England won the T20I bilateral series against the hosts New Zealand after winning the thrilling series decider on Sunday (10th November). It reminded the thrilling final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as once again a Super Over needed to decide the game.
Before this fifth and final T20I of this series, the series was standing in 2-2. England decided to field first after winning the toss. Due to the rain-interruption, it became an 11-over match.
The New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro provided an 83-run partnership. While Guptill hit 50 runs off 20 balls (3 fours and 5 sixes), Munro scored 46 runs off 21 balls (2 fours and 4 sixes). After that innings, Guptill (304 sixes) became the second New Zealand batsman to hit 300 international sixes while Munro (100 sixes) became the second Kiwi and fourth overall batsman to hit 100 T20I sixes.
Later, the wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert smashed 39 runs in just 16 balls (only four and 5 sixes). At the end of 11 overs, New Zealand scored 146/5. The hosts hit 14 sixes and seven fours in that innings.
England tied the scoreline in a thrilling way
Chasing down that target, England were struggling on 39/3 at the end of the powerplay (first three overs). Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran put a magnificent fourth-wicket partnership of 61 runs. While Bairstow scored 47 runs off 18 balls (2 fours and 5 sixes), Sam Curran scored 24 runs off 11 balls (2 fours and 2 sixes).
Later, the wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings, Tom Curran and Chris Jordan played important cameos to level the scoreline. Billings remained not out on 11 runs (10 balls) and Jordan was batting on 12 runs off three balls (only four and only six) while Tom Curran scored 12 runs in nine balls.
While England needed to score 16 runs in the final over, New Zealand pacer James Neesham conceded 15 runs and took one wicket. The visitors needed 13 runs in the last three balls where Jordan smashed six, two and four in respective deliveries. His astonishing batting helped England to tie the scoreline. England hit 13 sixes and seven fours in that innings as they also scored 146/7 (11 overs).
Among the Kiwi bowlers, Trent Boult (2/35), Mitchell Santner (2/20) and James Neesham (2/25) bagged two wickets each.
In reply, Chris Jordan restricted New Zealand to 8/1. While Tim Seifert (6) lost his wicket, Martin Guptill (1*) and Colin de Grandhomme (0*) failed to do any magic.