Dawid Malan blasts unbeaten century to lift England

Tanya Simon
November 9, 2019

Malan struck nine fours and six sixes during his unbeaten knock. With Eoin Morgan also recording a career-best T20I score - he made 91 from 41 balls - England added 182 in 74 balls for the third wicket.

The 182-run partnership between Malan and Morgan was also England's highest in T20s.

The series' final match is at Auckland on Sunday. And when he launched Trent Boult out of the ground in the 18 over, the man who swapped Middlesex for Yorkshire during the week became only the second England batsman after Alex Hales in 2014 to go past three-figures in the format. The 32-year-old smashed 9 fours and 6 sixes during the course of his innings.

He reached his half century from 31 balls, just ahead of Morgan who posted his 11th T20 50 from only 21 deliveries. Miller had scored the hundred in just 35 balls against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom in 2017 while Rohit had reached the three-figure mark in the same number of deliveries against Sri Lanka in Indore in the same year.

His 103 included six sixes and nine fours while Morgan cracked seven sixes and seven fours.

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Denly is set to miss the first red-ball warm-up game which starts on Tuesday in Whangarei but is hopeful of being fit to play in the second three-day tour game that begins next Friday.

But that changed dramatically as Morgan and Malan took charge and blasted 20 off Santner's next over.

Morgan was twice caught off full tosses - once, on 51 off Santner and once, on 59, off Tickner - that were subsequently adjudged to have been over waist height.

England's Dawid Malan lifts his bat as he walks from the field at the end of England's innings during the Twenty20 cricket match between New Zealand and England at McLean Park in Napier on November 8, 2019.

Still, having lose the previous two games, this was a much-improved performance from England with the final margin of victory the fourth biggest, in terms of runs, they have recorded in this format of the game. When Matt Parkinson, hit for six the previous delivery, held his nerve and lured Colin de Grandhomme into another drive towards the longest boundary, New Zealand's chances subsided sharply.

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