5 wickets for 10 runs: England batting collapses, New Zealand win 3rd T20I by 14 runs
There is something about New Zealand vs England deciders. These games end up getting too close for comfort. England won another super over to win the five-match T20I series by 3-2 at Eden Park, Auckland on November 10. New Zealand failed to chase down 18 runs in the super over as England bowler Chris Jordan restricted them for just eight runs.
There were many Deja Vu moments in the T20I series decider when compared to World Cup 2019 final. Chasing a total of 147 in a rain-curtailed 11-overs per side game, England needed 16 runs off the last over.
This time, instead of Trent Boult, James Neesham bowled the final over of the innings. Neesham got the wicket of Tom Curran on the third ball but Chris Jordan’s three-ball 12 helped England level scores as the game headed into super over.
After Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow scored 17 runs from the super over bowled by Tim Southee, Jordan was given the task to defend the target. Jordan bowled a wide delivery which was just outside the line by the slightest of margins. Jofra Archer bowled a similar delivery which was signalled wide by the umpire.
Boult was patrolling in the outfield on both occasions. The left-arm fast bowler came close to catching the ball in World Cup final. He took Ben Stokes’ catch but went over the line off the fourth ball of the final over. Today, Jordan’s shot for six was just outside the reach of Boult as he dived on the boundary to take the catch or push the ball back into play. Both were decisive moments of the game which happened off the fourth ball of the last over of the run chase.
On both occasions, Martin Guptill scored just one run in the super over. In World Cup final he faced the last delivery whereas at Auckland he got the strike on the fifth delivery.
Bairstow was named ‘Man of the match’ for his 18-ball 47 including two fours and five sixes. The English opener led the run chase from the front despite three quick wickets in the powerplay overs. He had support from Morgan and Sam Curran who played useful cameos.
Earlier, England won the toss and elected to field first. The play was delayed as the rain returned and led to the T20I game getting reduced to a 11-overs per side affair.
England bowlers were hammered all over the park by Kiwi openers Guptill and Colin Munro. Guptill scored a 19-ball half-century whereas Munro scored a 21-ball 46. Tim Seifert contributed to the carnage too with his 16-ball 39 taking hosts’ score to 146 for 5 in 11 overs.