Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - New Zealand v England 5th T20I
The 5th and the last match of the five-match T20I series on the England tour of New Zealand will be played at the Eden Park in Auckland.
England had to win the 4th T20I in Napier to keep themselves alive in the series and they did that in some style, plundering the New Zealand bowlers for 241 runs. The square boundaries at the McLean Park were short and this is what England batsmen relished.
After a decent start, Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan came together for the third wicket and looked to make full use of the good wicket and the short boundaries. It was Morgan who launched first and Malan duly followed.
While Morgan departed for a 41-ball 91, Malan notched up an unbeaten century at a strike rate of over 200. The New Zealand bowling card looks terrible with economy rates reading 12.50 and 16.33. Not a pretty sight for the Black Caps. Amid all this, Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner held their own with an economy of under 9.
New Zealand tried through Martin Guptill and Colin Munro but once the wickets started falling, the innings did not go anywhere and the Kiwis fell short by 76 runs. Young leggie Matthew Parkinson impressed with a four-wicket haul but leaked runs as well.
The series-decider would be played on Sunday in Auckland and as Tim Southee said in jest, let's hope there is no boundary count there. Rain is set to play a part in Auckland as well.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
New Zealand- Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Blair Tickner
England- Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Patrick Brown, Matthew Parkinson
Who will win the toss? - England
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand), Dawid Malan (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mitchell Santner (New Zealand), Chris Jordan (England)
Most Sixes – Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Eoin Morgan (England)
Player of the Match – Colin de Grandhomme
Team Scores Batting first – New Zealand 175+, England 185+
Match Handicap England
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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