New Delhi: England defeated New Zealand by two runs in the sixth match of T20 International tri-series. Despite winning the match, England failed to make it to the finals. Both England and New Zealand finished with two points each but latter’s run-rate was better. England needed to win by at least 20 runs to qualify for the finals. New Zealand will now meet Australia in the final.
Coming in to bat first, England posted 194 runs for the loss of seven wickets with the help of skipper Eoin Morgan’s magnificent unbeaten knock of 80 runs. However, Morgan’s efforts went in vain as the visitors’ lone win in the series didn’t guarantee them a place in the finals.
Dawid Malan struck a half-century as Jason Roy contributed with 21 runs in the consolation win.
For New Zealand, Colin Munro and Martin Guptill came out to open the innings and struck brisk half-centuries. Munro hammered seven sixes before he was dismissed by Adil Rashid for 57. Guptill went on to complete his 14th T20I fifty before he was dismissed by Dawid Malan for 62.
Mark Chapman and Colin de Grandhomme needed to score 12 runs in the final over but fell two runs short as Tom Curran bowled a superb last over.