HAMILTON: New Zealand will face Australia in the final of the Tri-Series despite losing to England by two runs in a deciding Twenty20 cricket international on Sunday.
Captain Eoin Morgan returned from injury to help England avoid its fourth-straight loss in the series, scoring an unbeaten 80 from 46 balls and sharing a partnership of 93 with Dawid Malan (53) in England’s innings of 194-7.
Colin Munro crunched seven sixes in a 21-ball 57 and a 78-run opening partnership with Martin Guptill (57) which seemed to set up New Zealand for a successful run chase.
But outstanding bowling near the death by Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan and Tom Curran saw England hold New Zealand to 192-4 in its 20 overs. Unfortunately for England, New Zealand only needed to reach 175 to ensure it qualified for the final on run rate as both teams finished the series with one win.