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England smashed New Zealand all over the park in the fourth T20 international and won it convincingly by 76 runs. That is a huge margin in T20 cricket and will put the visitors in a confident mood ahead of the series decider.
The fifth match of this T20 series between New Zealand and England is a veritable final now and even though there is no title at stake, a series win is something that both the teams will be keen to achieve.
New Zealand has not looked at its best in this series and is lucky to be playing an England side also focused on experimentation with new players. Will the teams make more changes heading into the final match or will they try to give it their all with the series on the line?
New Zealand vs England 5th T20 2019 is going to be played at Eden Park, Auckland on the 10th of November 2019.
The fourth T20 turned out to be a nightmare for New Zealand as they performed poorly with the ball and paid a very heavy price at the hands of the English batsmen. A dropped catch of Eoin Morgans, some over the waist no-balls, and an inability to hit the desired lengths cost the home side heavily.
Tim Southee, Blair Tickner, and Ish Sodhi had very poor days as they gave away a combined 146 runs in eleven overs while picking up just one wicket. The decision to give Jimmy Neesham a rest also backfired as New Zealand could have used him with the ball and certainly with the bat later on.
Trent Boult had a disappointing comeback to the side as he bowled his four overs without picking up a single wicket. Mitchell Santner was the only bowler that seemed to pose some questions to the English batsmen but he also was below his best on the day.
We think Ish Sodhi may be dropped for the final T20 considering it is at Eden Park, another very high-scoring ground, although the pitch is a bit slower than at other venues in New Zealand.
New Zealand’s batsmen did not have any option but to go hell for leather while chasing 242. The openers got off to a good start but it was never going to last. None of the batsmen could convert their starts into anything significant and it was left to Tim Southee down the order to slog his way and get New Zealand to 165 all-out from 16.5 overs.
Tim Siefert and Colin Munro continue to struggle at the top of the order and Martin Guptill still does not have a big score to his name either. We don’t think New Zealand is going to make a change in the batsmen for the last match but a move up the order for Ross Taylor might be a good idea.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, TG Southee, IS Sodhi, TA Boult.
England’s policy of rotation continued as it brought back Chris Jordan and Jonny Bairstow in place of Saqib Mahmood and James Vince. There was still no Adil Rashid, though, and we think he may just continue to sit out in the final T20 match as well.
It really would not have mattered who England made a part of its bowling lineup, though. Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan put on a brutal display of hitting as England raced to its highest T20 total ever. Malan ended up scoring the fastest 100 by an Englishman in T20 cricket and could have easily lost that record to Morgan but the English skipper holed out on 91 in the final overs.
Tom Banton looked very good at the start of the inning again and we just cannot help but think he is about to get a big score very soon. Jonny Bairstow got out poorly but he should get another game at Eden Park to make amends.
This last playing eleven for England was stronger than its previous two matches. We don’t know what changes that they are going to make for the final match but hopefully they are not going to drop any of their key players.
The batting lineup is still a little short with Sam Curran at number six. Lewis Gregory has not been doing much in the side and can easily be replaced by another batsman. That would bring Billings to number 7 and not compromise the bowling of the side at all either.
England’s riches of players means that it is still the stronger side even though its first objective is to try out new players.
Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow, J Vince, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, AU Rashid, Saqib Mahmood.
The team that wins the toss may look to field first, although, it is not expected to be too much of an advantage at this venue.
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Eden Park is the biggest venue in New Zealand in terms of crowd capacity and almost 50 thousand people can pack the stadium at capacity. The average score batting first is 169 after 19 T20 matches. That is a bit low for New Zealand standards and that is because the pitch tends to play a bit slowly.
The boundaries are pretty small in some directions and the bowlers are going to struggle once more, although, probably not as much as what happened in the previous match.
We like England’s T20 side and think the form of Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, and the death bowlers give it a big advantage. The disclaimer here has to be the team selection. England should be able to win the decider provided it picks its best or close to its best side. The absence of Lockie Ferguson also turned out to be a massive loss for New Zealand.
Bet on England to win.
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