England defeats New Zealand by 7 wickets in 1st T20I:
New Zealand: 153/5
England: 154/3 (18.3/20 overs, target 154)
England won the match by 7 wickets with 9 balls remaining.
England won against New Zealand in the first T20I of their five-match T20I series. England entered the match with three debutants: Sam Curran, Lewis Gregory, and Pat Brown. New Zealand, while batting first, scored 153 runs at the cost of 5 wickets after 20 overs. England chased the target of 154 runs for 3 wickets in 18.3 overs, starting their tour of New Zealand with a 7-wicket win.
New Zealand’s Ross Taylor smacks 44:
England won the toss and decided to field first in the first T20I of the tour. New Zealand sent Martin Guptill and Colin Munro to bat first. Martin Guptill got bowled by the debutant Sam Curran in the third over of the match after scoring 2 runs from 7 balls. Colin Munro also lost his wicket after adding 21 runs from 20 balls before getting caught by Eoin Morgan on Chris Jordan’s delivery in the sixth over.
New Zealand was 39/2 after the powerplay. They had a slow start, but they gradually recovered from it. Wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert added 32 runs from 26 deliveries being dismissed by Chris Jordan. Colin de Grandhomme scored 19 off 14 balls.
Ross Taylor and Daryl Mitchell shared a 56 runs partnership from 38 balls to push their team’s total to 153/5 after 20 overs. Ross Taylor contributed 44 runs from 35 deliveries for 3 fours and a six before losing his wicket to debutant Pat Brown in the last over of the innings. Daryl Mitchell smacked 17 balls for 30 runs with 1 four and 2 sixes towards the end as he remained not out.
England’s Chris Jordan claimed 2 wickets for 28 runs. Debutant Sam Curran and Pat Brown also took 1 wicket each. Adil Rashid also got 1 wicket after conceding 31 runs from his 4 overs.
James Vince, Eoin Morgan secures the win for England:
The Visitors required 154 runs from 20 overs to start of their tour of New Zealand with a victory. England sent Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan to open the innings. Dawid Malan contributed 11 runs from 13 balls before losing his wicket to Mitchell Santner in the sixth over of the innings. Jonny Bairstow scored 35 runs from 28 balls with 5 fours and a six. England was 2 down on 68 runs after 10 overs of the match, requiring 86 runs from 60 deliveries.
England’s T20I captain Eoin Morgan and James Vince shared a 54 runs partnership. James Vince scored his maiden T20I half-century from 33 deliveries. James Vince scored 59 runs from 38 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes. Vince played a vital role in bringing his team closer to the target. Captain Eoin Morgan remained not out after scoring 34 runs from 21 deliveries. He struck 4 fours and a six in his innings. Wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings also remained undefeated after adding 14 runs from 11 deliveries.
England finished their innings on 154/3 in just 18.3 overs, with 7 wickets and 9 balls remaining. New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner claimed all 3 wickets for his team after conceding only 23 runs from his 4 overs. James Vince was named the “Player of the Match” for his match-winning batting performance and also for his maiden T20I half-century from 33 deliveries.
James Vince brings up his maiden T20I half-century with a sublime four – his eighth of the day.
England need 46 runs in six overs.
— ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2019
England is now leading the five-match T20I series against New Zealand by 1-0. The series includes 5 T20Is and 2 Tests. The 2nd T20I will take place on November 3, while the first Test is scheduled for November 21.