Leher Reddy Challuri DP1
Match Date: 1st November 2019
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Chris Jordan and James Vince were the standout performers in a near-perfect all round display from England, who defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets and lead the series 1-0.
Opting to bowl, England got off to a good start in the powerplay, getting Martin Guptill’s wicket in the third over. New Zealand did battle their initial struggles for a brief period, with Colin Munro hitting the ball past the boundary on several occasions. However, Munro fell victim to a soft dismissal at the end of the powerplay.
Colin de Grandhomme was aggressive from the get-go but couldn’t last long, departing right after the halfway mark. Soon after, Tim Seifert departed off a full toss, and at 93/4 with 7 overs to go, New Zealand needed some recovery.
Daryl Mitchell and Ross Taylor hit some lusty blows as the innings neared its end. Taylor was dropped once, but only scored 8 more runs before being caught in the last over. New Zealand had a decent finish to the innings, ending up with 153/5.
On the bowling end, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, and Patrick Brown (on debut) picked up a wicket each, but Jordan picked up 2 and was the most economical as well.
Slow at first, England accelerated quickly as Jonny Bairstow put the foot on the gas in the third over, scoring 18 runs in it. Dawid Malan was dropped once from a spectacular effort, but only scored one more run before departing. Bairstow continued along his merry way before departing to a sensational catch at the halfway mark.
James Vince was slow to start, but picked up the pace further into his innings. He got to his maiden T20 fifty in the 14th over, before being dismissed in a similar fashion to Bairstow in the 16th. With England on the cusp of victory, Eoin Morgan finished it off with a six on the leg side.
Mitchell Santner was the only bowler to pick up wickets for New Zealand. He picked up 3 with a solid economy rate, but his efforts were futile.
Ross Taylor: 44 (35)
Tim Seifert: 32 (26)
Daryl Mitchell: 30* (17)
Chris Jordan: 2-28 (4)
Adil Rashid: 1-31 (4)
Sam Curran: 1-33 (4)
Patrick Brown: 1-33 (4)
James Vince: 59 (38)
Jonny Bairstow: 35 (28)
Eoin Morgan: 34* (21)
Mitchell Santner: 3-23 (4)