England in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2019

New Zealand vs England - 3rd T20I

Venue: Saxton Oval, Nelson

Date & Time: 05 November 2019

England 166/7

RR: 8.3 | New Zealand beat England by 14 runs

commentary

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.

19.6
2
Tim Southee to Tom Curran, Shorter delivery outside off, Tom plays it over the point fielder and takes a couple before the fielder can clean it up. It does not matter though as New Zealand WIN BY 14 RUNS!
19.5
1
Tim Southee to S Mahmood, Short ball on middle, Saqib pulls it towards the deep mid-wicket region and takes a single.
19.4
0
Tim Southee to S Mahmood, Good length delivery on middle, Saqib plays it back to the bowler.
19.3
1
Tim Southee to Tom Curran, Fullish ball outside off, Tom drives this towards cover but cannot get it through. The fielder slightly fumbles allowing the batsmen to take a single.
19.2
0
Tim Southee to Tom Curran, Full delivery on off, Curran drives it to mid off. No run taken.
19.1
0
Tim Southee to Tom Curran, Full delivery on off, Tom looks to play the scoop shot but it hits the inside edge of the bat and goes onto the pads. Saqib wants the single but is sent back.

Tim Southee to bowl the last over. England need 19 runs off the last 6 balls to win the match. Can they do it?

18.6
1
Ish Sodhi to Tom Curran, Flighted ball outside off, Tom looks to slog it away but goes off the inside edge onto his pads. The batters cross for a single. 19 more runs required off the last over.
18.5
6
Ish Sodhi to Tom Curran, SIX! Bang! Flighted delivery on off, Tom sends it sailing over the deep mid-wicket fence for a massive maximum.
18.5
0
Ish Sodhi to Tom Curran, WIDE! Loopy ball way outside off, Tom looks to play the reverse sweep but fails to connect with it. It is wided.
18.4
1
Ish Sodhi to S Mahmood, Flat delivery in the channel around off, Saqib looks to play it straight but it goes off the top edge. The ball falls short of the running long on and long off fielders. The batters take a single.
18.3
1
Ish Sodhi to Tom Curran, Flatter delivery on middle, Tom plays it to deep mid-wicket and crosses over for a single.
18.2
1
Ish Sodhi to S Mahmood, Full delivery around off, Saqib works it towards the leg side and takes a single.
18.1
1
Ish Sodhi to Tom Curran, Flatter delivery outside off, Tom punches this towards cover and takes off for a single.

Ish Sodhi to bowl the penultimate over. 2-0-18-0 from him so far.

17.6
1
L Ferguson to Tom Curran, Good length ball on off, Tom pushes it towards cover for a single. Excellent over from Lockie Ferguson as only 3 runs came off it along with two wickets.

Saqib Mahmood is in now.

17.5
0
L Ferguson to Sam Curran, OUT! CAUGHT! Sam is the latest casualty to make his way back to the pavilion. Short delivery outside off, Curran looks to go over the deep cover fence but does not get the required distance on it. Munro who is standing in the deep does not make a mess of it and takes a simple catch. A roaring celebration from Munro.
17.4
1
L Ferguson to Tom Curran, Good length ball outside off, Tom guides it to third man and takes a single.

Tom Curran replaces Gregory out in the middle.

17.3
0
L Ferguson to L Gregory, OUT! BOWLED! After bowling a slower delivery, Ferguson dishes a 144 kmph delivery on middle and leg stump. Gregory looks to smash it down the ground but misses it completely. The ball goes on to demolish the leg stump. England crumbling at the moment and need some magic to win the game from here.
17.2
0
L Ferguson to L Gregory, Slower short delivery on middle, Gregory looks to pull it but it goes off the under edge of the bat and over the stumps. The ball rolls into the keeper's gloves.
17.1
1
L Ferguson to Sam Curran, On a length on off, Sam defends it towards mid off and takes a single.

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.

16.6
0
B Tickner to J Vince, OUT! CAUGHT! Vince falls searching for the elusive boundary! A good over from Tickner has ended as a great one. Full delivery outside off, Vince looks to hit it over the mid off fielder but does not get the required elevation on it. Southee, the NZ skipper, jumps up and pouches it safely. England in a spot now. 34 required from the last three overs.
16.5
2
B Tickner to J Vince, Full delivery on middle, Vince flicks it towards deep mid-wicket and takes a couple.
16.4
1
B Tickner to Sam Curran, On a length outside off, Curran punches it towards the point region where Ross Taylor dives to stop the ball. The batters still manage to take the single.
16.3
0
B Tickner to Sam Curran, Good length ball outside off, Curran pushes it to the cover region for nothing.
16.3
0
B Tickner to Sam Curran, WIDE! Good length delivery way outside off, Sam leaves the ball alone. The umpire gives it a wide.
16.2
1
B Tickner to J Vince, Full delivery outside off, Vince drives this towards the mid off region and takes a single.
16.1
0
B Tickner to J Vince, Full toss on middle and leg, Vince misses out on this as he could only get an edge onto his pads.

