Hyderabad: Similar to what had happened earlier in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final, Newzealand and England battled it out in the fifth and final T20 of the series as both teams were evenly poised with two wins each.
Although the rain played the spoil-sport at Eden Park, England won the toss. It decided to bowl in an 11-over rain-affected game as Martin Guptill and Colin Munro walked in and wreaked havoc against the English bowlers as Newzealand posted a mountain score of 146 in 11 overs.
Opener Martin Guptill scored a blistering 50 off 19 deliveries as Colin Munro assisted him well by scoring a 46. Wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert scored a quick 39.
Chasing a huge target of 147, The English Batsmen didn’t start off well as Skipper Tim Southee, and Trent boult caused early damages to the English side. Jonny Bairstow then took control of the innings and scored a quick-fire 47 off 18 deliveries with assists from skipper Eoin Morgan, Sam Curran and the remaining English Tail.
By the end of the England innings, the result of the game was something similar to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final. The match ended up in a draw, and a super-over was up on the cards.
Batting second in the match, England Skipper Eoin Morgan chose himself and Jonny Bairstow to bat in the super over as Newzealand skipper Tim Southee took the responsibility of bowling the super over.
The English Batsmen went all guns blazing as they scored 17 runs in the Super over. Chasing a target of 18 to win the match, Wicketkeeper Tim Seifert hit Chris Jordan for a six but Jordan had the last laugh as he dismissed Seifert for 6(4).
Things seemed too late for Newzealand as none of the Newzealand found the sweet spot of their willows and was only able to score eight runs in the super over bowled by Chris Jordan.
Although both the teams were in a similar situation as that of the World Cup final, There was an assured winner by a fair margin of 9 runs as England won the T20 series 3-2.
Jonny Bairstow was adjudged the Man of the match for his 47 and 8* as Mitchell Santner was adjudged the player of the series for his economical bowling.