About the Match
Sealing a superb 3-2 ODI series victory over New Zealand, hosts England are jubilant going into the only T20 match of the tour, scheduled to be held on 23rd June at Manchester. It was a commendable performance by the English to make a comeback into the ODI series after losing two matches consecutively, and clinch the title. With the test series leveled, the T20 match on Tuesday is the last hurdle for the hosts to conquer and give themselves a pat in the back, which was long due. The contest will surely be exciting as the Kiwis will try to make amends and win the shorter format of the game to return home with something to cheer about. It remains to be seen which team can bring out its very best and dominate the other to register a win here.
They performed brilliantly to win the second and third ODIs with a flurry of runs scored by the batsmen but unfortunately they couldn’t overcome the hosts in the final two matches. However, the Kiwis are determined to make a comeback in the upcoming T20 match with another exuberant performance with both bat and ball. While Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Guptill and McCullum himself are known for their hard-hitting skills, there are several others like Grant Elliott, Matt Henry, Ronchi and Tom Latham who provide the depth in the batting line-up. The bowling attack will be led by Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan, who were among the wicket-takers during the ODIs along with youngsters Mitchell Santer, Adam Milne, Matt Henry and Andrew Mathieson. Nathan McCullum and Taylor along with other part-time bowlers will provide the variety to the attack and they will surely pull out some tricks from the bag to get the better of the English batsmen.
Eoin Morgan will lead the side from the front as he prepares to take on the Kiwis with confidence; his superb 113 off 82 in the 4th ODI just shows that he is motivated to do his best for the team. Joe Root, Alex Hales and Sam Billings will provide the required support in the batting line-up while all-rounders like Ben Stokes, David Willey and James Vince will be expected to rise up to the occasion and perform as the situation demands. With Steven Finn, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley and Mark Wood bringing their wicket-taking abilities to the table, the team will be determined to restrict the opposition to a low total. Morgan has tremendous experience in this format of the game, having played in the different T20 leagues across the world and will guide his teammates to come out all guns blazing against the strong-minded Kiwis. If the top order can build a good foundation upon which the middle-order players can improvise further, then this surely will be a tough nut to crack for the visitors.
After an emphatic ODI series win, England has surely received a major morale boost to keep its winning momentum going; we feel that New Zealand will not hold back on any front to unleash its firepower with both and ball. McCullum and Mclenahaghan perfromed brilliantly and are tailor-made for T20 Cricket. McCullum's firepower along with Williamson's stability added to the balanced bowling lineup tempts me to bet on Kiwis