David Malan and Eoin Morgan led England to series leveling victory over New Zealand in the fourth T20I of the series.
David Malan and skipper Eoin Morgan hung in the middle for a 182-run stand. Malan went on to score his maiden T20I hundred, but Eoin Morgan missed it by nine runs.
After choosing to bat 1st, England lost Tom Banton (30 off 21 balls) and Johny Bairstow (8 off 9 balls) early, but David Malan (103 off 51 balls) and skipper Eoin Morgan (91 off 41 balls) put on a mammoth 182-run stand to help their side post 241/3 in 20 overs.
For the hosts New Zealand, Spin duo of Mitch Santner and Ish Sodhi picked up two and one wickets, respectively.
In the chase, New Zealand were off to a promising start, but England succeeded in restricting them to 165/all-out in 16.5 overs. Martin Guptil (27 off 14 balls), Colin Munro (30 off 21 balls) and Tim Southee (39 off 15 balls) were the only notable performers with the bat for the hosts.
For England, Parkinson starred with the bowl. He picked up four wickets. Chris Jordon chipped in to pick a couple of crucial wickets. Sam Curran, Tom Curran, and Patrick Brown picked up one wicket each.
The new-look England side has made an excellent comeback to level the series against strong New Zealand after being 2-1 down in the series.
England vs New Zealand 4th T20I – What Did The Captains Say
Eoin Morgan: Thought it was a clinical performance. That we had to win tonight to keep the series alive. Seeing young guys come through today, particularly with the ball, was very impressive. Malan scoring a hundred coming in today is brilliant. To see a guy come into the team and make use of the chance is precisely what you want to see. Bench’s strength and depth in our squad seem extremely strong. Dawid and I played for a long time together at Middlesex, and know each other’s game pretty well. Everything was calm there, and we managed to laugh it out. It was a beautiful wicket. I think we have to get better and better, and the Blackcaps have also done the same, but Sunday lines up to be an epic game.
Tim Southee: The guys will move on from it, and we have a chance in two days to win the series. I think it’s more about learning from the experience being put under pressure. Wickets were the only way to slow them down. We got an excellent start, but they started getting wickets, and that tends to stem the run-flow as well. I hope there’s no boundary count, but we’ll get to Auckland and think about that.
New Zealand and England will lock horns for the fifth T20I on November 10 at Auckland, which will be the decider.