England rode on an emphatic batting display from Dawid Malan and skipper Eoin Morgan to thrash New Zealand by 76 runs in Napier. Batting first, England lost Tom Banton and Jonny Bairstow when the score sheet read 58 but Malan and Morgan came together to compile a record-breaking stand of 182 for the third wicket.
Malan struck an unbeaten 103 off 51 that included six sixes and 9 boundaries while Morgan missed out on a hundred by 9 runs. He was undone by Kiwis skipper Tim Southee for 91.
England’s— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 8, 2019
– fastest fifty
– fastest hundred
– highest T20I total
– highest T20I partnership
Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan set a bunch of records against New Zealand earlier today#NZvENG https://t.co/5OU5SDxkno pic.twitter.com/aWryCJXeu9
Mitchell Santner once again emerged out to be the best bowler for the Blackcaps. The left-arm spinner scalped a couple of wickets and had the best economy among all the New Zealand bowlers. He returned with figures of 2/32 in 4 overs at an economy of 8 per over.
In reply, New Zealand did start the chase well after Martin Guptill and Colin Munro put a 54-run stand for the first wicket in 4.3 overs but the side soon lost their way and were bundled out for 165 runs in the 17th over. The series is now leveled at 2-2 with the series decider to take place in Auckland on Sunday.