While Rohit Sharma was poetry in motion at Rajkot in India’s series levelling win just 12 hours ago , England was all brute power at Napier . Having batted first with series on line, England were 58/2 after 7 overs when skipper Eoin Morgan joined forces with inform Dawid Malan who is trying to cement his T20I spot or make a strong impact before the big boys Buttler, Stokes and Roy return. What the spectators on the ground witnessed for remaining 12 overs was total carnage , very rarely seen in a T20 game of two equally matched sides. 182 run stand for 3rd wicket was posted within next 13 overs of absolute insane batting !!!
Malan , who had a quiet start to his test career couple of years ago , seems to have sealed his T20I spot for the next World cup as he plundered an unbeaten 103 runs off just 51 balls with 9 fours and 6 sixes while skipper Morgan bludgeoned his way to 91 off 41 balls with 7 fours and 7 sixes as the decent New Zealand bowlers could not decipher what hit them. It was power hitting at its brilliant best as the ball was travelling to all corners of the ground with both the southpaws getting engaged in a blinder of the partnership at an astounding rate of almost 14 runs an over. Strokes were played all round the wicket, with Malan playing some powerful drives and legside hoicks with strokes in equal measure coming from Morgan too. England closed at 241/3 and thus all but sealed their win the first half of the game.
As expected the Blackcaps went allout in their chase but the brief flashes of brilliance from Guptill(27 off 14) , Munro (30 off 21) and a late final surge from skipper Southee (39 off 15) was far from enough to challenge England’s score with expectedly lot of wickets falling to high catches in the deep. For England Jordan bowled well and Parkinson got 4 wickets. New Zealand were allout for 165 in 16 overs to lose by 76 runs and Malan for his powerpacked 100 was named the man of the match.
With this emphatic performance, England have levelled the series 2-2 and are now high on momentum to start as favourites to take the series in the final T20I.