New Zealand continued to remain dominant in the 5-match T20I series against England at home after they won the third game by 14 runs. The Black Caps have now taken a 2-1 lead in the series and are looking good. England, meanwhile, have struggled with the inexperience in their batting and bowling and would really need to produce something special to make a comeback in this series.
New Zealand will go into the 4th T20I at Napier on 8 November with plenty of confidence and will hope to seal the series there. Their batting unit produced a solid performance in the last game with Martin Guptill (33), Colin de Grandhomme (55) and Ross Taylor (27) being the standout stars. However, the continued lack of runs from opener Colin Munro wicket-keeper Tim Seifert will now be a concern. Perhaps, the experienced Ross Taylor should be moved to the No.3 position to control the game.
New Zealand’s bowling continues to look impressive. Captain Tim Southee has been economical. But he will be really happy with the performance of fast bowler Lockie Ferguson and seamer Blair Tickner. They could be a threat for the visitors in the 4th T20I.
England, meanwhile, have looked good only in patches. Their bowling wasn’t at its best in the last game and their batting is heavily dependent on the top order. Dawid Malan, James Vince and skipper Eoin Morgan have been doing the bulk of the scoring for the team. The likes of Tom Banton, Sam Billings and Sam Curran would have to contribute if they can challenge the Kiwis in this match.
Sam Curran and Tom Curran have been doing the job for England in the bowling department. But, newbies like Saqib Mahmood and Patrick Brown have failed to impress. The pitch at Napier will help the Curran brothers and they would again have to take the responsibility to do the most damage in the 4th T20I. If they fail, then the New Zealand batsmen are likely to put pressure on the others.
Match preview – New Zealand vs England, 4th T20I:
The 4th T20I between New Zealand and England will only be the second T20I played at McLean Park, Napier.
The pitch here is expected to be a true surface – good for batting with occasional help for the seamers and slower bowlers. If New Zealand bats first, we can expect a total of 180+ by them. However, England’s inexperienced batting unit might struggle against the seam bowling of New Zealand. The combined total for this match should be in the range of 320-330 runs.
New Zealand are looking well-settled now and are truly driving the home advantage. England have slipped after the first game and the inexperience in their squad is telling. New Zealand is in good rhythm and are better balanced than the opposition. They are likely to win the 4th T20I and clinch the series.