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England pull off a massive win to take the series into the fifth and final fixture

England level series with crushing win

There it is then, a series leveller for England courtesy the batting madness that Malan and Morgan pulled off. New Zealand tried to slog like their opposition but couldn't come close, eventually folding for 165. A lot of credit should also go to England's leggie Matt Parkinson, who finished with four wickets.

England one away from series parity

Parkinson bags his fourth wicket to cut short Tim Southee's cameo - 39 off 15 balls. The New Zealand skipper shuffled across to send another one into the midwicket or long stands but missed with his attempt and got struck on the pad plumb in front.

Sam Curran then bounced out Santner to put the visitors just one wicket away from a victory.

Six down!!

Patrick Brown has a wicket now. It's almost like New Zealand are batting on a different, bigger ground. So many of their attempts to send the ball over the ropes are falling to the deep fielders. Tom Banton gets another catch to his tally as Ross Taylor hits one to him at mid-wicket. New Zealand are 89 for 6 in 9.4 overs.

Third for Parkinson

He's continued to take the pace off the ball to lure the New Zealand batsmen into false shots. Daryl Mitchell, who came into this game for the ill James Neesham, tried to hit it down the ground but didn't get enough bat behind it. Chris Jordan covered a bit of ground from long off to complete a simple catch.

Parkinson double strike!

New Zealand are swiftly losing the plot here. They've lost Colin de Grandhomme and Colin Munro in the same over.

Kudos to leggie Matt Parkinson who bravely tossed the ball up right after getting hit for a big six down the ground by de Grandhomme. The No.4 man went for another biggie, but couldn't clear the cow corner region - the longest part of the ground. Tom Curran took another straightforward take.

Next ball, Munro looked for a big heave, but the googly meant he had to hit against the turn and didn't time it well enough. Tom Banton at deep midwicket completed another regulation catch to leave NZ stuttering on 70 for 4.

Chris Jordan strikes

A very interesting variety of slower ball - that looked like a seam-up delivery on first view - has done the right-hander in. He tried to tuck the ball on the leg side but the ball came much after the bat went. A leading edge went high in the air and Tom Curran took a simple catch to reduce NZ down to 61 for 2 in 6 overs. NZ have scored at 10 an over and yet fall short in terms of asking rate. And now they've lost two wickets. Just that sort of a night.

Guptill goes!

Is there anything like Live blogger's curse? Maybe. Let's pass on the credit to Tom Curran though, who has bowled a low full toss while attempting a yorker and got Guptill to hit the ball straight to the mid-wicket fielder.

Game on in Napier?

Guptill and Munro surely think so! They smashed 50 for the opening wicket off just 25 balls - on par with what they need to do for the entirety of the 20 overs. Can they really do this?

Malan, Morgan smash their way to England's best in T20Is

Incredible batting on show today. As many as 14 sixes were hit - 13 off them by the pair that enabled England to get their highest-ever T20I total. There was just no respite for the bowlers after a decent start in the powerplay overs, as 147 runs came off the last 60 balls. They also shared a 182-run stand off 76 balls!

Over to New Zealand now to try and make a match out of this madness.

Take a bow, Dawid!

He's got to his century off just 48 balls. New Zealand have assisted him along the way with some poor bowling but this world class hitting too.

Malan has been brutal against Ish Sodhi here. He's smashed him for three sixes and two fours in an over to put himself in line for a big century. For England too, the 200 is well within their reach.

Malan and Morgan get quickfire fifites

What an exceptional stand this has been. There's a lesson in there about approaching a T20 innings, more so after a couple of early set backs. Malan's got to his 50 off 31 balls, Morgan's got there off just 21 balls - fastest for England in T20Is. This is a masterclass in boundary-hitting.

50-run stand off 22 balls

Morgan and Malan have quickly turned the tables - on both New Zealand and their strike bowler Mitchell Santner. Banton's wicket was supposed to create a big dent to England's innings, but it hardly left an effect. The third-wicket pairing have thrown their bat at almost everything, and have added 50 off just 22 balls. That includes 20 runs off Santner's third over.

Morgan comes out all guns blazing

And that's bad news for Tickner because he's followed up a 17-run first over with one where he's conceded 15. Morgan smashed a four and a six in the over, while Malan too picked up a boundary, taking England to 88 for 2 in 10 overs.

Santner, again!

Another LBW appeal against Banton, another review, but this time the England opener has to walk back. Banton attempted to throw Santner off guard by lining up for a switch hit, but ended up missing with his heave and getting stuck on the back leg. A big appeal was turned down, but Tim Southee decided to send it upstairs straightaway. Replays returned with multiple reds as it showed that the ball would've gone on to hit the top of offstump. Banton departs for a 20-ball 31.

Banton gets a move on...

A 17-run last over in the PowerPlay has given England a nudge in the forward direction. Banton went after medium-pacer Blair Tickner, picking up two fours and a six off the over to take England to 48 for 1 in 6 overs.

Santner strikes first ball

Oh Jonny! One ball you make a smart call to save your batting partner, on the next you send a long hop straight down the throat of the only fielder in the deep on the square boundary. Santner, the man with the golden arm currently, has struck first ball.

Bairstow's review brilliance

Tom Banton survives because of his smart batting partner. The young man had been adjusted LBW after he attempted and missed an across the line swipe against Trent Boult. He began to walk away before being stopped and quizzed by his batting partner about going for a review. Banton seemed undecided until the very last second on the timer, before hastily showing the T sign to the umpire. As it turned out, it was a great call as the ball had pitched outside the leg stump.

TOSS: New Zealand opt to bowl. Daryll Mitchell, Trent Boult in for the hosts. England bring back Jonny Bairstow


New Zealand: Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee(c), Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Blair Tickner

England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Billings(w), Sam Curran, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Patrick Brown, Matthew Parkinson

Venue factfile

- McLean Park in Napier has only hosted one T20I before - against Bangladesh in 2017. Kane Williamson top-scored in that game with a 55-ball 73 to guide his side to a win.

- A lot of ODIs have been played at the venue, dating back since 1983. This is also a venue where New Zealand have played out two tied ODIs - both against England in 1997 and 2008.

Prelude - Can England take the series to the decider?

They head into the Napier game with the risk of losing the series well before the last game is played. An early lead didn't do much to their fortunes in the series as they ended up on the losing side for two successive matches after that. In both those games, Mitchell Santner was a thorn in their flesh, and Rob Johnston, our England correspondent, believes not a lot will be different in the game today. Here's his preview of the match.

Trent Boult returns

The New Zealand pace spearhead had been kept out of the first three fixtures in order to help him train his focus on the Test series that follows up right after the five T20Is. But he's back now for the last two games, and with a chance to down England further from the precarious position they already find themselves in. He spoke about the mindset he will carry into the two fixtures: "It's the same mindset that I always take into most formats: trying to be aggressive, trying to take wickets, and trying to do my role for the side

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