Seddon Park, Hamilton Feb 18: In the 6th T20 match of the ongoing tri series between England and New Zealand, England defeated New Zealand by two runs, however it’s New Zealand who have entered the final and will face Australia in the final.
Earlier today, Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain won the toss and opted to bowl. England posted a total of 194 for the loss of 7 wickets where Eoin Morgan, played a captain’s knock of 80 runs in 46 balls comprising of 6 sixes and four boundaries to help England post a decent total on this pitch to defend. Even Dawid Malan contribution of 53 was crucial, however the total is below par as the match is happening in the same venue Seddon Park, Hamilton where Australia had chased down 245 in just 19 overs and also New Zealand were required to make just 175 runs to qualify for final. From bowling perspective, Tim Southee was economical as he gave away just 22 and took two wickets in his spell. This total gave clear indication to England bowlers that they will have to bowl their heart out to defend this total and restrict New Zealand below 175 to reach the final.
The black caps started off with a blast from their very first over, with Colin Munro contributing a quick 57 off 21 balls including seven massive sixes. The New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was only able to contribute 8 runs off 13 balls. The England bowlers never look like defending their target, forget restricting them below 175.New Zealand batsmen knocked the balls all around the park and there were showers of sixes. Martin Guptill made a crucial 62 runs off 47 balls.However, some good death bowling by Tom Curran and Jordan gave England a two runs victory over New Zealand. Nevertheless, New Zealand only needed 175 to qualify which they did easily, therefore in spite of losing they will still face Australia in the final, but they will regret for not pulling this off. A victory over England would have boosted their confidence.
Eoin Morgan got Man of the Match for his 80 runs stand in 46 balls.