The stage is set for an exhilarating clash as England (ENG) goes head-to-head against New Zealand (NZ) in the 3rd T20I of the New Zealand tour of England 2023 at the picturesque Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham. England currently leads the four-match series 2-0, showcasing their dominance in the 2nd T20I with a staggering 95-run victory over New Zealand.
In the previous encounter, England batted first, with openers Jonny Bairstow and Will Jacks providing a solid start, putting up a 40-run partnership. Tim Southee’s dismissal of Will Jacks was followed by a brief stint by Dawid Malan, who went for a duck. However, the highlight of England’s innings was the remarkable 131-run partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Harry Brooks. This partnership propelled England to a formidable total of 198 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Ish Sodhi was the most successful bowler for New Zealand, claiming 2 crucial wickets.
In response, New Zealand faced early setbacks with the swift dismissals of Finn Allen and Devon Conway. Tim Seifert and Glenn Phillips attempted to stabilize the innings briefly, but Glenn Phillips’ departure at the hands of Adil Rashid tilted the balance. Subsequently, New Zealand’s batters struggled to make an impact and were dismissed with single-digit scores, leading to their total of 103 runs. England’s bowlers delivered a terrific performance, with Gus Atkinson leading the charge, taking an impressive 4 wickets.