwis stepped up their game when it mattered the most and earned a rather comfortable win in the end to go 2-1 up in the series.
Tim Southee to bowl the last over. England need 19 runs off the last 6 balls to win the match. Can they do it?
Ish Sodhi to bowl the penultimate over. 2-0-18-0 from him so far.
Saqib Mahmood is in now.
Tom Curran replaces Gregory out in the middle.
Lockie Ferguson to bowl out now. 3-0-22-0 are his figures so far.
Lewis Gregory comes in at 7. England need a quick hand from him.
Blair Tickner is back on. 3-0-20-1 are his figures so far.
Sam Curran is the new man in.
Direct hit at the striker's end! Sam Billings is the batsman in question. The Kiwis are celebrating. Sam is walking as the umpire refers it upstairs...
Sam Billings walks out to the middle. Skipper Southee returns for his third over. 2-0-21-0 are his figures so far.
Mitchell Santner to bowl out. 3-0-25-0 are his figures so far.
Lockie Ferguson back on. 2-0-18-0 so far from him.
Blair Tickner is back on. 2-0-6-1 are his figures so far.
Ish Sodhi is back on. 1-0-14-0 are his figures so far.
James Neesham is into the attack for the first time.
Man of the Match of the last game, Mitchell Santner is into the attack.
Spin for the first time in this innings. Ish Sodhi comes on.
Tim Southee is back on. He bowled an expensive first over and would like to tighten things in this over.
James Vince walks in now.
Blair Tickner to bowl now.
Lockie Ferguson to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase! The debutant Tom Banton and Dawid Malan make their way out to the middle along with Kiwi players. Tim Southee will start for the hosts.