England’s T20 series victory against the Black Caps has secured the five-match series victory for the young England side. The Black Caps had made their intentions clear that they would not be willing to get bogged down by the English pace attack. England captain, Charlotte Edwards, however, was confident that her side would be able to post a decent total against the Black Caps. The Black Caps though were determined to back their spinner, Megan Schutt, who was also confident of her ability to take her side past 100 in the shortest format. The Black Caps’ batting order had come under the microscope after their dismal showing in the ODI series. The captain, Suzie Bates, was all praise for her leading spinner, Rene Farrell,
The last time England played New Zealand in a T20 match they lost, but this time they shouldn’t be written off ahead of the series which starts on Thursday. England may have been hammered by New Zealand in the ODIs, but the T20s gave England a chance to redeem themselves. In the final, England batted first and took the total to a reasonable total of 144, before setting about to bowl out New Zealand. Unfortunately, it was New Zealand who struck first, scoring the winning runs with two balls to spare.
|Taunton’s Cooper Associates County Ground hosts the third Twenty20 international.|
|Devine (33 balls) and Bates (34 balls) help New Zealand to 144-4 in 20 overs (30)|
|Knight 42, Wyatt 35; Kasperek 3-25; England 145-6 (19.5 overs)|
|England triumphed by four wickets and secured a 2-1 series victory.|
England won the last women’s Twenty20 international at Taunton by four wickets with one ball to spare, completing a 2-1 series victory.
In her 200th England appearance, skipper Heather Knight top-scored with 42 points while chasing a goal of 145.
England still needed seven runs from the last over when she fell with seven balls remaining to set up a close finish.
Sophia Dunkley, on the other hand, kept her cool to smash the final ball for four runs, winning the game and finishing 22 not out.
Suzie Bates (34) and Sophie Devine (35) had earlier helped the visitors reach a 144-4 total from their 20 overs.
New Zealand’s trip continues with five one-day internationals, the first of which will be played in Bristol next week on Thursday, September 16.
The middle order of New Zealand leaves an impression.
The White Ferns’ dependence on their top three has been much discussed; the firepower and experience of Bates, Devine, and Amy Satterthwaite is a formidable combination for any opponent to overcome.
After winning the toss, England was well on top and sought to slam on the brakes, but when both openers fell and Satterthwaite only scored 13, England were solidly on top and looked to slam on the brakes.
Katey Martin (13) and Brooke Halliday (25), on the other hand, had different ideas: they only batted together for 14 balls but added 36 runs.
England, on the other hand, were fearsome in the middle overs. The return of Knight as captain and Katherine Brunt as the attack’s leader seemed to provide some relief to the other bowlers.
With the field stretched, the dot balls rising, and the three crucial wickets taken, they skillfully applied the pressure.
However, the game was turned around in the 19th over, bowled by Sophie Ecclestone, which went for 16, and England’s last four overs cost them 50 runs; they were lucky it didn’t cost them the game.
Dunkley’s breakout summer is still going strong.
When England fell to 42-3 in their pursuit, Leigh Kasperek removed Nat Sciver and Danni Wyatt with successive deliveries, there would have been some anxiety in the England dressing room.
The game was constantly changing, with New Zealand’s bowlers putting pressure on England and taking wickets at crucial moments.
But Knight, who was awarded player of the match, provided a soothing influence with the bat, stepping in after the team had lost another vital wicket in Amy Jones (32).
Knight, on the other hand, might be accused of getting in and out at a critical juncture. With the less experienced Dunkley and Maia Bouchier, who was playing just her second international match, at the crease, England required eight from seven balls when she left.
Dunkley, on the other hand, demonstrated why she is precisely what England needs in their middle order: a cool head who can score fast and end a game.
When Knight was hit by a pitch and Bouchier was hit by a pitch in the last over, she showed no indications of being under pressure. Instead, she smashed the fifth ball for four runs and cruised to a four-wicket victory to cap off an incredible summer.
“Sophia Dunkley has amazed me again – the summer she’s had has been amazing,” England all-rounder Georgia Elwiss remarked on Test Match Special.
“The future of English cricket seems to be extremely bright; it is in very capable hands, and competition for spots is fiercer than it has ever been.”