Blair Tickner is back on. 3-0-20-1 are his figures so far.

15.6
0
Tim Southee to Sam Curran, Another dot to finish. Good length ball outside off, Curran again misses as he pokes at the ball. Just 3 from the over and a wicket. Can this be the turning point?
15.5
0
Tim Southee to Sam Curran, Beaten on the inside edge. Good length ball in the channel, Curran looks to cut but misses.

Sam Curran is the new man in.

15.4
0
Tim Southee to Sam Billings, OUT! RUN OUT! What an effort from Munro and he has found Billings short of the crease. He has one stump to aim at as he came running from the point region and he hits the bull's eye. A little bit of indecision from the batters and it has cost England a wicket. Coming to the ball, it lands around off and middle and jags back in. Billings looks to turn it towards the leg side but the ball thuds his thigh pad and goes towards point. Both the batters think of a run initially as they take off but Vince then sends Billings back. He looks to return by diving but Munro's underarm throw finds him short. The umpire goes upstairs but Billings is not waiting. He's on his bike and the Kiwis are celebrating.

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...

15.3
1
Tim Southee to J Vince, Short outside off, Vince drags it to long on for a single.
15.2
1
Tim Southee to Sam Billings, Good length ball outside off, Sam taps it towards short third man for a single.
15.1
1
Tim Southee to J Vince, Short outside off, Vince mistimes his pull as the ball goes wide of long off. A single taken. Vince though was interested for the second, Billings sends him back.

Sam Billings walks out to the middle. Skipper Southee returns for his third over. 2-0-21-0 are his figures so far.

14.6
0
M Santner to E Morgan, OUT! CAUGHT! This time the skipper finds the fielder! He had already got two sixes in the over and perishes in looking for the third. Santner bowls a full delivery on off, Eoin looks to deposit this over the long on fielder but it goes off the bottom half of his bat. Colin Munro standing in the deep does not move an inch and takes a simple catch. New Zealand desperately needed this wicket. 42 more required off 30 balls. Expensive last over for Santner but he eventually got the prized scalp.
14.5
0
M Santner to E Morgan, BEATEN! Short delivery outside off, Morgan looks to cut but misses it altogether.
14.4
1
M Santner to J Vince, Full delivery on off, Vince drives this towards the mid off region and crosses over for a single.
14.3
1
M Santner to E Morgan, Full delivery on middle and off, Morgan sweeps this one towards deep square leg and takes a single.
14.3
0
M Santner to E Morgan, WIDE! Short ball way outside off, Eoin shoulders arms to this one. It is wided again.
14.2
6
M Santner to E Morgan, SIX! Excellent batting this. Flatter ball on off, Eoin goes down on his knees and slog sweeps this one over the deep mid-wicket region for the second biggie of the over.
14.2
0
M Santner to E Morgan, WIDE! Santner bowls this way outside off to get Morgan stumped as he was coming down the track. Eoin lets it go and makes it back to the crease. It is wided.
14.1
6
M Santner to E Morgan, SIX! Beautiful shot! Santner bowls a full delivery on off, Morgan moves a little to the off side and lifts this over deep mid-wicket for his first maximum of the game.

Mitchell Santner to bowl out. 3-0-25-0 are his figures so far.

13.6
1
L Ferguson to E Morgan, Good length delivery outside off, Morgan guides it towards third man and takes a single. 58 runs required off 36 balls.
13.5
0
L Ferguson to E Morgan, Full delivery on middle, Eoin shuffles in his crease and pushes it towards mid on for nothing.
13.4
0
L Ferguson to E Morgan, Good length delivery outside off, Morgan looks to pull it towards the leg side but does not make any connection.
13.3
1
L Ferguson to J Vince, On a length in the channel, Vince pushes it to long on and takes a single.
13.2
1
L Ferguson to E Morgan, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Morgan looks to flick it but it goes off the inside edge towards square leg. The batters take a single.
13.1
1
L Ferguson to J Vince, Short delivery on middle, Vince works it towards mid-wicket and takes a single.

