England started off their New Zealand tour in style with a comfortable 7-wicket win in the first game of the 5-match T20I series. The Curran brothers’ opening burst didn’t allow the home side to score big in the powerplay. Some good bowling from the remaining bowlers ensured New Zealand could only post 153/5 in their 20 overs. James Vince’s 38-ball 59 helped the English team to cruise in the chase before skipper Eoin Morgan finished off with a maximum.
All the statistical highlights from England’s comfortable win in the first T20I against New Zealand:
England continues their winning streak:
6 – England now have won each of their last six matches in the T20I cricket; their 2nd longest winning streak in this format. England won 8 consecutive T20I matches in 2010 which was the then longest streak in this format for any player.
A low score from the home side:
153/5 – The total of 153/5 by New Zealand in this game is their lowest while batting first despite losing only five wickets. They made 167/5 against India during the 2012 Chennai T20I which they won by one run.
Overall, the total of 153/5 is New Zealand’s 5th lowest despite losing as few as five wickets in a T20I. This is also the 2nd lowest such score at home behind 150/5 against India during the 2009 Christchurch T20I while chasing 150.
A milestone game in New Zealand:
50 – The first T20I between New Zealand and England was the 50th T20I match hosted by New Zealand. However, this was the first T20I hosted by Christchurch’s Hagley Oval which became the 8th venue to host a T20I in New Zealand.
A young all-format player for England:
21y 151d – At the age of 21 years and 151 days, Sam Curran became the 2nd youngest player to feature in all formats for England. Liam Plunkett made his debut in all three formats for England at the age of 21 years and 70 days.
21y 70d – Pat Brown became the joint 5th youngest player to make debut for England in the T20I format. He is also the youngest England player to make T20I debut away from home.
1 – Sam Curran and Tom Curran became the first pair of brothers to feature in the T20I format for England. Overall, they are the 15th set of brothers to feature in T20I cricket.
Morgan the finisher:
8 – Eoin Morgan has remained unbeaten in a successful T20I chase on 11 occasions and scored the winning runs on 8 instances. Morgan finished off a T20I by hitting a six on five occasions; the most by any player. He also got the winning runs via four on 2 instances.
6007 – Eoin Morgan completed 6000 runs in the Twenty20 format when he crossed his individual score of seven. He is only the 4th player from England to complete 6000 T20 runs.
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