England Beat New Zealand By 4 Wickets, Bags The 3rd T20I With The Series


England Beat New Zealand By 4 Wickets, Bags The 3rd T20I With The Series

England thumped the second win of the T20I series against the White Ferns, by 4 wickets along with 1 ball remaining thus grabbing the series by a lead of 2-1 and moving into the ODIs with a lot more positive momentum.

And the dramatic match came to an end with the England skipper Heather Knight bagging the Player of the Match for her outstanding 42-run knock that sailed the team to the victory which was possible also for Danni Wyatt (35) and Amy Jones (32).

England won the toss and summoned the White Ferns to set the target, to which, Suzie Bates and the skipper Sophie Devine took to the sails with their willows and walked right on to the wickets. The first over was a balanced one with just 3 runs coming followed by the very first ball-four off the second over from the bat of Bates and another one the last ball of the same over.

Devine too got charged with Bates and shrugged the 2nd ball of the third over for a boundary off the legs behind square followed by another by Bates in the same over. The start was built well for the Kiwis as Bates was on fire with the fourth ball of the fifth over was creamed through the midwicket for a fantastic four. Despite getting a stable and furious start, the last over of the powerplay could bring no boundary that summed it to 37 for no loss.

The bashing Bates could not steal the show for any longer than the fifth ball of the seventh over after whacking the fourth through the leg side for a boundary. And here came the expressed 34-run knock. This somewhat help New Zealand stoop deliberately before the enormous English attack until a much-awaited boundary knocked on the fifth ball of the tenth over which concluded at 61 for 1. And again after a gap of almost one and a half overs, Devine was in the mood to strike the slower in the twelfth over for a fanciful four over mid-wicket.

The partnership, though slow, but was taking a leap steadily until it came to an end as Amy Sattherwaite succumbed to Katherine Brunt on the second ball of the fourteenth over followed by the skipper’s wicket in the very next over at a knock of 35 off 33 balls.

Two of the set batters were back into the pavilion by the end of the 15th over. Two fresh sailors on the boat of the wickets, Maddy Green and Brooke Halliday. With singles, they kicked off and started rotating the strike until Green got the loose ball at the right place with the tightest strokes back-to-back on the fourth and fifth ball of the seventeenth over. But Green departed too soon as Nat Sciver got the breakthrough for her team in the eighteenth over.

With only a couple of overs left to set the target, Katey Martin was off the mark on her very first ball with a pinging boundary through the off side followed by her second on the very consecutive ball. Halliday too contributed to the gaining momentum with a four more on the very first ball of the nineteenth over followed by two more in the same. The streak could have brought some more as the mood was built but Martin kept satisfied with only a boundary in the last over that put the score to 144 for the loss of 4.

England needed 145 runs to win the match along with the series by 2-1. To put life to the earlier sentence, Danni Wyatt and Tamsin Beaumont stepped into the ground to chase the 145 down. The start was not so different but only two runs sufficed to form the first over. A different kind of batting was seen which was strategically planned to be poised in the beginning. The second over too didn’t yield much until Wyatt opened her arms to hit the first boundary and the first maximum of the match on the third and fifth ball, respectively.

Just as Wyatt was into the air too heated from the very beginning, Beaumont was caught by Sophie Devine as she fell to Amelia Kerr at 3. But Wyatt looked in full force today as the early wicket didn’t bother her much and she smashed the third and fifth ball of the fourth over for two breath-taking boundaries, one over deep square leg and another edged past the stumps for four. Wyatt and her willow were in another conversation today as, after a tiny stretch of dots, Wyatt smashed three boundaries back to back as the powerplay concluded at 40 for 1.

Sciver got an early blow in the seventh over followed by the set Wyatt, a breakthrough that Leigh Kasperek brought for her team. The new down Amy Jones looked poignant with the two consecutive boundaries in the eighth over and her third in the ninth. The skipper Heather Knight was low-key until Jones’ two back-to-back boundaries in the 12th over and the over’s third came from the bat of Knight. The good-in-touch Jones fell in the 13th over as Kasperek brought the wicket for the Kiwis at a knock of 32 off just 29 people.

This was a huge blow for the team until Knight released some after a long time of dots and singles, with a much-awaited four in the sixteenth over. Knight was trying to open her arms totally that finally came as the fourth ball of the 16th ball. With a healthy running between the wickets that brought plenty of singles and doubles and dots, Knight brought a pressure-releasing boundary on the second ball of the nineteenth over but that was short-lived as she walked back to the pavilion in the same over at a memorable knock of 42 off just 36 balls followed by Maia Bouchier’s wicket in the last over that almost shattered the hopes of winning the series. But the dramatic match-winning boundary on the second-last ball of the last over by Sophia Dunkley pushed the team to the winner’s podium past at 145 for the loss of 6.