Lockie Ferguson back on. 2-0-18-0 so far from him.

12.6
0
B Tickner to E Morgan, BEATEN! Short delivery outside off, Eoin looks to cut but fails to put any bat on it. Tickner gave just 6 in his first two but has given away 14 runs in this one.
12.5
1
B Tickner to J Vince, Short ball on off, Vince pulls it towards the deep mid-wicket fielder and takes a single.
12.4
2
B Tickner to J Vince, Full delivery outside off, Vince drives this towards the cover region and takes off for a couple.
12.3
6
B Tickner to J Vince, SIX! Brilliant shot! On a length on middle, James towers this one towards deep square leg for another maximum. Two fielders were there but it went into the crowd. 11 runs off the first three balls.
12.2
4
B Tickner to J Vince, FOUR! What a shot! Good length delivery outside off, Vince stands tall and creams the cover drive for a boundary. The fielder at mid off tries to stop it but fails to do so.
12.1
1
B Tickner to E Morgan, Full delivery on off, Morgan looks to play the straight drive but it goes off the inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls towards the off side and the batters cross for a single.

Blair Tickner is back on. 2-0-6-1 are his figures so far.

11.6
4
M Santner to J Vince, FOUR! Poor ball and gets the punishment it deserves. Short and on middle, Vince rocks back on the back foot and hammers it to the deep mid-wicket fence. Easy pickings these for Vince. 11 from this over.
11.5
4
M Santner to J Vince, FOUR! Clever from Vince. Low full toss on the middle stump, Vince sweeps it to the deep square leg fence. It went all around the turf as Vince rolled his wrists on that one nicely.
11.4
2
M Santner to J Vince, Flighted on middle, Vince this time opens his stance and lofts it over cover-point and takes a quick couple.
11.3
0
M Santner to J Vince, Flighted fuller ball, pushed back to the bowler.
11.2
0
M Santner to J Vince, Short and wide outside off, Vince throws his bat at it but misses as it is too wide. Seifert whips the bails off and appeals but nothing from the umpire.
11.1
1
M Santner to E Morgan, Quicker one outside off, Morgan punches it towards cover for a single.
10.6
0
Ish Sodhi to J Vince, Short ball on off, Vince plays the square cut but straight to the short third man fielder.
10.5
2
Ish Sodhi to J Vince, Loopy ball on off, Vince works it towards the deep square leg region and calls Morgan for a couple.
10.4
1
Ish Sodhi to E Morgan, Flighted ball on middle, Morgan gets off the mark as he flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
10.3
1
Ish Sodhi to J Vince, Full delivery on middle, Vince flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
10.2
0
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, OUT! CAUGHT! A poor ball but Malan has found the fielder to perfection. Ish Sodhi bowls a wide low full toss outside off, Malan shuffles across the stumps and looks to slog sweep it into the stand at deep mid-wicket but does not time it well. The ball goes high in the air and Martin Guptill stationed there takes a simple catch. 91 runs still required from 58 balls. Eoin Morgan makes his way out to the middle.
10.1
0
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, Full delivery on middle, Malan plays it to mid off for nothing.

Ish Sodhi is back on. 1-0-14-0 are his figures so far.

9.6
1
M Santner to D Malan, Around off, Malan pushes it to long off for a single.
9.5
4
M Santner to D Malan, FOUR! Nicely done! A scoop over the keeper's head. It lands on middle, Malan shuffles across and lobs the ball over the keeper's head. It races to the fine leg fence.
9.4
0
M Santner to D Malan, Flighted on middle, Malan swings his bat too early and gets a blow on the body.
9.3
2
M Santner to D Malan, Wide outside off, Malan drives it through the covers and picks a couple of runs to reach his half century. His fifth in the shortest format of the game!
9.2
1
M Santner to J Vince, On middle again, Vince eases it to long off for a single.
9.1
0
M Santner to J Vince, Full on middle, Vince pushes it back to the bowler.
8.6
2
J Neesham to D Malan, Fullish delivery on middle and leg, Dawid flicks it towards the backward square leg region and looks for a couple. Malan has to dive in order to get in but brings down the keeper as well in the process. No harm done though. 16 runs have come off the over. A huge one for England.
8.5
4
J Neesham to D Malan, FOUR! Thrashed! Neesham bowls a fullish delivery outside off, Dawid lunges forward and creams the cover drive past the mid off and cover fielders for another boundary. 50-run partnership is up between the two.
8.4
6
J Neesham to D Malan, SIX! Brilliant shot from Dawid! England needed this! Good length ball on middle, Malan plays the lofted shot over deep mid-wicket for a huge maximum.
8.3
1
J Neesham to J Vince, Good length delivery outside off, Vince punches this off the back foot towards the point region and crosses over for a single.
8.2
2
J Neesham to J Vince, On a length outside off, Vince pushes it towards the deep cover region and takes a couple. Blair Tickner runs across and makes a sliding stop.
8.1
1
J Neesham to D Malan, Good length ball outside off, Malan crunches the drive towards the cover region and takes a single. Santner comes around and collects it.

