After posting an unremarkable total of 142-8 in the first innings, New Zealand proceeded to rip through the Australian batting at Dharamsala yesterday, claiming a narrow victory of 8 runs in a thrilling match.
Paceman Mitchell McClenaghan justified being recalled to the side by grabbing three crucial wickets, which sealed the fate of the English side, with spinners Ish Sodhi and Santner doing the rest.
Meanwhile, at Mumbai, an English storm blew away the seemingly insurmountable wall of 229 runs posted by South Africa, mainly due to the three half centuries by Hashim Amla (58), Quinton de Kock (52), and JP Duminy (54).
A mighty 83-run knock by Joe Root, studded with six boundaries and four sixes, helped England get to the formidable target. The other big scorer for the side was Jason Roy, who made 43 runs. Moeen Ali got the distinction of hitting the winning run as England reached the last over needing just the single to clinch victory. This was England’s highest ever total in T20’s, as well as being the second-highest run chase by any team in this format.