England win, New Zealand qualify for final in a thriller

Just before couple of days ago, New Zealand and Australia were engaged in a thriller where outrageous Australia chased down a mammoth 244 runs at the Eden Park. In the very next match, the battle got more interesting and this time it was between the hosts New Zealand and England.

After England posted a huge score of 194 runs, in order to qualify for the final New Zealand needed only 175 runs and they did it quite comfortably in the end but when it looked like they will win the game too, England turned things around and courtesy of Tom Curran and Chris Jordan’s amazing death bowling England secured a thrilling win by 2 runs in the end.

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl first. Though the openers failed to blast, David Malan (53) kept his amazing form going and skipper Eoin Morgan led from the front with his unbeaten 80 runs off just 46 balls and that cruised England to a huge total of 194 runs.

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But that still wasn’t too enough for England to qualify for the final as New Zealand needed only 175 runs in order to qualify. The Kiwi openers had a different start with both the openers having different approach. When Martin Guptill was playing steadily, Collin Munro was hitting the English bowlers all over the park and he smashed 7 huge sixes before departing for 57 runs.

New Zealand successfully scored 175 runs to make sure they qualify for the final but wickets started to tumble in the last three overs when they were targeting the victory. Curran needed 12 runs to defend in the last over and he did it with his amazing death bowling which guided England to a 2-run win.

The hosts New Zealand will play against the unbeaten Australia on 21st February at the Eden Park.

Brief score:

ENG 194/7 (20 ov) | Morgan 80* (46), Malan 53 (36) | Boult 3/50
NZ 192/4 (20 ov) | Guptill 62 (47), Munro 57 (21) | Curran 1/32

Watch Colin Munro’s innings here-

Result: England won by 2 runs

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