England beat New Zealand in another super over to win a thrilling Twenty20 decider against New Zealand and clinch the series 3-2.
In scenes mirroring last summer’s Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s, the scores were tied after an exhilarating shortened match in Auckland.
The Black Caps posted 146-5 from their 11 overs, with Martin Guptill smashing a 19-ball fifty and Tim Seifert hitting 39 from 16 balls.
INCREDIBLE FINISH! England get home in yet another SUPER OVER finale between these two sides 🏏 We manage eight from our six balls! Congrats @englandcricket you’ve got it over us in this SUPER OVER business!!!#NZvENG #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/g5Ou7VnI4P
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 10, 2019
In reply, England looked in trouble at 39-3 but Jonny Bairstow’s 18-ball 47 and two final-over boundaries from Chris Jordan sent the game into a super over.
Bairstow and Eoin Morgan combined to make 17 off Tim Southee’s over before Jordan limited the Kiwis to just eight.
England hero Jordan said: ‘A few of us have played T10 cricket so the mood was very calm the entire way through. I just tried to keep a clear mind.
‘I’d bowled a super over before against Pakistan so it was more or less going through processes and letting what will be will be.’
Captain Morgan added: ‘It’s absolutely remarkable. We didn’t expect to play much cricket today and it’s turned out to be an epic end to a series where there wasn’t much between the two sides.
‘To win it in such fashion with a young, inexperienced side in the long term will pay huge dividends for us.’
New Zealand skipper Southee, meanwhile, said: ‘The shorter the game, the harder the side can go.
‘It would have been nice to have one more run there somewhere but it wasn’t to be.
‘It’s been a good series throughout – it has ebbed and flowed. It will be good to get the whites back on.’
England opener Bairstow was responsible for a dozen of the 29 sixes that were hit on a remarkable afternoon in Auckland.
And the 30-year-old, who who been recalled to England’s Test squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand, admits the thrilling finale bodes well for the upcoming red-ball matches.
‘It was manic. The way they came out and put on that total was very, very impressive,’ he said. ‘It was a pretty imposing total but we thought we had a chance.
‘We don’t want to keep making a habit of super overs. It just shows how close the sides are. It sets up a fantastic Test series.’