New Zealand v England 3rd T20 Tips, Predictions and Preview - England openers to win the battle

Martin Guptill of New Zealand (PA Images)

After a stuttering start and a loss in the first T20I, New Zealand returned the favour to England in the second T20I to level the series which now moves to the scenic Saxton Oval in Nelson for the third T20I on Tuesday.
 

New Zealand


The Kiwis enjoyed some good fortune with England dropping a number of regulation catches. That meant New Zealand were able to build on the twin forties by Martin Guptill (41 off 28 balls) and James Neesham (42 off 22). Four bowlers took at least two wickets, led by man-of-the-match Mitchell Santner (4-0-25-3).

The hosts have played and won the only T20I played at this venue against West Indies in 2017. However, New Zealand will be aware that their performances haven’t been up to scratch and it was only England’s poor execution that propelled them to a win.



England


For the second time in the series, Chris Jordan excelled for England – 36 off 19 and 3 for 23. Sam Curran once again proved excellent with the ball, picking up two wickets. However, fielding lapses dented their hopes of taking a series lead.

James Vince dropped a couple of regulation catches and a tough one. Dawid Malan also dropped an easy catch, while wicket ‘keeper Sam Billings added to the fielding profligacy. Regardless of the result, England know that they have been the better side with the bat and ball.

Match Up


It was a poor show in the field from England, with a number of dropped catches in the second T20I. New Zealand rode on that and the cameos across their batting line-up to ensure it carried into winning momentum. Neither side was able to show that killer edge so far, although England appear to be slightly ahead in terms of T20 skills. A tight encounter should be on the cards once again, and with the array of hitters on cue for the two sides, there could be sixes galore.

History & Statistics


  • New Zealand have lost nine of their last 15 T20Is.
  • New Zealand have won the only T20I played at this venue.
  • Nine of New Zealand’s last 12 home T20Is were won by the team batting first.
  • Eight of the last 11 T20I H2Hs were won by the team batting first.
  • England have won six of their last seven T20Is away from home.
  • England have won nine of their last 12 T20Is.

Key Players


The problem with Martin Guptill has been his consistency, or the lack of it. The opener scored a characteristically quickfire 41 off just 28 balls at the top in the second match. The last time he scored back-to-back 40+ scores in a bilateral series was in 2016.

Even in the clamour for new-era T20 specialists, England can’t thank Chris Jordan for the experience and experience he brings to the side. He is in the middle of an excellent run of games, picking up 14 wickets in his last seven matches.

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New Zealand v England 3rd T20 Tips, Predictions and Preview - England openers to win the battle

After a stuttering start and a loss in the first T20I, New Zealand returned the favour to England in the second T20I to level the series which now moves to the scenic Saxton Oval in Nelson for the third T20I on Tuesday.

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