James Neesham is into the attack for the first time.

7.6
1
M Santner to D Malan, Full delivery on middle and leg, Dawid flicks it away to the leg side and ends the over with a run.
7.5
1
M Santner to J Vince, Quicker delivery on off, James punches it off the back foot towards the off side and takes a single.
7.4
2
M Santner to J Vince, Short ball on middle, James pulls it towards the deep mid-wicket region and takes off for a couple before the fielder can come around and clean it up.
7.3
0
M Santner to J Vince, Flatter delivery on middle and leg, James flicks it towards the short fine leg region.
7.2
1
M Santner to D Malan, Floated ball on the pads, Malan comes down the track and flicks it towards the deep mid-wicket region for a single.
7.1
1
M Santner to J Vince, Short ball outside off, Vince cuts it towards the deep cover region and takes a single.

Man of the Match of the last game, Mitchell Santner is into the attack.

6.6
4
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, FOUR! Third boundary of the over. Not the kind of start the leggie would've wanted. He bowls this shortish length ball way outside off, Malan reaches out and punches it to the deep cover. 14 runs from the first off Sodhi. He continues to struggle in this series.
6.5
4
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, FOUR! Innovative this time. Full and outside off, Malan gets in the position and reverse sweeps it to the short third man fence.
6.4
1
Ish Sodhi to J Vince, On the pads, Vince turns it towards square leg for a single.
6.3
4
Ish Sodhi to J Vince, FOUR! Hammered away! Short and on middle, Vince pulls and connects. The ball races away in a jiffy to the deep mid-wicket fence.
6.2
0
Ish Sodhi to J Vince, Flighted ball on middle, Vince looks to work it to the leg side but misses. The ball goes on to hit the pads and Sodhi appeals but the umpire suggests that there was an inside edge on that one. The replays confirm the same.
6.1
1
Ish Sodhi to D Malan, Starts with a shortish length ball outside off, Malan punches it to deep cover for a single.

Spin for the first time in this innings. Ish Sodhi comes on.

5.6
1
Tim Southee to D Malan, Shortish length around off, pushed to long off for a single. End of the Powerplay overs, England have reached 46/1, needing 135 runs more!
5.5
4
Tim Southee to D Malan, FOUR! A great attempt in the deep but to no avail. Southee bowls it on the pads of the batsman who blazes it away flat over square leg. The fielder dives near the fence but fails to cut it off. That nearly went all the way.
5.4
0
Tim Southee to D Malan, Bouncer down the leg side. Malan tries to pull but cannot connect. Not called wide.
5.3
0
Tim Southee to D Malan, Swing and a miss this time. Another slower ball outside off, Malan has a swing but misses.
5.2
4
Tim Southee to D Malan, DROPPED AND FOUR! That was a very tough chance though. A slower delivery around off and middle, Malan hammers it straight back. Southee throws his hand at the ball but it hits his palm and races to the long off fence even after getting a touch of the bowler. That shows how ferociously it was struck.
5.1
1
Tim Southee to J Vince, Good length ball on middle, Vince pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
4.6
2
B Tickner to D Malan, Good length ball outside off, Malan has a slash at it but it goes off the top edge of the bat towards the third man region. The fielder there hares after it and cleans it up. The batters take a couple. Another tidy over by Tickner.

Tim Southee is back on. He bowled an expensive first over and would like to tighten things in this over.

