With the weather postponing the start of play in the series decider by two hours and reducing the game to 11 overs each side England decided to have a chase. Things did not get off to a great start however, with the run rate during the fourth over being up at 18.50. Each of the opening four overs were bowled by different bowlers and none of them really put the ball in the right areas and with a very short straight boundary Martin Guptill made hay with 50 of 19 deliveries.
Rashid did pull things back a bit in his second over when he took the wicket of Guptill and only went for five further singles. Mahmood back in the side supported Rashid well and after New Zealand’s exciting start the match felt in the balance as England went comfortably at twelve an over a couple of nights ago.
Only one bowler could bowl three overs and England went with Rashid as he had some success in his previous two. Seifert however hit two sixes in the over which injected the momentum back in to the host’s innings for their final onslaught.
Again like his first over earlier Jordan missed his death bowling length a little too often and was punished especially by Seifert who made 39 of 19 deliveries with five sixes. A decent final over from Tom Curran kept New Zealand below 150 as they finished on 146-5. It had been a brutal 55 minutes for England who will look back on their bowling performance with some disappointment of not bowling disciplined enough.
At the halfway stage though England would have fancied their chances as the conditions were all in favour of the batsmen and the incredibly weird ground dimensions. In the Wellington match earlier on in the series England’s batsmen didn’t target the shorter boundary often enough so the chase here would be an opportunity to see if they’d learnt from their mistakes.
Banton departed early for England after a prolonged DRS review where hawk-eye got deliveries mixed up and James Vince at three soon followed after he skewed one to mid-on. It was left then to two experienced pro’s then to really breathe some life into England’s chase and the captain Eoin Morgan duly obliged,
His 17 and Bairstow’s 47 appeared to put England in the box seat until the spinner Mitchell Santner came on and took two wickets in three balls and England required 36 of the last three overs. Sam Billings, the Curran brothers and Jordan took England within five of the last delivery.
Billings hit the final ball which was a full toss for four and you guessed it, we we’re going to a super over. With Hussain and Smith on commentary all sorts of memories from four months earlier came flooding back as Bairstow and Morgan walked out. At least this time round we knew roughly what a good score in a super over was and England appeared to set one in 17 coming of Tim Southee’s over.
Martin Guptill came out for his second one of these obviously after the World Cup final and Tim Seifert who batted well in New Zealand’s 1st innings. Surprisingly perhaps it was Seifert who took strike and after three balls they had scored 7 runs. Chris Jordan who was England’s bowler then turned up the heat with a couple of brilliant death bowling balls and a wonderful catch by captain Morgan meant England won another super over.
Another bizarre finish to a match between these two great cricketing teams. Sillypoint before the series did a post about some of the classic matches between the two and this one will now sit alongside all those that have gone before. It’s just something about when England meets New Zealand in cricket.
Sky Sports Highlights
New Zealand 1st Innings
|M J Guptill||c Banton b Rashid||50||20||3||5|
|C Munro||c Vince b Curran||46||21||2||4|
|C de Grandhomme||c Vince b Mahmood||6||5||1||0|
|T L Seifert||b Curran||39||16||1||5|
|J D S Neesham||1||1||0||0|
|L R P L Taylor||Run Out Curran||3||3||0||0|
|Total||for 5||146||11.0 overs|
|S M Curran||2||0||33||1|
|T K Curran||2||0||30||1|
|C J Jordan||2||0||28||0|
|A U Rashid||3||0||34||1|
England 2nd Innings
|T Banton||lbw b Boult||7||4||0||1|
|J M Bairstow||c Seifert b Neesham||47||18||2||5|
|J M Vince||c Kuggeleijn b Southee||1||2||0||0|
|E J G Morgan||c Kuggeleijn b Boult||17||7||1||2|
|S M Curran||st Seifert b Santner||24||11||2||2|
|L Gregory||c Southee b Santner||6||2||0||1|
|S W Billings||11||10||1||0|
|T K Curran||c de Grandhomme b Neesham||12||9||0||1|
|C J Jordan||12||3||1||1|
|Extras||2lb 0 7w||9|
|Total||for 7||146||11.0 overs|
|T A Boult||3||0||35||2|
|T G Southee||2||0||22||1|
|M J Santner||2||0||20||2|
|S C Kuggeleijn||1||0||20||0|
|I S Sodhi||1||0||22||0|
|J D S Neesham||2||0||25||2|
Man of the Match Jonny Bairstow
Match Tied (England win Super Over)