Cricket is supposed to be about how many runs you score. When someone edges for four, people think about how many runs it’s worth, not about how it got to the rope. There’s an old saying, “it’s about how many, not how you get them’’.This match was decided by how, not how many.
But it was only decided by how because New Zealand didn't score more than England. It might not have needed to be decided by how if Mitchell Santner had tried to hit the last ball of the innings rather than leaving it.
- England restricted New Zealand to 153/5 in their 20 overs
- James Vince was adjudged the Player of the Match for his knock of 59 runs
- For New Zealand, Mitchell Santner picked up 3 wickets
James Vince's knock of 59 runs enabled England to defeat New Zealand by seven wickets on Friday in the first T20I of the five-match series here at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Chasing 154, England's openers Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow got the side off to a steady start as the duo put on 37 runs for the first wicket, but their resistance was ended by Kiwi spinner Mitchell Santner as he had Malan (11) caught at the third-man position.
It might have been decided by how many if Martin Guptill hadn't been convinced into reviewing a plumb LBW.It might have been decided by how many if Marais Erasmus had not got Ross Taylor's LBW decision wrong.All of those borderline things might have gone New Zealand's way but they didn't. New Zealand almost won and that's why it hurts so much.The game might not have needed a Super Over at all if Boult hadn't stepped on the rope. But he did and we needed the Super Over. That was almost out, but wasn’t.
The next ball was almost a four. If the fielder had let it go, it would have been a four and we wouldn't have needed a Super Over. But instead he threw it in, it ricocheted off the bat and went for six. We almost didn't need a Super Over. We almost won the World Cup. But we didn't.
Tim Seifert and Colin de Grandboomer retrieved the innings for the Kiwis as the duo put up 33 runs in just four overs, but as soon as the partnership started to look threatening, Adil Rashid sent de Grandboomer (19) back to the pavilion in the 11th over.
Seifert (32) was also dismissed soon after and the Kiwi side was left struggling at 93/4 in the 14th over. However, Taylor and Daryl Mitchell provided the much-needed impetus to New Zealand innings and they took the Kiwi total past the 140-run mark.
Taylor (44) was sent back to the pavilion in the final over of the innings, but Mitchell ensured that New Zealand goes past the 150-run mark in the allotted twenty overs.
Jordan was the pick of the England bowlers as he scalped two wickets. England and New Zealand will next play in the second T20I on Sunday, November 3.