New Zealand v England T20Is - Men's
It happened again! England beat Kiwis in a Super Over
The fifth and final T20 match proved a thriller with England claiming the match – and series – in a Super Over, with no boundary countback needed
10 November 2019, 05:42 PM AEST
England snatched their 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.
A Chris Jordan boundary on the last ball of the England innings brought the tourists level with New Zealand's 146, pushing the rain-shortened match into a tiebreaking Super Over.
Jonny Bairstow, whose thumping player-of-the-match 47 enabled England to catch New Zealand after they lost three early wickets, partnered Eoin Morgan in a 17-run stand in the tiebreaker.
6, 6, 6, 6.... 6! Sophie Devine started the last over on 55 from 51... she ended it on 85 from 56! Outrageous: https://t.co/VDjpM93J1R pic.twitter.com/cnMsiLPHwo— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 10, 2019
But unlike the World Cup final, when even the Super Over was tied, this time New Zealand finished nine runs short to give England the win and take the series 3-2.
Somewhat surprisingly, Tim Seifert opened their Super Over and was out for six after four balls while the hard-hitting Martin Guptill stood unemployed at the non-striker's end.
In a match reduced to 11 overs per side because of rain, Guptill and Colin Munro gave New Zealand a flying start after they lost the toss and were sent into bat.
Guptill peppered the short Eden Park boundaries with five sixes and three fours and needed only 19 deliveries to reach his 50 before being removed by Adil Rashid one ball later.
Munro had four sixes and two fours in his 46 off 21 balls.
England were rocked early in reply with Trent Boult removing Tom Banton (seven) and Eoin Morgan (17), while Tim Southee accounted for James Vince (1) to have the tourists at 39 for three after three overs.
Sam Curran pulled England back into the game with 20 runs off Scott Kuggeleijn's sole over and Bairstow belted three sixes off Ish Sodhi in the next over.
The pair put on 61 in 24 balls before they fell on consecutive deliveries with Bairstow caught behind on the last ball of a Jimmy Neesham over and Curran (24) stumped on the first ball of Mitchell Santner's next over.
😂 my nephew being forced to pose in free tie being given out at Eden Park. pic.twitter.com/HHi2SuB7AV— tanya aldred (@tjaldred) November 10, 2019
In the final over of regular play, England needed 13 from the last three balls by Neesham when Jordan went to the middle and belted six, two, and four to set up the tiebreaker.
The first of two Tests between New Zealand and England starts in Tauranga on November 21.