Twitter Reactions: Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan lead England to a massive victory against New Zealand

New Zealand lost the 4th T20I by a margin of 76 runs.

England and New Zealand
England and New Zealand. (Photo Source: Twitter)

On Friday, the fourth of the five-match T20I series was played at McLean Park in Napier between New Zealand and England. And, it turned out to be a graveyard for the bowlers, who were smashed for the runs across the park in both the innings of the match.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl first, but their decision went against them as the visitors’ innings started. England team got off to a poor start as they lost their opener Jonny Bairstow at a score of 16. After him, the young right-handed batter Tom Banton attacked and the innings took off when he smashed 17 in the last over of the powerplay. He looked pretty settled but was trapped in front of the stumps by Kiwi spinner Mitchell Santner after scoring 31 off 21 balls.


Morgan joins the party with Dawid Malan

Later on, Eoin Morgan joined the party with Dawid Malan and smashed almost every bowler across the park. In the span of six overs, between 8th and 14th, the duo collected 88 runs for the team. The 16th over of England’s innings turned out to be the biggest of all. The left-handed batter Malan went for 28 runs with three sixes, two fours and a double against Ish Sodhi and in the end, went past his hundred with a six on a juicy full toss bowled by Trent Boult.

Although Morgan couldn’t score his T20I hundred but batted brilliantly to dismantle the bowling line-up of Kiwis. He scored 91 runs off 41 balls that helped England to post a mammoth total of 241 runs in 20 overs for the loss of just three wickets.

New Zealand collapse in quest of quick runs

New Zealand got an opening stand of 50 runs but they lost their way during the chase. As soon as their openers were dismissed by the England bowlers, no other batter from the line-up contributed significantly. The middle-order collapse led New Zealand to face a 76-run defeat. The skipper of the team Tim Southee played a brief cameo of 39 runs in 15 balls but it was too late for the team to go past England’s total.

New Zealand were bundled out for just 165 runs in 16.5 overs. After a brilliant batting display from England, it was Matthew Parkinson, the leg spinner, who turned out to be the finest bowler among the visitors bowling line-up. He registered brilliant bowling figures of 4/47 dismissing Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell and Tim Southee.

Here is how Twitter reacted: