Result
1st T20I, Christchurch, Nov 1 2019, England tour of New Zealand
153/5
(18.3/20 ov, target 154)
154/3
England won by 7 wickets
Player Of The Match
11m
• The Report by George Dobell

James Vince seals victory after England's young guns impress with the ball

New-look seam attack restrict New Zealand to sub-par 153 for 5 in series opener

Match centre 
Scorer: Ranjith P
Commentator: Matt Roller (@mroller98)
Scorecard summary
New Zealand153/5(20 overs)
Ross Taylor44 (35)
Tim Seifert32 (26)
England154/3(18.3 overs)

5.30pm That's all from us for today. George Dobell's report is ready and waiting for you to sink your teeth into here, and Miller and I will be back on Sunday when England are in Wellington to play in the very different surroundings of the Cake Tin. Until then, thanks for joining us!

Some post-match reaction from James Vince: "Nice from a personal point of view to make a contribution, but more important to get the tour off to a winning start. It was a decent wicket, maybe lacked a little bit of pace as the ball got older. Pleased with the start."

Tim Southee: "England played well on a wicket that didn't play as well as we thought. We didn't play well enough in all three areas. Morgan and Vince took the game away from us. We need to find a way to put pressure on the new batters coming out. We were a little bit off with the ball and in the field."

Eoin Morgan: "Very happy. The game was won and lost in the first innings. Standout performances from the debutants. Sam Curran and Pat Brown really did step up to the mark and perform on a two-paced wicket. Our batters had a reasonable day out, James Vince played outstanding well, but all credit to the bowlers today. There's a lot of work between now and the end of the series. [Depth] has been something that we've focused on for some time. We need opportunities to take advantage. All our planning is geared towards that [the World Cup]. We have a couple of places up for grabs in our 15-man squad, and opportunities in this series will allow them to put their hands up. That's the worst I've hit them, I felt absolutely terrible, so pleased to get the win."

Chris Jordan: "Very happy. The way the two Curran brothers set the tone up the top was exceptional. We communicated really well what was working on that pitch. We tried to keep it nice and straight, and to mix it up as much as possible. They were always going to come hard, especially after the start they got off to. We pride ourselves on being adaptable. I've worked on a few balls over a period of time, and whichever one I need to use from the arsenal on the days, that's what I'll go for. There's a lot of cricket to play before [the T20 World Cup]."

5.15pm A quick mention for Lewis Gregory, who was first named in an international squad way back in 2015, had to wait more than four years for his debut, and when it eventually came neither batted nor bowled. TFC, Lewis!

A high-five and a hug between Morgan and Billings, and that'll be 1-0 to England. A surprisingly low-intensity affair, all things considered: New Zealand always looked like they were playing catch-up after a slow start, and in the end they were around 10-15 runs short of par. England weren't completely clinical with the bat, but Jonny Bairstow got them off to a good start before James Vince controlled things in the middle and Captain Morgan saw his side home.

18.3
6
Southee to Morgan, SIX runs
shortish outside off, gives himself room and swings it high and mighty over midwicket for six, and that's the game!
18.2
4
Southee to Morgan, FOUR runs
attempted yorker, low full toss on fourth stump and Morgan just pushes it past the despairing dive of Santner at mid-off who can only parry it away for four
18.1
Southee to Morgan, no run
beaten! Slower ball outside the off stump, looks to cut it away but is cramped for room and can't connect

This has turned into something of an anti-climax, as England waltz towards a comfortable victory. Vince set things up with an excellent innings, and New Zealand's supporting cast haven't really turned up.

end of over 1811 runs
ENG: 144/3CRR: 8 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 10 from 12b
Eoin Morgan24 (18)
Sam Billings14 (11)
Lockie Ferguson4-0-28-0
Ish Sodhi4-0-38-0
17.6
1
Ferguson to Morgan, 1 run
straight, length ball, Morgan gives himself room and hits the cover sweeper
17.5
1
Ferguson to Billings, 1 run
attempted yorker turns into a low full toss, bunted to mid-on off the toe
17.4
4
Ferguson to Billings, FOUR runs
length ball outside off, looks to hack it through midwicket but can only inside edge it, and it squeezes away just past leg stump for four!
17.3
Ferguson to Billings, no run
just full of a length, angling in towards off stump, Ferguson fields off his own bowling as Billings looks to drive through mid-off
17.2
1
Ferguson to Morgan, 1 run
slower ball outside leg stump, Morgan doesn't pick it up but it drops at his feet off the body and they scramble through for a single
17.1
4
Ferguson to Morgan, FOUR runs
half-volley on leg stump, Morgan doesn't get all of it by any means but chips it over mid-off in the circle and it races away to the fence! Great batting, manipulating the field intelligently

Expensive spell from Sodhi, who is destructive at his best but didn't come close to that today. Here's Ferguson - the last throw of the dice from Southee?

end of over 1710 runs
ENG: 133/3CRR: 7.82 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 21 from 18b
Eoin Morgan18 (15)
Sam Billings9 (8)
Ish Sodhi4-0-38-0
Mitchell Santner4-0-23-3
16.6
1
Sodhi to Morgan, 1 run
gets deep in the crease and drives crisply out to cover
16.5
1
Sodhi to Billings, 1 run
legbreak on off stump, a fraction short and they steal one
16.4
2
Sodhi to Billings, 2 runs
picks up the length very early, and pulls hard through midwicket for a couple. Well cut off by Santner at cow
16.3
4
Sodhi to Billings, FOUR runs
sublime shot from Billings, a touch straight but he gets down so early and reverses this through point for four
16.2
1
Sodhi to Morgan, 1 run
legbreak on leg stump, whipped out to deep square for a single
16.1
1
Sodhi to Billings, 1 run
legbreak on middle, rocks back and slams it out to the sweeper at cover

Sodhi returns, needing a wicket or two to give New Zealand a chance

end of over 162 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 123/3CRR: 7.68 • RRR: 7.75 • Need 31 from 24b
Sam Billings1 (4)
Eoin Morgan16 (13)
Mitchell Santner4-0-23-3
Tim Southee3-0-20-0

A very useful spell from Santner, but he's not really been backed up by the rest of the attack

15.6
1
Santner to Billings, 1 run
half-volley, driven out to the sweeper at cover on the half-volley
15.5
Santner to Billings, no run
length ball on leg stump, patted back to Santner
15.4
Santner to Billings, no run
ooft, Billings look to work this to leg with a little shimmy down the wicket, gets a leading edge on it but it falls safely in the covers
Best performances - batsmen
JM Vince
59 runs (38)
7 fours
2 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
cut shot
18 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
04313166143
LRPL Taylor
44 runs (35)
3 fours
1 sixes
Control74%
Productive shot
flick
10 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
0410356214
Best performances - bowlers
MJ Santner
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
3
Eco
5.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
CJ Jordan
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
2
Eco
7.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of New Zealand
Player Of The Match
James Vince
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 992
Season2019/20
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-15.30, Interval 15.30-15.50, Second Session 15.50-17.20
Match days1 November 2019 (20-over match)
T20I debut
Sam Curran
Lewis Gregory
Pat Brown
Umpires
Shaun Haig
Wayne Knights
TV Umpire
Ashley Mehrotra
Reserve Umpire
Kim Cotton
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft