England played its first warm-up match against New Zealand today at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. It was a real thriller where New Zealand batted first after winning the toss and in the end it was England who successfully chased down a target of 170 runs in 19.2 overs.
Even though the start wasn’t so good for New Zealand as they lost Martin Guptill at just 19 runs but then Kane Williamson started to handle the proceedings and played a brilliant hand of 63 runs from just 39 balls. Other players played around him and nobody could really contribute with a big figure and Ross Taylor was the highest scorer after Williamson scoring just 19* runs from 20 balls.
England vs New Zealand Warm up match full scorecard
→ New Zealand 169/8 (20/20 ov) ←
→ England 170/4 (19.2/20 ov) ←
|Match Result: England won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)|
Even after scoring more than hundred runs in their first 10 overs, New Zealand were restricted to 169 for the loss of 8 wickets in their 20 overs.
Adil Rashid was the major contributor to putting a halt to New Zealand’s flow of runs as he picked up 3 wickets for just 15 runs in his 4 overs. Reece Topley picked up 2 wickets while Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes, and Moeen Ali picked up 1 wicket each.
England’s openers gave them a top start as they came in to chase down a 170 runs target. Jason Roy and Alex Hales provided them with a 77 runs opening stand before Roy got out after scoring 55 from just 36 balls. Hales continued to impress as he scored 44 from 36 balls and set it up nicely for the batsmen to come to take it further.
There were handy contributions from Morgan and Buttler towards the end of the innings scoring 20 and 24* respectively. In the end England managed to get over the line in 19.2 overs with 6 wickets in hand.
Santner and McCullum picked up 2 wickets each for New Zealand and rest of the crew went wicket-less. Munro conceded 16 from his only over while McClenaghan conceded 33 from his 3 overs with second highest economy for New Zealand today. Southee and Boult were also quite expensive.