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New Zealand vs England, 5th T20I

England in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2019 | 5th T20I | Sunday 10th November | 01:00
 Match Ended
New Zealand
146/5 (11.0) RR:13.27
England
146/7 (11.0) RR:13.27
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England lift the trophy, having taken the series 3-2! What a fabulous series. Started England's way, tilted towards New Zealand, almost overturned but at the last moment, Jordan pulled it back - first with the bat and then with the ball. The teams now get ready to play red-ball cricket, with the first Test starting on Thursday, 21st November, 2019 at 11 am local (2200 GMT) in Mount Maunganui. One of our colleagues (we call him Selfie, do not ask why), feels that the best timings across the world to watch cricket is Tests in New Zealand. He is already ready, eagerly waiting for the first ball to be bowled, to cover that series. You be there too. But for now, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious England captain, Eoin Morgan, says that he is delighted with the result, first of all, being surprised that they manged to get a game given the conditions. Praises both sides for playing really well in a 11-over game and adds that Chris Jordan was super in the Super Over. On his stunning catch, Morgan says that he himself is surprised and believes that lot of money would have been lost by people betting on him to drop the catch. On his thoughts about playing an extended game, Eoin says that none of the players would have minded it, given the excitement it caused.

New Zealand captain, Tim Southee, feels that it was a great entertainment for the crowd but is sad that he could not finish on the right side of it. On being asked abut 146, Southee says that he did feel that it might be enough but adds that now-a-days, nothing can be taken for granted. Feels that it was a terrific T20I series and is looking forward to the Tests now.

MITCHELL SANTNER HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE SERIES. No interview. Strange.

JONNY BAIRSTOW HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Bairstow says that it does feel nice to score some runs and add value to the team's cause. Feels the pitch was excellent for the batsmen. Admits that 147 was imposing but also says that there were a few guys in the team who have played T10 cricket and they had the confidence. Hopes to take this momentum into the Test series.

Now, England. How did they win this? Just like they did on July 14, 2019. The Kiwis were the better side for the major portion of the game but the visitors won crucial moments. For instance, after going for 55 in the first 3 overs, stemming the run flow. At that stage, some might have expected even 200 from the Kiwis. Then, with the bat, to pull off a heist in spite of losing Morgan, then Bairstow. Hats off to the Sam Currans and the Chris Jordans who made fans believe that if you stay till the end, you can still cross the line. Please stay tuned for the presentation.

With the bat, one has to question the shot selections by some of the Kiwi batsmen. They got out to the longest part of the boundary which should not have been the case. Targeting the right bowlers to the correct side of the ground, is the ideal way to go.

One of the few decisions was the choice to let Tim Seifert face the first ball of the Super Over. Too high a pressure to let the youngster face. Guptill should have faced it. Then backtracking, some of the bowling lengths, allowing Sam Curran to get some easy runs and then that final over from James Neesham - full tosses at that stage?

Finally, the match ends. A game which should have started at 2 pm local and ended at 5.30 pm, started around 4 pm and has ended at 6.30 pm instead. But what a thriller. Boiling down to the last ball of the regular game and then into the Super Over. England have been given back what they gave in Nelson. The Kiwis had this in the bag - but some poor decisions cost them the game.

Ball 6: Chris Jordan to Colin de Grandhomme, DOT BALL. ENGLAND WIN BY 9 RUNS IN THE SUPER OVER! It is over. Jordan has done it. Outside off, de Grandhomme punches it away but it is straight to cover. The batsmen do not even bother running, helplessly looking at the cock-a-hoop English side.

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