England snatch T20 series in super finish against New Zealand

England win T20 series in super over against Black Caps

England win T20 series in super over against Black Caps

In 2365 matches in the history of test cricket there have been two ties. The super over also ended up as a tie and England was announced as the victor on the basis of the boundary-countback rule.

The duo added 83 in five overs, including 55 in the first three of the powerplay, to lay the foundation for their imposing total at the ground, which a year ago witnessed Australia make 245-5 for the highest successful run chase in the format.

England had earlier thrashed the Black Caps by 76 runs in the fourth game of the five-match series, hosted at Napier's McLean Park on Friday with Dawid Malan smashing his first Twenty20 century from 48 balls in a record 182-run partnership with Eoin Morgan.

England lost two early wickets in their chase but were never behind the steep required rate of over 13 with Jonny Bairstow hitting boundaries at will. New Zealand had managed to compile a score of 146/5 in 11 overs but Bairstow's quickfire 47 and the tail enders' efforts helped England match New Zealand's huge total.

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"It would have been nice to have one more run there somewhere, but it wasn't to be". Rashid also did well with his leggies despite bowling on the small ground to return with 1/34 in his three overs. "It's great fun, but it also brings in plenty of action", Morgan said after the match. At 39/3, it looked like the visitors were losing wickets too quickly. Bairstow kept going and slammed three consecutive sixes to Ish Sodhi in the sixth over to turn the game on its head. Unfortunately, both the players got out with James Neesham and Mitchell Santner striking. Again at 101/5 after 7 overs, the match was nicely poised with New Zealand looking a bit ahead.

But not for England's lower order.

England got the better of New Zealand in another Super Over, prevailing in the end by a not all that bare a margin of nine runs after a truncated thriller in the fifth and final T20I at the Eden Park on Sunday.

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