After losing back-to-back games, England put up a surprisingly dominant show in the 4th T20I against New Zealand at Napier and thumped the home side by 76 runs. Posting a mammoth 241-3 on board courtesy Dawid Malan (103*) and captain Eoin Morgan (91), England produced a stunning display of batting and completely crushed the Kiwi bowling lineup.
With this terrific win, England has now leveled the series 2-2. The 5th and final T20I on November 10 at Auckland will hence be the decider.
This has been a very closely contested series with both teams evenly matched and taking the momentum at different times. The final game is hence deliciously set up and difficult to call.
New Zealand, the home side, will of course have a slight advantage in the game. Their bowling and batting were both disappointing in the last match. Except for openers Martin Guptill (27) and Colin Munro (30), the middle-order completely collapsed under the weight of the monumental target. Wicket-keeper Tim Seifert has been given a repeated run at No.3 and he has failed to deliver. The experienced Ross Taylor should be given that position instead in the final match. Colin de Grandhomme too will have to come good if the Black Caps hope to win the series.
New Zealand’s bowling was an embarrassment in the last game with everyone barring spinner Mitchell Santner leaking runs by the bucketful. The pitch for the final T20I will again be flat and captain Tim Southee along with Trent Boult will have to take up the major responsibility while Santner will be doing the containing job.
England, meanwhile, will be buoyed by their performance in the 4th match. Their batting was terrific and if Jonny Bairstow comes to the party along with the heroes of the last game, Dawid Malan and skipper Morgan, then New Zealand will have a lot to worry about.
England’s bowling too looked in its elements with Sam Curran and Tom Curran again doing a fine job. The best performance, though, was by Tom Curran (2-24). England still have a few chinks in their bowling in the name of Matthew Parkinson and Patrick Brown. This can be exploited by New Zealand.
Match Betting Tips – New Zealand vs England, 5th T20I:
The pitch at Eden Park, Auckland – the venue for the 5th T20I between New Zealand and England – is expected to be a belter. Totals of 200+ have been achieved on this ground on five occasions and the average 1st innings score here is 169.
For the final T20I, we can expect another belter of a surface and a high-scoring game. The highest total at Eden Park is 245-5 which was achieved by Australia in a chase. Hence, we get an indication that the pitch stays true for batting throughout.
The team batting first is likely to score in excess of 180-200. In fact, another 220-plus score cannot be ruled out either. The bowlers will be punished and we will see a flurry of boundaries. The total number of runs achieved in the game is expected to be 360-380.
This is a very difficult game to call as England suddenly looks very strong while New Zealand retains the home advantage. We can expect a closely contested match with New Zealand having a slight edge of 55:45. New Zealand is the likely winners of this contest.