New Zealand v England 2nd T20 Tips, Predictions and Preview - England bid for 2-0 lead

James Vince (PA Images)

A new-look seam attack and a returning batsman helped England overpower a rusty New Zealand by seven wickets in the first T20I and the series moves to Wellington for the second match on Sunday.

New Zealand


The Kiwis started the series with question marks over their opening pair. Little that Martin Guptill or Colin Munro did in the first match diffuse those concerns. Had it not been for the experienced Ross Taylor (44 off 35 balls) and Daryll Mitchell (30* off 17), New Zealand would have folded out for less.

Even with the ball, the Kiwis need to be clinical from the start. Only Mitchell Santner (3 for 23) enjoyed success, as the bowlers struggled to pick wickets or control the scoring rate. The hosts looked rusty, but need to get into their groove at the earliest to give any fight to the talented visitors.

England


The match was won with the ball, as Curran brothers – Tom and Sam – conceded just seven from the first three overs. The skillful bowling of Chris Jordan (2 for 28) added to England’s charge. With most of their debutants slotting well, the visitors looked seamless with their display.

Although it is the bowlers who did the initial damage, Vince with his attractive stroke play (59 off 38) managed to lead the show. Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan played around him with attractive 30s, as England strolled in the chase. They never looked in trouble and that is as much a testimony to their strength as much to New Zealand’s poor execution.

Match Up


New Zealand lost the first match with the bat, having scored at least 20 runs below par. The struggling opening pair remains a concern, although the presence of Ross Taylor in the middle-order is a comfort. Bowlers are yet to hit their stride, but this is a unit that has proven itself in the format. England on the other hand, looked completely in control of their game and are unlikely to make any changes. Batting looks settled, while the bowlers looked perfect for the format.

History & Statistics


  • New Zealand have lost nine of their last 14 T20Is.
  • New Zealand have won seven of their ten T20Is at this venue, including the last five.
  • Eight of New Zealand’s last 11 home T20Is were won by the team batting first.
  • Seven of the last ten T20I H2Hs were won by the team batting first.
  • England have won their last six T20Is away from home - their best such run since winning six in a row in 2010.
  • England have won nine of their last 11 T20Is.

Key Players


Tim Southee has 11 wickets at this venue in just five matches. More than his bowling, Southee’s captaincy will be under question as the Kiwis plot a comeback.

James Vince must be eyeing the T20 World Cup spot after a great start to this series. The stylish middle-order batsman looks easy on the eye once he settles down at the crease.

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