One more Super Over, one more nail-biting clash, one more prestigious win of England. In the fifth and final T20I encounter between New Zealand and England, history repeats itself as the powerful visitors again defeated Black Caps by 3-2 series win like the finals of ICC World Cup 2019. Despite their best possible efforts, Kiwis still lost the game to England in the mouth-watering Super Over clash by nine runs on Sunday. When the entire crowd of Eden Park was chanting for Black Caps till the last ball of the game, Eoin Morgan’s troop emerged victorious shockingly.
Toss-winning team England decided to bowl first and eventually, their decision proved right at the end of the game. However, Black Caps got off an excellent start in the important match of their lives as the opening duo Martin Guptill and Colin Munro easily construct the 83-run stand for the first wicket. While Guptill scored a much-needed half-century for his team in just 20 deliveries, Munro amassed 46 runs off 21 balls. But both the explosive openers went back to pavilion at an early stage. After their dismissal by strong English pacers, Tim Seifert’s 39-run cameo somehow led the hosts to 146 runs target in 20 overs.
Though in reply, England got a jerky start as their star opener Tom Banton went down against Trent Boult after scoring just seven runs in the very first over. But the crucial cameos of Jonny Bairstow (47), Sam Curran (24) and Eoin Morgan (17) somehow helped the visitors to level-up the game after 20 overs.
As a result, fans got a chance to witness a Super Over between both the teams in which England set the target of 17 runs on board with the help of Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow against Black Caps. Unfortunately, the hosts fall short by nine runs as they were prevented by Chris Jordan at 8/1 and England came out as the winner of the series.
Winning team’s captain Eoin Morgan was over the moon after England’s precious victory in the five-match T20I series against New Zealand. He expressed his feelings by saying, “delighted, surprised that we got a game with the weather around today. We chopped and changed a little bit and the guys coming in did a really good job. The Black Caps played well again, bowled really well and there was nothing between the sides for the 11-over game”
New Zealand: 146/5; Martin Guptill (50), Colin Munro (46), Tim Seifert (39), Saqib Mahmood (1/20), Tom Curran (1/30), and Sam Curran (1/33)
England: 146/7; Jonny Bairstow (47), Sam Curran (24), Eoin Morgan (17), Mitchell Santner (2/20), James Neesham (2/25), and Trent Boult (2/35)
Super Over scores
England: 17/0; Eoin Morgan (9*), Jonny Bairstow (8*), and Tim Southee (0/17)
New Zealand: 8/1 Tim Seifert (6), Martin Guptil (1*), and Chris Jordan (1/8)