Man of the Match: Jonny Bairstow
A mouth-watering finisher on line!
England will win the match and series 3-2.
Both England and New Zealand have pegged back the advantage from the other team whenever one team looked to surge ahead of others. England leveled the series 2-2 after crushing the New Zealand team in the last match by a massive 76 runs.
New Zealand team had the momentum before this match-winning back to back matches restricting England in the chase. Both teams will look to field their best possible XI on offer for this match in order to clinch the series. This match looks like a perfect climax to this enthralling T20I series between two top-quality sides.
New Zealand batting unit where left to chase a massive target of 242 runs in the last match. Colin Munro (30 runs) and Martin Guptill (27 runs) started the match with good attacking instinct but were not able to continue their onslaught. Their middle order did not capitalize on the good start as they collapsed from 54/0 to 89/6 in no time. Tim Southee played a blistering knock late in the match but was unable to cause any trouble in the chase. New Zealand bowlers report looks horrendous and it is not for the faint-hearted person for sure. Mitchell Santner bowled a decent spell of 2/32 whereas the rest of the bowling unit was taken to cleaners. Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Daryl Mitchell, and Blair Tickner gave runs at over 12 RPO.
Martin Guptill – Guptill got starts in the last three matches but failed to carry on after he is set. He will look to play a big knock in this match and help his win the crucial decider. He can take the match single-handedly once he is set.
Mitchell Santner – Santner has registered himself as the No.1 spinner for Kiwis in the shorter format producing some superb performances in this series. He has taken 9 wickets in this series so far.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Blair Tickner, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ross Taylor, Ish Sodhi, James Neesham, TG Southee
England staged one of their great victories in the T20I format with a massive 76-run win. Tom Banton set the tone of the innings with a quick cameo of 31 runs off just 20 balls after Bairstow`s early wicket. Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan then set the stage on fire with their 184-run partnership with the former scoring his maiden century and the latter missing it on 91 runs. England hit a massive 14 sixes in the match with 13 shared between Morgan and Malan. England bowlers too came to the party bowling out New Zealand for 165 runs in just 16.5 overs. Mathew Parkinson was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets. All the bowlers used Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, and Patrick Brown chipped in with wickets at regular intervals.
Eoin Morgan – Morgan is inspiring his team to play an aggressive brand of cricket. He started attacking the Kiwis in the last match and Dawid Malan joined him in the process. His attacking gameplay enables England to post a massive target on board.
Mathew Parkinson – The rookie leg spinner kept pegging away with wickets in one end despite the good start by Kiwi's top order. He broke the middle order with a flurry of wickets and he will be delighted with his performance in the last game.
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Sam Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Mathew Parkinson, Patrick Brown, Tom Curran
Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory, Eoin Morgan, James Vince, AU Rashid, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Tom Banton, Saqib Mahmood
The weather looks cloudy with high chances of rain on the match day. The overcast conditions may favor the swing bowlers.
Auckland is one of smaller grounds in New Zealand and ball will disappear into the too often. Faster bowlers may swing the new ball with ease in this venue. The average score in this pitch is 170 runs.
Strangely, thrice in four times teams winning the toss has elected to bowl first but Teams batting first has won three out of four matches this series.
England team has gained momentum after their big win in the fourth match. Their batting line-up looks very dangerous with the likes of Malan, Morgan and Banton firing consistently. New Zealand team is also playing well in both batting and bowling departments but is missing impact players in the middle order with a host of all-rounders in the form of Mitchell, Blair Tickner, and James Neesham. We expect England to win the match and series.
England will win the match and series 3-2.