England thrashed New Zealand by 76 runs in their 4th T20I in Napier, to level the five match series at two wins apiece.
Both sides showed changes from the previous match in Nelson with Blair Tickner and Trent Boult coming in for the Kiwis in place of Jimmy Neesham and Lockie Ferguson, whilst, for England, Tom Banton, Tom Curran and Matthew Parkinson were preferred to James Vince, Adil Rashid and Saqib Mahmood.
New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl first, enjoying early success when Jonny Bairstow was caught by Daryl Mitchell off Mitchell Santner in the fourth over. Banton and Dawid Malan then put on 42 for the second wicket, until Banton was lbw to Santner for 31, having hit one six.
Captain Eoin Morgan came to the crease to join Malan, and the momentum shifted in favour of England. The pair put on 182 for the third wicket in a little over 12 overs, scoring at well over 2 runs a ball. Malan made his first ever century at this level, finishing with 103 not out, scored off 51 balls, finishing with 6 sixes and 9 fours to his name. Morgan, meanwhile, made 91 off 41 balls, including 7 sixes and 7 fours. Morgan fell off the fourth ball off the final over, caught by Mitchell off Tim Southee, but Malan helped his side finish on 241 – 3 from their 20 overs.
The New Zealand bowlers will not be in a hurry to revisit their figures, with Mitchell, in particular, conceding 25 runs off the one over he bowled.
In reply, New Zealand got off to a good start, with Martin Guptill and Colin Munro putting on 54 for the first wicket. However, Guptill’s dismissal for 27, which included 3 sixes, began a top order collapse. In the next over, Curran turned catcher to take the wicket of Tim Seiffert off Chris Jordan, and then Parkinson took the first of his wickets when Colin de Grandhomme was caught by Banton. Then, with his next ball, he accounted for Munro, who had reached 30, Patrick Brown supplying the catch.
In Parkinson’s following over, he had Mitchell caught by Jordan, and when Ross Taylor was dismissed by Brown for 14, Banton again with the catch, New Zealand had slumped to 89 – 6.
The New Zealand skipper Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner then shared a 49 run stand for the 7th wicket, before Southee became Parkinson’s fourth victim, lbw for 39, including 4 sixes.
In the following over, Santner was caught behind off Sam Curran for 10, and then Ish Sodhi was run out by Jordan for 9. The last man out was Trent Boult, bowled by Jordan for 9, as New Zealand were all out for 165, with more than three overs of their innings still to be bowled.
Parkinson finished with figures of 4 for 47.