New Zealand crushed new-look England in the 3rd T20I to take 2-1 lead in the 5-match series. England are playing the series without their six frontline players.
With the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 around the corner, all the teams are busy finding the right combination before the mega event so is England. They have rested their six frontline players for the 5-match T20I series and have given the chances to the young guns to prove their worth. They are currently 2-1 down in the series.
In the 3rd T20I, New Zealand won the toss and asked England to have a bowl. The hosts put up a massive total of 180/7 in 20 overs. Colin De Grandhomme was the star with the bat for hosts. The right-hander scored 55 off 35 balls with five 4’s and three 6’s.
For England, Tom Curran picked up two wickets while Sam Curran, Saqib Mahmood, Parkinson and Patrick Brown shared one wicket each.
In the chase, England started well, but in the middle overs, New Zealand hit back and restricted the visitors for 166/7 in 20 overs to win the match by 14 runs. David Malan (55 off 34 balls) and vice-captain James Vince (49 off 39 balls) kept England in the hunt, but none other batsmen could support them.
For New Zealand, Lockie Ferguson and Tickner equally shared four scalps while Ish Sodhi and Mitch Santner picked up one wicket each.
England vs New Zealand 3rd T20I – What Did Captains Say
Tim Southee: We showed as a group that it was going to get tough if we kept taking wickets. It was always going to be tough to hit from ball one. As long as Morgan was there, they ever were going to have a sniff. Colin has kicked on for us from Sri Lanka. He is a great team man, and he is striking it well; nice to see him kick on and get a big score. There are still a few areas we need to work on. It could have gone either way at the halfway stage in the second innings.
Eoin Morgan: It was one that got away from us. I thought we were in control all through the chase until we were three or four down. The lack of experience in the chase cost us. The guys coming in, need to play a few more games to get that experience. It’s excellent how competitive the series has been thus far. We are trying to integrate everybody into the squad. But yes, we feel that it’s one that slipped away. Our gameplan remains the same; everything about what we do is positive, smart, aggressive cricket. We want young guys to come in and adapt to that — a lot of positives to take away for us from today — a must-win game for us as we move to Napier. An experienced Tom Curran in the end with the ball was brilliant, and Sam has gone from strength to strength for us. He took the new ball for us and has been a massive positive.
England will face New Zealand in the 4th T20I of the series on November 8 in Napier. England will have to win the game to keep the series alive. On the other hand, the Blackcaps will look to seal the series with a match to go.