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New Zealand vs England, 1st T20I

England in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2019 | 1st T20I | Friday 1st November | 01:00
 Match Ended
New Zealand
153/5 (20.0) RR:7.65
England
154/3 (18.3) RR:8.32
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Right! The first game is done and dusted in 190 minutes. No time wasting. England have also wasted no time in adjusting to the conditions and have won convincingly, without this being their best squad. New Zealand do not have much time for a turnaround as the second T20I starts on Sunday, 3rd November, 2019 at 2 pm local (0100 GMT). Join us then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious England captain, Eoin Morgan, hits the nail on the head. Says that the game was more or less won or lost in the first innings itself, as he feels that they were chasing a total 20 below par on a surface which was two-paced. Praises his bowlers and specially the debutants, for holding their nerves. Is enjoying England's welcome to New Zealand's shores. On fielding three debutants, Morgan says that the management needs time to get a settled 15 into the World Cup in October and the resting of 7 guys is a plan in that direction. Admits that all new players will not get a chance to go to Australia but believes that at least the selectors get some options. Is happy to be 1-0 up and is looking forward to the next match in Wellington.

New Zealand's captain, Tim Southee, admits that it is a tough start for the series. Praises England but feels that New Zealand were off in all three departments. Adds that a couple of early wickets could have put pressure on the England batters but it never happened. With the bat, he reckons that they could have got a few runs more.

JAMES VINCE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE MAN OF THE MATCH (Sigh... batsman's game). Praises his bowlers for setting up the win, as the total was not a huge one to chase. On the pitch, feels that it was a good one to bat upon, especially after getting set. Lauds captain Morgan for taking his side home.

A difficult match for the Kiwi bowlers. Their batsmen could not quite get a big total and they simply could not find anything on the surface to keep England quiet. And this is a side without Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Alex Hales and Joe Root. D. E. P. T. H. Who is your Man Of The Match? Chris Jordan? Or James Vince? Please stayed tuned for the presentation...

A very important match for James Vince. He has this habit to getting in, feeling good, making the team look nice and then throw it away. He did that again in this game, getting to 59 and making the cardinal sin of not staying till the end. But because the job was not that difficult, he got away with it.

A comfortable win for England in the end. They never looked to be in trouble and it was a matter of one good partnership and one set batsman staying deep. The first two stands set the tone and then the 54-run stand between Vince and Morgan sealed the deal.

6 18.3
Tim Southee to Eoin Morgan

SIX! ENGLAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS! What a batting effort from the English team. Southee goes short and on middle, Morgan pulls it handsomely. The ball sails up and over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum. The fielder there is a mere spectator.

4 18.2
Tim Southee to Eoin Morgan

FOUR! Morgan stays back to this length ball and flat-bats it past the bowler. Santner at mid off dives across to his left. But fails to field it. The ball in the end reaches long off for a boundary.

0 18.1
Tim Southee to Eoin Morgan

Southee goes short and wide outside off, Morgan looks to cut but fails to middle it as the ball goes past the outside edge and into the mitts of the keeper.

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