Result
4th T20I (N), Napier, Nov 8 2019, England tour of New Zealand
241/3
(16.5/20 ov, target 242)
165
England won by 76 runs
Player Of The Match
11m
• The Report by George Dobell

Dawid Malan's unbeaten 103 leads England to crushing, series-levelling win

Eoin Morgan slams 91 off 41 before Matt Parkinson takes 4-47 as New Zealand are thrashed

Match centre 
Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
England241/3(20 overs)
New Zealand165(16.5 overs)
Tim Southee39 (15)
Colin Munro30 (21)

9.35pm: It was all about the Malan and Morgan show for England tonight - and who doesn't like a crunchy M&M? Hawke's Bay was the setting for some magnificent pongo, which has keep the fires of this five-match series burning. George's report is in the slot to be dispatched over deep midwicket, and we'll be back for more on Sunday. Thanks for your comments, from Valkerie and myself, it's cheerio for now. Bye!

9.25pm: A word from Man of the Match Dawid Malan: [Fun?] "Yeah, it was actually. Not every often you have days like that when every time you have a hack at one it lands safe or goes for six. It's as good as it gets. First game I felt rusty, didn't feel I had rhythm, every time I've hit balls I felt smoother and smoother. Felt like I had rhythm today, glad I clicked especially with these short boundaries. Helps batting with Morgs as well, he changed the momentum of the game and I piggybacked him a bit. To do it on the biggest stage is a fantastic experience. The message is always the same, the play aggressively and back yourself."

New Zealand captain Tim Southee: "That can happen in T20, the guys will learn from it and move on. Good thing is we go again in two days. More about guys learning from the experience of being put under pressure by Morgs and Malan, the only way is to take wickets. Got to go out and believe you can chase a score down, but when you start to lose wickets it stems the run flow as well. [Chance of a tie in Auckland?] We've been there, hopefully it doesn't come down to that."

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Over the moon, thought it was a clinical performance and given we had to win tonight and level the series, seeing young guys come through with the ball was impressive. Dawid Malan has been around the group a while, grabbing an opportunity and making the most of it, that's adding to our depth and what we want out of this tour. Myself and Dawid have played together a lot for Middlesex, so it was calm out there, lots of laughs and a beautiful wicket. [Decider?] We've got better, so have they, Sunday lines up to be an epic game."

9.15pm: Under that kind of scoreboard pressure, New Zealand always looked likely to crack. Dawid Malan's 48-ball hundred and an Eoin Morgan special turbo-charged the England innings, before the bowlers chipped away, with Matt Parkinson claiming a (slightly expensive) four-for in his second T20I. An impressive response from England, having lost the last two, and that leaves the series poised at 2-2 ahead of the final match, in Auckland on Sunday. There may have been some questions over Malan's place, but you would imagine he has just taken a giant leap up the pecking order. For New Zealand, it was a case of being caught napping in Napier, with only the openers and Tim Southee (briefly) threatening an upset.

16.5
w
Jordan to Boult, OUT
full and straight, 140kph/87mph - bowled 'im! Jordan finishes it in clinical style as England secure a crushing 76-run win to level the series
TA Boult b Jordan 8 (15m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
16.4
4
Jordan to Boult, FOUR runs
cutter from Jordan, hacked across the line, and a top-edge off the toe of the bat clears Sam Billings! You can tell what Jordan thought of that
16.3
1
Jordan to Tickner, 1 run
full length, driven to extra cover and Morgan throws to the bowler... Jordan breaks the bails but Tickner was home
16.2
Jordan to Tickner, no run
fired in full and again is slips through to the keeper
16.1
Jordan to Tickner, no run
Jordan hits a length outside off, swing and a miss

Still four overs to go (theoretically). England will want to finish things asap

end of over 166 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 160/9CRR: 10 • RRR: 20.50 • Need 82 from 24b
Blair Tickner4 (3)
Trent Boult4 (6)
Sam Curran4-0-36-1
Tom Curran3-0-26-1
15.6
1
SM Curran to Tickner, 1 run
pitched up and worked off the pads for one more

"LOL - surely even 3% is being VERY optimistic!" Never rule out the statistically improbable, Chris

15.5
2
SM Curran to Tickner, 2 runs
worked into the leg side, they chance a second as the throw goes to the non-striker's end
15.4
1
SM Curran to Boult, 1 run
full outside off, Boult hacks it high into the air... but it lands between two men! Gregory and Malan were circling but neither got close
15.3
1
SM Curran to Tickner, 1 run
Tickner gets his first T20I run with a prod back down the ground
15.2
1
SM Curran to Boult, 1 run
full and chopped back towards long-on

Blair Tickner is last man in

15.1
w
SM Curran to Boult, OUT
slugged to mid-off, Boult sends his partner back... but he's beaten by a direct hit from Jordan! He had gone too far down, a lumbering turn and stretch for the line not enough to save him. Checked with the third umpire but out by a few inches
IS Sodhi run out (Jordan) 9 (13m 7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 128.57
end of over 1510 runs
NZ: 154/8CRR: 10.26 • RRR: 17.60 • Need 88 from 30b
Trent Boult2 (3)
Ish Sodhi9 (7)
Tom Curran3-0-26-1
Sam Curran3-0-30-1
14.6
1
TK Curran to Boult, 1 run
fired in, Boult thick-edges a single to short fine leg

"It's really baffling why Gregory isn't bowling even now." He's not really in the side for his bowling, Siddesh - he's really only in because Joe Denly got injured - and England are well on track

14.5
1
TK Curran to Sodhi, 1 run
low full toss, 132kph on off stump and Sodhi bashes it through the covers
14.4
1
TK Curran to Boult, 1 run
back of a length, swiped down the ground for a single
14.3
TK Curran to Boult, no run
pitched up in the blockhole, Boult pokes at it

Forecaster is at 3% for NZ, by the way

14.2
1
TK Curran to Sodhi, 1 run
full on the stumps, dug out towards long-on
14.1
6
TK Curran to Sodhi, SIX runs
length ball, mullered on to the roof at deep square leg! Picked the cutter from Curran and sent a bludgeoning blow up into the night sky. Bigger than Guptill's flat hit from the other end earlier?

Tom Curran from the other end, Trent Boult the new man

end of over 145 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 144/8CRR: 10.28 • RRR: 16.33 • Need 98 from 36b
Ish Sodhi1 (4)
Sam Curran3-0-30-1
Matt Parkinson4-0-47-4
13.6
w
SM Curran to Santner, OUT
digs in the bumper, Santner swats at it... gloved to the keeper! Simple catch for Billings and England have their eighth wicket, closing in on a big win
MJ Santner c †Billings b SM Curran 10 (29m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00
Best performances - batsmen
DJ Malan
103 runs (51)
9 fours
6 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
cover drive
33 runs
5 fours
1 sixes
46983361324
EJG Morgan
91 runs (41)
7 fours
7 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
flick
18 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
4811210232112
Best performances - bowlers
MW Parkinson
O
4
M
0
R
47
W
4
Eco
11.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
CJ Jordan
O
2.5
M
0
R
24
W
2
Eco
8.47
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
McLean Park, Napier
TossNew Zealand , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Dawid Malan
Series result5-match series level 2-2
Match numberT20I no. 1008
Season2019/20
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.50, Second Session 19.50-21.20
Match days8 November 2019 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Shaun Haig
Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
Wayne Knights
Reserve Umpire
Chris Brown
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft