By George Marrable
- England beat New Zealand by 2 runs in the T20I Tri-series
- Despite victory, England still miss out on reaching the final.
- Eoin Morgan made 80 to lead England to victory.
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – A destructive innings from Eoin Morgan and victory for England still wasn’t enough for the tourists as they failed to reach the final of the T20I tri-series.
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Jason Roy – 5/10 – Roy got England off to a quick start in Hamilton, making 21 runs off just 13 balls as England started the innings positively.
Alex Hales – 2/10 – Despite Roy starting positively, Hales once again failed to make an impact, with just 1 run from 4 balls.
Dawid Malan – 7/10 – After Hales was removed early, Malan carried on the charge with a strong innings of 53. Malan batted expansively, consistently clearing the boundary with five 6’s.
Eoin Morgan – 9/10 – A brilliant captain’s innings from Morgan as he led the charge for England. Morgan was destructive as he took apart the New Zealand attack with 80 runs from just 46 balls, including six 6’s.
Jos Buttler – 2/10 – Buttler made very little impact on the game, making just 2.
Sam Billings – 2/10 – As England struggled towards the latter stages of the innings, Billings also struggled, making just 6.
David Willey – 2/10 – Willey could only add 10 towards the end of the innings and finished with expensive figures of 0-33 from his three overs.
Liam Dawson – 6/10 – The left arm spinner bowled very economically whilst the quick bowlers were took apart. Whilst he only finished with one wicket, he went for less then 7 and over and bowled incredibly well to restrict the New Zealand batsmen.
Chris Jordan – 3/10 – Jordan was attacked by the New Zealand batsmen as they got off to a flying start, and the England bowler finished wicketless from his spell with an economy of over 10.
Tom Curran – 5/10 – Despite finishing with a fairly expensive economy, Curran picked up the wicket of Ross Taylor as England looked to restrict New Zealand.
Adil Rashid – 7/10 – Far and away England’s bets bowler, Rashid bowled excellently, restricting the batsmen to less than a run a ball from his spell.
Martin Guptill – 8/10 – An excellent innings from Guptill as he made 62 from 47 balls, batting for the majority of the innings and rotating the strike well to allow Munro to continue his big hitting.
Colin Munro – 8/10 – An unbelievable innings from Munro as he made one of the quickest ever T20I 50’s, making 57 including three 4’s and seven 6’s.
Kane Williamson – 3/10 – New Zealand’s captain, for once, struggled and could only make 8 runs.
Mark Chapman – 6/10 – Chapman was there at the end as New Zealand fell desperately short of their target. He supported Guptill throughout his innings, and finished with a score of 37* not out.
Ross Taylor – 3/10 – Taylor could only make 7 as he entered the game slightly later than he would have expected.
Colin de Grandhomme – 6/10 – De Grandhomme only had five balls to try and help New Zealand to their target, and finished on 8* not out. He also bowled 4 tight overs as England started to rally.
Tim Seifert – 5/10 – Took a smart stumping to dismiss Buttler but did not get a chance to bat.
Mitchell Santner – 2/10 – Very expensive from the two overs he bowled, going for a huge 32 from that spell.
Tim Southee – 8/10 – The best bowler on either side, Southee was excellent. Bowling a consistent line, Southee varied his pace to keep the England batsmen guessing.
Ish Sodhi – 6/10 – One of the world’s best T20 bowlers put in a good performance again, finishing with figures of 1-31 from his four overs.
Trent Boult – 6/10 – Hugely effective but hugely expensive; Trent Boult finished with three wickets, including the key wicket of Jason Roy. However, the quick opening bowler went for a fair few runs, going at an average of 12.50 an over.
Since being eliminated from the tri-series, England are not in action until they face New Zealand in the ODI series on 25th February in Auckland.
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