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Malan’s Maiden T20I Hundred Helps England Level The Series

New Zealand skipper Tim Southee won the toss and elected to bowl first. England got off to a poor start losing the early wicket of Jonny Bairstow with 16 runs on the board. The other opener Tom Banton failed to convert his start of 31 runs into a bigger innings and got out pretty soon. The duo comprising of Dawid Malan and skipper Eoin Morgan then combined together to steady the England innings.

The pair stitched a superb partnership of 82 runs for the third wicket. Morgan was very much unfortunate as he fell just nine runs short of his first T20I ton. However, Malan racked up a stunning unbeaten knock of 101 runs off just 51 balls that included nine fours and six sixes as England scored 241 for 3 in 20 overs. For New Zealand, Mitchell Santner picked two wickets.

While chasing a monumental target of 242 runs, New Zealand got off to a positive start with the two openers, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro adding 54 runs for the first wicket. However, both the openers failed to convert their respective starts into bigger scores. With their dismissals, New Zealand suffered a dramatic batting collapse.

From 58 for 1, New Zealand suddenly collapsed to 89 for 6 and with this the required run-rate rised substantially.  After this batting collapse, things became very much difficult for the lower-order batsmen as New Zealand bundled out for a total of 165 runs in 16.5 overs. For England, Matthew Parkinson took four crucial wickets, while Chris Jordan picked two scalps.

Brief Scores

England: 241/3 in 20 overs (Dawid Malan-101*, Eoin Morgan-91; Mitchell Santner 2/32)

New Zealand: 165/10 in 16.5 overs (Tim Southee-39, Colin Munro-30; Matthew Parkinson 4/47, Chris Jordan 2/24)

Result: England won the match by 76 runs.