From being 0-1 down in the series, the hosts New Zealand bounced back with successive wins over the England team to take a 2-1 lead. Martin Guptill handed quick start for New Zealand with a 17-ball 33 before Colin de Grandhomme’s 35-ball 55 pushed their total to 180/7. His partnership of 66 runs with Ross Taylor for the 4th wicket came in only 7 overs.
Dawid Malan (55 off 34) and James Vince (49 off 39) put England on top of the chase. Eoin Morgan was dismissed when England needed 42 from 31 balls. But they could only score 27 further runs as they lost five wickets in space of 10 runs starting from Morgan’s wicket.
All the statistical highlights from New Zealand’s second straight win in the 5-match series against England:
New Zealand’s 100% record:
6 – New Zealand won all the six T20Is against England where they posted 160+ while batting first. Interestingly, England won all the six T20Is against New Zealand whenever they were chasing below 160. The successful chase of 154 was their joint highest against the Kiwis and also the highest on New Zealand soil in the T20I format.
England’s greatest T20I debacle:
139 – Runs England added before losing their 3rd wicket in the chase; the most number of runs they scored in a T20I game which they lost. The previous most was 134 during a 202-run chase also against New Zealand in the 2013 Oval T20I. During the last year’s Bristol T20I loss against India, the English team lost their 3rd wicket at the score of 134 again but this time while batting first.
Another youngster in England side:
20y 359d – At the age of 20 years and 359 days, Tom Banton became the 5th youngest player to make T20I debut for England and also the youngest outside home. Pat Brown, during the 1st T20I, became the youngest to make T20I debut outside the home for England at the age of 21 years and 70 days.
20y 359d – Banton is also the youngest player to open the innings for England in the T20I format. Craig Kieswetter was 22 years and 156 days old when he opened the innings on his T20I debut against West Indies during the 2010 WT20 game.
2007 – As many as six players made T20I debut for England in the ongoing series. Last time as many as six players made their T20I debut in a series/tournament for England was back in 2007. Six players made their T20I debut during the 2007 WT20 while representing England.
A young bowling line-up:
18 – As many as 18 overs in the New Zealand’s innings were bowled by the players aged less than 25 in the England line-up. Among full member nations, only Pakistan (20 overs vs WI in 2018) bowled overs in a Men’s T20I with players aged less than 25.
5 – Five of the six bowlers England used in this match aged less than 24; the most number of sub-25 aged players England used in a T20I match. In fact, this is only the 2nd instance of five players aged less than 25 bowled in an innings in International cricket for England. The other such one was during the first innings of the 1963 Oval Test against Australia.
Vince @ 5000:
5035 – James Vince completed 5000 runs in the T20 format when he reached his individual score of 14. Vince has batted in 183 innings at an average of 30.51 with 33 fifties and a century.
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