4.5
1
B Tickner to J Vince, Good length ball on middle, James flicks it towards the leg side and takes a single.
4.4
1
B Tickner to D Malan, Full delivery on middle, Malan pushes it to mid off and takes off for a quick single.
4.3
0
B Tickner to D Malan, Short delivery on middle, Dawid pulls it towards mid on where the fielder makes a sliding stop. No run taken.
4.2
0
B Tickner to D Malan, On a length on off, Malan pushes it to short third man.
4.1
0
B Tickner to D Malan, Full delivery outside off, Dawid drives it to covers for nothing.
3.6
0
L Ferguson to J Vince, Good length delivery on off angling into the batsmen, Vince gets beaten due to the swing on it and is hit on the stomach. No damage done though. Four dots in a row to finish the over.
3.5
0
L Ferguson to J Vince, Slower delivery on middle, James flicks it towards the mid-wicket region.
3.4
0
L Ferguson to J Vince, On a length on off, Vince defends it to point.
3.3
0
L Ferguson to J Vince, BOUNCER! Lockie bowls it aimed at the body of Vince, who does well to duck under it.
3.2
1
L Ferguson to D Malan, Short ball on middle, Malan pulls it towards the deep mid-wicket region and takes a single.
3.1
4
L Ferguson to D Malan, MISFIELD AND FOUR! Poor fielding yet again from the Kiwis! Ferguson dishes a full ball outside off, Malan drives it towards the cover region and into the boundary. The fielder at mid off tries to make a diving stop but it bursts through and goes into the fence.
2.6
0
B Tickner to J Vince, Good length ball on middle, Vince defends it back to the bowler off the back foot. 2 runs and a wicket from Tickner's first!

James Vince walks in now.

2.5
0
B Tickner to Tom Banton, OUT! BOWLED! Banton has to go after playing some sumptuous shots! Tickner bowls a good length ball on middle, Tom walks across the stumps to play the scoop shot over short fine leg but misses it altogether. The ball goes on to clip the leg stump bail. Tickner immediately makes an impact in his return to the side.
2.4
1
B Tickner to D Malan, Good length ball outside off, Malan pushes it to the cover fielder and takes off for a quick single. Neesham has a shy at the bowler's end but the ball sticks a bit in his hand and it misses the stumps. Had he hit, Malan was well out.
2.3
0
B Tickner to D Malan, Shortish length outside off, Malan swings but misses.
2.2
0
B Tickner to D Malan, Shortish length outside off, Malan taps it straight to the cover fielder.
2.1
1
B Tickner to Tom Banton, Good length ball on middle, Banton looks to defend but the ball takes an inside edge and hits him on the pads. It rolls towards point and the batters take a single.

Blair Tickner to bowl now.

1.6
0
L Ferguson to D Malan, BEATEN! Slower delivery outside off, Malan looks to slog it away but fails to put any bat on it. Another good over comes to an end for England.
1.5
0
L Ferguson to Tom Banton, Good length ball down the leg side, Tom looks to flick it but it goes off the pads and towards short fine leg. The batters steal a leg bye.
1.5
0
L Ferguson to Tom Banton, Good length ball down the leg side, Tom looks to flick it but misses. It is wided.
1.4
4
L Ferguson to Tom Banton, EDGY FOUR! Lockie bowls a good length delivery on off, Banton looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge towards short third man. The fielder there tries to stop it with a dive but it goes beneath him and into the fence.
1.3
6
L Ferguson to Tom Banton, SIX! This is brilliant batting from Banton! Good length delivery on middle and leg, Tom flicks it off his pads and the ball goes way over the deep mid-wicket fence. Banton is looking really good on his debut.
1.2
1
L Ferguson to D Malan, On a length on middle, Dawid flicks it towards mid-wicket and crosses over for a single.
1.1
1
L Ferguson to Tom Banton, Good length ball on middle, Tom works it towards the deep mid-wicket region and takes a single.

Lockie Ferguson to bowl from the other end.

0.6
4
Tim Southee to D Malan, FOUR! Beautiful shot! Short delivery outside off, Malan rocks on his back foot and slashes the ball towards the backward point region for the second boundary of the over. 11 runs have come off the first over. Good start for the visitors.
0.5
1
Tim Southee to Tom Banton, Good length delivery on middle, Tom flicks it towards the deep mid-wicket region and takes a single.
0.4
4
Tim Southee to Tom Banton, FOUR! Shot of the day so far and it has come off the bat of the debutant, Tom Banton! Fullish delivery outside off, Banton lunges forward and creams the cover drive past the fielder and into the fence.
0.3
1
Tim Southee to D Malan, Full delivery on off, Malan pushes it towards the point region and takes a single.
0.2
1
Tim Southee to Tom Banton, Good length ball on middle and leg, Tom flicks it towards the short fine leg region where the fielder makes a good sliding stop. The batters take a single. The debutant is off the mark in T20Is.
0.1
0
Tim Southee to Tom Banton, Southee starts with a good length ball on middle, Banton defends it off the front foot towards the bowler.

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.