Published: Tue, November 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England's fringe players have 'raised the benchmark' - Eoin Morgan

England's fringe players have 'raised the benchmark' - Eoin Morgan

England snatched the Twenty20 series against New Zealand in dramatic fashion in Auckland on Sunday, with a super over required to break the deadlock in scenes reminiscent of the World Cup final four months ago.

The fate of the Super Over once again went in favour of England, who scored 16 runs before defending the total to take home the series.

The game was shortened due to rain and both sides were allotted 11 overs.

Seifert's dismissal left New Zealand requiring 11 for victory, and Guptill's inability to get underneath a Jordan yorker from the penultimate delivery meant the equation came down to an impossible 10 from one as England sealed a fourth successive T20 series win.

Without Jordan, England wouldn't even have reached the super over in the first place. For the second time in four months, fans witnessed yet another super over, this time in the shortest format of the game, to decide the victor of the contest.

As Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan walked out to bat, everyone's minds turned back to the deciding factor at Lord's.

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The two sides will be next seen in a two-Test series starting November 20. Guptill belted three boundaries and five sixes, while his partner Munro cleared the ropes four times before New Zealand bounced back dismissing both batsmen in quick succession.

New Zealand made the unusual decision to nominate wicketkeeper Tim Seifert to take the first ball of its Super Over, bowled by Chris Jordan.

Neesham started the final over superbly, taking a wicket and conceding just three runs from his first three deliveries, leaving England needing 13 from the final three balls. "In the Super Over, I thought the standout was Chris Jordan, a guy who's extremely calm under pressure and delivers", he said.

Munro was caught in the deep for 46 from 21 overs in the penultimate over off Sam Curran, who saw Seifert take 16 from his last three balls, including a daring baseball-style club over midwicket for six.

Jordan struck a crucial six from the bowling of Jimmy Neesham, then hit a four from the last ball to tie the scores and send the match into the one-over eliminator.

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