England took a one-match lead in their four-game T20I series against New Zealand with a comfortable seven-wicket win. Dawid Malan and Harry Brook made their mark without much difficulty, laying the groundwork for England’s victory. Their partnership of 54 runs helped England successfully chase down the target of 140 runs.
The Kiwi batsmen faced a tough challenge in the first innings against England’s bowling lineup, which featured both young and experienced bowlers. This match marked England’s first T20I appearance since their tour of Bangladesh in March.
Despite injuries to debutants Josh Tongue and John Turner, England was still able to assemble a bowling lineup that forced the Blackcaps to work hard for every run. In their pursuit of the 140-run target, England encountered a few stumbling blocks, losing Jonny Bairstow and Will Jacks within the first seven overs. However, Harry Brook and Dawid Malan then took over, steering England towards victory in the 13th over of the second innings.
Earlier in the innings, Fin Allen got off to a fairly a decent start. However, his attempt to take on pacer Mark Wood ended in disappointment as he failed to connect with the ball and was dismissed. Apart from Glenn Philips’ score of 41, the rest of the visitors’ batting lineup struggled to make an impact.
New Zealand’s innings was particularly slow during the middle overs, largely due to Adil Rashid’s legbreaks. Ish Sodhi’s contribution of 16 runs, including a boundary and a six, played a crucial role in helping the Blackcaps reach a total of 139.
Next, England will face New Zealand at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground on Friday.