England beat New Zealand in the 5th T20I after a nail-biting super over in Auckland. Chris Jordan starred for the visitors both with bat and ball in super over.
New Zealand would not have come out of ICC World Cup 2015 final super over the dilemma, and they receive another defeat on the hands of the same opponents, England, in a T20I series decider.
The rain-affected 5th T20I between England and New Zealand was reduced to 11 overs per side. The hosts, New Zealand, came to have a bat. Martin Guptil (50 off 20 balls) and Colin Munro (46 off 21 balls) started exceptionally well. With the help of the duo, They finished on a mammoth 146/5 in 11 overs.
For England, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Saqib Mahmood, and Adil Rashid picked up one scalp each. Chris Jordan went wicketless.
In the chase, England came out all guns blazing. Johnny Bairstow (47 off 18 balls), Sam Curran (24 off 11 balls) and Eoin Morgan (17 off 7 balls) batted brilliantly, but the hero of the day was Chris Jordan, who smacked 12 off three balls to make it a tie for England.
In the super over, England was sent to bat 1st. They posted 16 runs off six balls. Chris Jordan was given the responsibility to defend 16 runs in the super over by his Eoin Morgan. The Caribbean-born bowled an over of his life to win the match and series for England.
England, who were playing without their six frontline players, defeated New Zealand 3-2 in 5-match T20I series in their backyard.
Johnny Bairstow was awarded the man of the match for his brilliant 18-ball 47 that helped England tie the game and then win it in the super over.
England vs New Zealand 5th T20I – What Did The Captains Say
Eoin Morgan – Delighted, surprised that we got a game with the weather around today. We made changes to the squad and happy that the guys took their chances around. At the half-way stage, we knew we could chase down the total, needed one or two batsmen to go and have some fun. We always seem to be playing for the (Superovers). It’s great fun, but it also brings in plenty of action.
Tim Southee – Great excitement for the crowd, hanging around after the rain, got their money’s worth. A shortened game, players will go hard, would have been nice to get one more run, but that’s the way it goes at times. Test cricket is coming up next, and we are looking forward to it.