New Zealand Ties T20 Series Against England 2-2

New Zealand Ties T20 Series Against England 2-2

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Mitchell Santner delivered an outstanding performance with the ball, while Tim Seifert led the batting charge as New Zealand secured a six-wicket victory over England at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. This win allowed New Zealand to level the four-match Twenty20 series at 2-2.

During Jonny Bairstow’s explosive innings of 73, it served as a reminder of his remarkable Test century against New Zealand in Nottingham the previous year. At that point, the T20 world champions, England, appeared to be on track for a substantial total in the match.

Despite the absence of England’s white-ball captain Jos Buttler, who was officially rested from the game, New Zealand managed to make a significant impact. They took four wickets for 35 runs, with left-arm spinner Santner delivering an impressive performance with figures of 3/30.

In their chase, New Zealand maintained control, with Tim Seifert contributing 48 runs and the in-form Glenn Phillips adding 42. Mark Chapman’s unbeaten 40 ensured a comfortable victory for New Zealand with 16 balls to spare.

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Following the conclusion of the T20 series, England will now square off against New Zealand in a four-match one-day international series, beginning in Cardiff on Friday. This series marks a part of their preparations for the upcoming title defense in India, which starts next month.

In the T20 series, England secured two dominant victories in the first two matches, winning by seven wickets and 95 runs. However, New Zealand bounced back with a strong 74-run win at Edgbaston in the third match.

“We were far from our best in the first two games and the last two have been closer to what this side is about,” New Zealand captain Tim Southee said at the presentation ceremony. “They (England) got off to a great start tonight but we knew that if we kept taking wickets it was the best way to slow them down. We were trying to be smart and make them take aggressive options.”

Stand-in England captain Moeen Ali said, “They (New Zealand) bowled really well but we just lost some momentum after the powerplay so that was disappointing.” He added, “They had a brilliant start with the bat too and then we couldn’t wrestle it back.”

England got off to a good start, reaching 105/1 after 11 overs, having won the toss. However, Mitchell Santner played a pivotal role in New Zealand’s comeback on the field. Santner’s performance included taking the crucial wicket of Jonny Bairstow. In this innings, the next highest scores were 26 runs each by Dawid Malan and Liam Livingstone.

Jonny Bairstow was particularly dominant during the powerplay, smashing three sixes on the leg side. The pacemen, Matt Henry and Kyle Jamieson, were the bowlers who bore the brunt of his onslaught. However, Bairstow’s aggressive innings came to an end when he attempted to clear the long-on boundary but was caught after lofting a shot off Mitchell Santner down the ground.

Ish Sodhi, another of New Zealand’s spinners, managed to dismiss promising talent Harry Brook, who had been left out of England’s provisional World Cup squad, for just four runs as he holed out. Later, in the 16th over, Santner struck again by removing both Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali.

During his innings, Jonny Bairstow suffered a shoulder injury while batting, prompting the inclusion of regular white-ball keeper Jos Buttler as emergency wicket-keeper.

Tim Seifert played aggressively, hitting sixes off Brydon Carse and Luke Wood, but he was eventually caught and bowled by teenage leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed, who finished with figures of 2/27 in his return to the team. However, Mark Chapman played a crucial role in sealing New Zealand’s victory.

Final Scores:

England 175/8 (Bairstow 73, Santner 3/30) lost to New Zealand 179/4 in 17.2 overs (Seifert 48, Rehan 2/27) by six wickets

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