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Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Chris Jordan produces magical catch against New Zealand

Chris Jordan produces magical catch against New Zealand

Opener Alex Hales, lefthander Dawid (crrt) Malan and a spot of late-innings hitting from left arm seamer David Willey gave England a sniff. Though Dawid Malan steered a strong attempt to haul in a demanding target England fell 12 short to leave them needing a favour off Australia to stay alive in the tournament.

The 27-year-old world No 3 batsman, who will be around for most of the second half of Yorkshire's 2018 campaign, playing 11 T20 Blast matches and four County Championship fixtures, made the most of a first-ball reprieve, hitting 72 and leading New Zealand to 196-5 in the tri-series T20.

The Yorkshireman sits 26th, with England's highest placed bowler Chris Jordan in 15th, but is unconcerned about such matters.

The visitors had won the toss and put New Zealand in to bat, leaving the skipper satisfied at his team's efforts on what appeared to be a challenging surface. With this win, New Zealand are in a good position to enter the final while England will have to hope they win their last game by a big margin and also for New Zealand to lose to Australia.

With Australia already assured of a place in the final, New Zealand are now firm favourites to join them. Mark Wood and Rashid picked up 2 wickets each for England and were most successful in the innings.

Vince played one dreamy lofted cover drive for six then ran as though he was dreaming, taking on Williamson at mid-off and opting not to dive with a direct finding him short. Mark Chapman and wicketkeeper Tim Seifert are set to debut at the Westpac Stadium, with Tom Bruce and Tom Blundell making way, and Williamson said it was just reward for their form domestically.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson: "It is an important win in the context of the series".

It was particularly chastening for Wood, whose four overs and extra pace allowed 51 runs. If they can hold steady for at least the first six overs, England will be assured a good start. I can't get away from the plans, I think New Zealand have planned well for this game on this pitch.

There were solid contributions from two debutants down the order as Mark Chapman (20 off 13 balls) and Tim Seifert (14 from 6 balls) propelled the hosts to a total of more than 190. The weather is likely to be fine and we should see a full game. We were just off with our skills and the wicket played better than everyone thought.

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