Kiwis look to continue their winning momentum!
New Zealand will win the match and lead the series by 2-1
New Zealand came back into the series with a clinical performance in the second T20I match. New Zealand came up with a spirited performance with the bat and ball in the 2nd game after losing the first match. England failed to chase down the total of 177 runs and never really looked comfortable losing wickets at regular intervals. A win in this match will give the teams an upper hand in the series with the 2-1 lead. Both England and New Zealand teams have a lot of young and new players who are fighting out to register their names with good performances.
New Zealand emerged with a victory in the 2nd match after losing on the first game. Martin Guptill set the tone with his attacking 28-ball 41 at the top of the order. New Zealand scored 50+ runs in the powerplay courtesy Martin Guptill. Colin De GrandHomme and Ross Taylor scored contrasting identical scores of 24 runs in the middle order to rebuild their innings after few wickets. James Neesham made his mark in this match with his batting scoring 42 runs off just 22 balls. Kiwi bowlers performed as a unit and bowled out England for 155 runs.
Mitchell Santner was the pick of the bowlers again with his 3 scalps. Skipper Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi and Lockie Ferguson chipped in with 2 wickets each.
James Neesham – Neesham came into bat at the death and score some crucial runs to finish the innings with some momentum. He smashed 4 sixes and 2 boundaries on his route to 22-ball 42.
Mitchell Santner – Santner has taken 6 wickets in this series so far with 3 wickets in both matches. He also has an economy of just 6 RPO strangling the opposition in the middle over’s.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
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Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Blair Tickner, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, James Neesham, TG Southee
England team was never really comfortable in the chase losing 2 wickets inside 2 overs and 3 inside the powerplay. Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan tried to rebuild after quick wickets with 30s but were not supported by the other batsmen. Chris Jordan came up with an attacking 36 runs low down the order but was never going to trouble the chase.
Earlier Jordan took three wickets with the ball and had match figures of 4-0-23-3. Lewis Gregory and Sam Curran chipped in with some crucial wickets and quiet overs in the middle. Debutant Saqib Mahmood, Patrick Brown, and Adil Rashid were taken for a lot of runs giving away runs at over 10 RPO.
Eoin Morgan – Morgan came at 3/2 and tried to be positive with his counter-attacking knock of 17-ball 32 with 3 sixes and 3 boundaries. But, after his wicket, England kept losing wickets at regular intervals to lose the match.
Chris Jordan – Chris Jordan is slowly becoming England`s No.1 bowler in the T20Is with his bowling performances. He had an all-round performance last match with 36 runs and 3 wickets in the match.
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Sam Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood, Patrick Brown/Tom Curran
Matt Parkinson, Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory, Patrick Brown, Eoin Morgan, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, James Vince, Tom Banton, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan
The weather looks cloudy and dark on the match day but we have very less chances of the rain as per the forecast.
Nelson pitch is a good pitch to bat on with some assistance for faster bowlers early in the match. New Zealand scored 180+ runs in the only T20I match played here earlier. Faster bowlers took 13 of the 17 wickets to fall.
Chasing is the best option in the T20Is and teams are comfortable chasing down any totals in the recent matches. England chose to bowl in both the matches after winning the toss in this series.