Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Fifth T20I: New Zealand vs England Preview

Fifth T20I: New Zealand vs England Preview

New Zealand vs England Preview

The T20I series between New Zealand and England will have a decider after the tourists spectacularly found their form in match four.

England's batting finally clicked in a big way which could prove ominous for the Black Caps with the decider to be played at Eden Park.

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Fifth T20I | Sunday 11 November 2019 | Eden Park, Auckland | 03:00

To Win
New Zealand

New Zealand
The Black Caps had looked well placed to claim the series after two wins on the bounce, but England were able to line up their bowlers and put the game beyond the hosts.

The Black Caps had their bowlers picked out by England with Ish Sodhi coming in for a lot of punishment, however, a lack of another spinning option means that he and Mitchell Santner will bear the slow-bowling workload in Auckland. Santner has been on top form throughout the series and was again among the wickets in Napier.

New Zealand still hasn't seen the best of Colin Munro in this series and could be losing patience with the aggressive opener. The Black Caps have few options to replace him, though Tim Seifert could be promoted.

The Black Caps will need to find ways to put the England batting under pressure again, something they did well in their victories.

The short straight boundaries at Eden Park will pose a challenge to both side's bowling attacks and skippers, but the Black Caps might have more reason to be concerned.

Skipper Eoin Morgan finally delivered what he has been threatening throughout the series when he teamed up with Dawid Malan in Napier.

Malan threw a spanner in the works a little with his century at McLean Park. Malan is among several candidates to open the batting in the format.

Matt Parkinson has been touted as a long-term replacement for Adil Rashid, particularly in the short format, and his ability to pick up wickets has already shown itself.

A series victory for an experimental England team would be a big boost for the team as well as the surprise star performers.

Verdict: England
England's potent batting could prove too much for New Zealand.

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