James Vince helped England to grab the first win against New Zealand in a five-match T20I series with his maiden T20 International fifty. Eoin Morgan, after winning the toss, decided to field first and they add three debutants in their XI in Christchurch.
Sam Curran along with Pat Brown and Lewis Gregory made their first appearence for the national side in the shorter versio of the cricket. The poor run of Kiwi opening batsman Martin Guptill continued as he was dismissed by Sam Curran early.
Curran brothers kept their side very much ahead in the start of the innings and conceded just seven from the first three overs. Blackcaps were unable to make full use of the Powerplay. Colin Munro has shown some hard-hitting shots with couple of sixes but could not convert his innings into a big one.
New Zealand’s senior player Ross Taylor rescued his side with his well compiled 44 off 35 balls. He was aided by Daryl Mitchell – scored 30 in just 17 deliveries. For England, Chris Jordan picked up a couple of wickets for 28 runs while Sam, Adil and Brown shared one wicket apiece.
In chasing 154, England’s openers gave a 37 run stand and it was James Vince who started things off in style. He made his maiden half-century in T20Is. England captain Morgan contributed with bat as he was unbeaten on 34 to settle their first victory in the series.
Mitchell Santner was the lonely successfuly bowler from Kiwis and got three scalps that went in vain. Vince was named Player of the Match. The next game to be played on 2nd November at Wellington.