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New Zealand vs England, 2nd T20I

England in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2019 | 2nd T20I | Sunday 3rd November | 01:00
 Match Ended
New Zealand
176/8 (20.0) RR:8.8
England
155 (19.5) RR:7.81
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'Expect the Black Caps to come back really hard but again, how do you beat this England side? Confused by our own thoughts? Sit on the fence. Best case.' This is what we felt while writing the preview. This is what we still feel. You can never write either side out, so don't even think about momentum. Take a break, chill out and come back for the third T20I on Tuesday, 5th November, 2019 at 2 pm local (0100 GMT) for all the action from the third T20I from the Saxton Oval in Nelson. No one is a favourite. We continue sitting on the fence. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious New Zealand captain, Tim Southee, says that it was a better performance in all three areas. Praises his bowlers for doing well throughout the game. On the result differing from the first game, Southee says that the plans were the same, only the execution was different. Believes that if they stick to their plans and play positive cricket, the result will come their way.

England captain, Eoin Morgan, says that New Zealand played really well, even though England bowled reasonably well. Laments the dropped catches though while admits that there was hardly any batting shown by his side. Also feels that the ground dimensions were not sized up properly by his batsmen. Wants his young side to maintain a positive mindset despite the defeat. Believes that it is important to make mistakes and even more important is learning from them.

MITCHELL SANTNER HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Santner says that it was nice to get a win. On the excellent fielding, Mitchell says that it was discussed at the end of the last match that fielding needs to improve and when that happens, the bowling automatically improves. On being asked to stress further on the talks, Mitchell says that they needed to improve in all three departments, which began with an attacking stint with the bat and then bowling tight lines, being backed up in the field.

Here is a stat. 9 catches were taken in this inning. ALL BY FIELDERS. Not 1 by a wicket-keeper. This is only the 4th such instance in a T20I, with the previous instance being between Pakistan and West Indies in Karachi in 2018. Wow. Here comes the presentation.

176 was the score but still, it was below par. Because normally, high scores are chased down at the Westpac. However, New Zealand bowlers studied the ground dimensions perfectly. They kept fielders at the right positions and catches were taken with ease. Everyone bowled well and even though there were some tense moments at the death, they came out on top nicely.

It all began with a positive intent while batting. Martin Guptill held one end up and then cameos from de Grandhomme and Neesham lifted the Kiwis close to 180. Only Sam Curran and Chris Jordan stood out while the inexperienced bowling attack was inconsistent today.

Proper gentlemen are New Zealand. Why so? Because a true gentleman sticks to his promise and tellings. At the end of the first T20I, New Zealand said they needed to improve in all three departments and boy, have they followed that thought in style!

W 19.5
Daryl Mitchell to Adil Rashid

OUT! BOWLED! That ends the game. A perfect yorker from Mitchell, right at the base of off stump, Rashid swings hard but misses. The ball hits the off timber. NZ WIN BY 21 RUNS, LEVEL SERIES 1-1!

1 19.4
Daryl Mitchell to Pat Brown

Full on middle, pushed through mid on for a single.

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