Result
6th Match (N), Hamilton, Feb 18 2018, Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Tri-Series
194/7
(20 ov, target 195)
192/4
England won by 2 runs
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Report by Andrew McGlashan

England nick win but Munro's charge takes New Zealand into final

There will be a Trans-Tasman rematch in the tri-series final at Eden Park after the home side did enough to stay ahead of England on net run rate

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
England194/7(20 overs)
Eoin Morgan*80 (46)
Dawid Malan53 (36)
New Zealand192/4(20 overs)
end of over 209 runs
NZ: 192/4CRR: 9.6 
Colin de Grandhomme8 (5)
Mark Chapman37 (30)
Tom Curran3-0-32-1
Chris Jordan4-0-42-0

10.30pm: That's that for tonight. Stick around, though, and we'll likely have further reaction on the site... Gnasher's match report should be up shortly and he'll be heading to NZ next, so look out for him if you're in Hamilton. From us, for now, it's cheerio until Wednesday's final. Bye!

10.25pm: England's captain Eoin Morgan is named Man of the Match: [How's that feel?] "Not that good to be honest, we don't go through, 174 was what we were trying to defend. Given the start they got off to, with dew around and the ball skidding on, it was quite difficult. We needed to play our best game to get into the final and we haven't been there in this series, too slow to start. [Munro?] He's difficult to bowl to with dew around, they got on top of us. Groundman's done a fantastic job on the wicket for us to entertain the crowd. We know what it's like to play here but we need to up our skill level, which we did today but it wasn't enough."

New Zealand's Kane Williamson: "We wanted to win, England played very well but there's a good spirit in the camp and we're into the final. There were a few moments there, the way their left-handers played with the ball turning into the bat, we thought it would be a challenge, using the change of pace from the seamers. [Guptill?] Someone had to try and gets us close and Munners at the top of the order got us off to a brilliant start. Very mature knock, to get so close, one hit away. But credit to England for the way they played. [Final against Aus?] Small boundaries, good pitch, I'm sure there'll be plenty of runs."

10.20pm: What an odd finish... The crowd, obviously, wanted New Zealand to win and there was a groan when De Grandhomme found the fielder. But really, it was job done by the start of the 18th over, when they reached the mark needed to keep their net run rate above England's. Curran and Jordan (no-balls side) closed out pretty well for a victory that at least ends a run of four defeats in a row for England, but there's little consolation in their consolation win. For New Zealand, it's back to Eden Park for another sixy match-up against the Aussies.

19.6
1
Curran to de Grandhomme, 1 run
pitched up, De Grandhomme clears the front leg... but can only drive along the ground to long-off! England win by two runs but it is New Zealand that go through to the tri-series final

Boundary needed off the last! Unless he bowls a wide...

19.5
1b
Curran to Chapman, 1 bye
well bowled, full and wide and Chapman misses, they scamper through with Buttler unable to take it cleanly

Five off two now

19.4
4
Curran to Chapman, FOUR runs
full toss on the pads, Chapman scoots across... and heaves it way through backward square! Just what NZ needed, Curran chastises himself for giving up a boundary
19.3
1
Curran to de Grandhomme, 1 run
gets it up on the crease, wide of the stumps at 138kph, driven for one more to deep extra cover
19.2
1
Curran to Chapman, 1 run
full outside off, misses the yorker but Chapman can't get under it

"Why do we keep picking Jordan? He's just cannon fodder, especially in the powerplay." Did you see those yorkers, Jess? All 15 of them...

19.1
1
Curran to de Grandhomme, 1 run
wide full toss, possible a slower ball, mishit through cover

Curran will bowl the final over, needs to defend 12 for a consolation England win

end of over 199 runs
NZ: 183/4CRR: 9.63 • RRR: 12.00
Mark Chapman32 (27)
Colin de Grandhomme5 (2)
Chris Jordan4-0-42-0
Tom Curran2-0-24-1
18.6
Jordan to Chapman, no run
he finishes with another off-stump yorker that Chapman can only dig out - feels like he's bowled about a dozen of those this over
18.5
Jordan to Chapman, no run
fires another one through to the keeper, wide yorker, dot ball
18.5
1nb
Jordan to Chapman, 1 no ball
bowled 'em, full and straight! Chapman jumps across to scoop and misses... but hold on, Jordan has overstepped, this will be called a no-ball! Perfect ball to hit the base of off stump, but there was no boot behind the line, so Chapman is reprieved!
18.4
Jordan to Chapman, no run
another super yorker, 143kph and all he can do is block it back to the bowler
18.3
Jordan to Chapman, no run
spears in the yorker, good ball, Chapman digs it out

Still a free hit coming up, then

18.3
1w
Jordan to Chapman, 1 wide
full again, very wide... not quite a no-ball, but definitely wide, Buttler did well to grab it
18.3
2nb
Jordan to de Grandhomme, (no ball) 1 run
full toss, 144kph outside off, swing and a miss from De Grandhomme, Buttler can only parry it with his pads - that's a no-ball on height
18.2
4
Jordan to de Grandhomme, FOUR runs
full, up towards the blockhole... and De Grandhomme edges between his legs for four!

GDH: "On this pitch, pathetic batting performance from England. They should all be send home." Although they might still win the match...

18.1
1
Jordan to Chapman, 1 run
fired in full and Chapman drills the single that takes New Zealand into the tri-series final. Job done... although there's still a game to win

Jordan... Can he take six wickets in the over?

end of over 187 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 174/4CRR: 9.66 • RRR: 10.50
Mark Chapman31 (21)
Colin de Grandhomme0 (0)
Tom Curran2-0-24-1
Dawid Malan2-0-27-1

"I am not going hard on Kane, but I think he must give way for a youngster at T20 for now at least. Not coming off and slowing things down too often," writes Simon Doull Waqar Durrani

17.6
1
Curran to Chapman, 1 run
fullish on off, and Chapman steers towards point, they scamper through

Colin De Grandhomme strides out. Two runs needed (to reach the tri-series final)

17.5
w
Curran to Taylor, OUT
slower ball, scooped into the off side, taken safely just beyond the ring! Taylor swinging hard and done by the lack of pace, Morgan snaffles it - England still a chance?
LRPL Taylor c Morgan b Curran 7 (8m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 116.66
17.4
1
Curran to Chapman, 1 run
length in the channel, punched on the up through cover
Best performances - batsmen
EJG Morgan
80 runs (46)
4 fours
6 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
slog shot
20 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
8551248209
MJ Guptill
62 runs (47)
3 fours
4 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
off drive
19 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
6127118819
Best performances - bowlers
TA Boult
O
4
M
0
R
50
W
3
Eco
12.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
TG Southee
O
4
M
0
R
22
W
2
Eco
5.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Seddon Park, Hamilton
TossNew Zealand , elected to field first
SeriesTrans-Tasman Twenty20 Tri-Series 2018
Player Of The Match
Eoin Morgan
Match numberT20I no. 650
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.00
Match days18 February 2018 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Chris Brown
Paul Wilson
TV Umpire
Shaun Haig
Reserve Umpire
Wayne Knights
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath
PointsEngland 2, New Zealand 0