The visitors England have brilliantly returned to the five-match T20I series against the hosts New Zealand after thrashing the home team in the fourth T20I of the series at Napier on Friday (8th November) evening. Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan’s superior batting helped England to register their record T20I total and claim an easy victory.
After winning the toss, New Zealand decided to field first. The visiting side England lost their opener Jonny Bairstow (8) very early but the other opener Tom Banton provided a good start.
With Dawid Malan, Banton put a 42-run partnership for the second wicket. After Banton lost his wicket on 31 runs, Malan and captain Eoin Morgan stormed on the hosts’ bowlers. They stretched that third partnership till the last over and created a world record in T20I history.
Dawid Malan hit a century and Eoin Morgan scored 91 runs
Malan and Morgan bashed the New Zealand bowlers and put the massive 182 runs partnership for the third wicket. It is the record third-wicket partnership in T20I history as the previous record 152 runs partnership between the England batsmen Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan (against Sri Lanka at Chattogram on 27th March 2014). Also, this 182 runs partnership was the third-highest T20 partnership for the third wicket and fourth highest T20I partnership for any wicket.
Both Malan and Morgan dominated that innings as Malan completed his half-century in 31 balls and Morgan hit the fastest T20I half-century for England. The English skipper Morgan reached the half-century mark in just 21 balls and broke the previous English record of 22-ball half-century by Jos Buttler.
Both batsmen carried their remarkable batting even after completing their respective half-centuries and that too in a more dangerous way. Malan completed his century in 48 balls and became the second English cricketer to hit the T20I century. Alex Hales was the first English cricketer to achieve this feat (116* against Sri Lanka at Chattogram on 27th March 2014). Dawid Malan finally remained not out on 103 runs off just 51 balls (9 fours and 6 sixes).
Meanwhile, Morgan smashed 91 runs off 41 balls (7 fours and 7 sixes) before losing his wicket in the last over.
These remarkable batting helped the English team to manage their highest T20I total. England scored 241/3 in 20 overs.
Among the New Zealand bowlers, only Mitchell Santner (2/32) and captain Tim Southee (1/47) were able to pick up the wickets.
New Zealand were all out on 165 runs
Chasing down the target, New Zealand lost their wickets at regular intervals. Though the openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill provided the perfect firing start with the 54 runs partnership, the hosts failed to handle the situation later.
Apart from the openers, only the captain Tim Southee was able to reach the 20-run mark in that innings. While Southee (39) scored the highest runs, Munro and Guptill scored 30 and 27 runs respectively. New Zealand were bowled out on 165 runs in 16.5 overs.
Among the English bowlers, Matt Parkinson (4/47) took four wickets and Chris Jordan (2/24) bagged two wickets.
England won this match by 76 runs and have levelled this five-match series by 2-2 with one to go. On this Sunday (10th November), they will play the series decider at Auckland.