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Jordan powers England to series win

  • Published at 06:55 pm November 10th, 2019
England players celebrate with the T20I series trophy in Auckland Sunday AFP

The two sides will next play a two-Test series, with the first starting from Nov. 21 in Mount Maunganui

England all-rounder Chris Jordan shone with both bat and ball to steer his side to a thrilling super over win against host New Zealand in the rain-truncated fifth and final T20I in Auckland Sunday and a 3-2 series victory.

Chasing New Zealand's total of 146/5, the touring side needed 16 runs from the last over for victory but managed only three from James Neesham's first three deliveries.

Walking in to bat at the fall of Tom Curran, Jordan smashed a six and a four to score 12 from the remaining three deliveries to take his team to 146/7 and force the super over.

The right-arm seamer then expertly defended the touring side's super over score of 17, taking a wicket while giving away just eight runs.

The deciding match between this year's 50-over World Cup finalists was reduced to 11 overs a side due to rain and Martin Guptill and his opening partner Colin Munro gave New Zealand a blistering start after Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl.

The duo added 83 in five overs, including 55 in the first three of the powerplay, to lay the foundation for their imposing total at the ground, which last year witnessed Australia make 245/5 for the highest successful run chase in the format.

Guptill fell after hitting five sixes and three fours in his 20-ball 50 while Munro was out for 46 off 21 balls.

Wicket-keeper Tim Seifert produced the fireworks at the end for the Black Caps with a knock of 39 from 16 balls.

England lost two early wickets in their chase but were never behind the steep required rate of over 13 with Jonny Bairstow hitting boundaries at will.

The right-handed opener hit two fours and five sixes in his 47 off 18 balls with Morgan and Sam Curran also chipping in with useful contributions.

The two sides will next play a two-Test series, with the first starting from Nov. 21 in Mount Maunganui.

5TH T20I

ENGLAND 146/7 in 11 overs (Bairstow 47, Santner 2/20) beat NEW ZEALAND 146/5 in 11 overs (Guptill 50, Munro 46) in the Super Over