Recent Match Report - New Zealand vs England 4th T20I 2019

Ross Houston
November 9, 2019

Malan struck nine fours and six sixes during his unbeaten knock.

Malan's unbeaten century was the fastest by an Englishman in a T20 worldwide, beating by 12 balls Alex Hales' record of 60 deliveries and lifting England to 3-241, their highest score in the format.

It's been a big night for Malan, who scored a sensational 103 not out in England's innings, while skipper Eoin Morgan scored 91.

The score bested their previous high of 8-230 against South Africa in the 2016 World Twenty20.

This was after England's Malan and captain Morgan exploited the short boundaries of the McLean Park with their brutal 182-run partnership for the third wicket.

The fifth and final T20I will be played on Sunday. And, having reached his half-century from 31 balls, he accelerated sharply to record his century just 17 deliveries later. Miller had scored the hundred in just 35 balls against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom in 2017 while Rohit had reached the three-figure mark in the same number of deliveries against Sri Lanka in Indore in the same year. Malan completed his ton off 48 balls while Hales had taken 60 balls.

Between them, the two left-handers hit 13 sixes and 16 fours with Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult the only New Zealand bowlers to escape with a run rate below 10 an over. Ish Sodhi's figures - he conceded 49 from three overs, with his final one costing 28 - were particularly ugly, though Blair Tickner recovered relatively well after his first two overs cost 32. Malan's is the second fastest T20I hundred by any batsman against New Zealand; Richard Levi's 45-ball hundred remains the fastest.

The England captain, twice caught off waist-high full-tosses which were subsequently adjudged no-balls, eventually holed out after his 41-ball blitz. Before this, the highest stand by an England pair was 159, by Alex Hales and Ravi Bopara against West Indies in 2012. The previous record was held by Jos Buttler who reached the fifty mark from 22 deliveries.

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