The Best of the Day preview charges down the wicket with T20I cricket tips as New Zealand aim to wrap up a series win over England on home soil.
16:00 (AEDT) @ McLean Park, Napier
History: Played 19: England 11 V New Zealand 7 (1 No Result)
Last meeting: November 5, 2019: New Zealand d England by 14 runs at Saxton Oval
Final thoughts: New Zealand have clawed back to lead their T20I series against England after dropping the opener. They can seal the deal in Napier on Friday evening.
A new-look England side carved out an impressive seven-wicket win in last Friday’s opener – their first T20I outing since May. Chris Jordan (2/28) and James Vince (59 off 38) were the standout performers.
But the Black Caps responded with an equally convincing 21-run win in Wellington on Sunday. Jimmy Neesham (42 off 22), Martin Guptill (41 off 28) and Colin de Grandhomme (28 off 12) underlined the power hitting at NZ’s disposal, carrying the hosts to 8/176.
New Zealand looked to have wasted a golden opportunity in game three on Tuesday. Martin Guptill (33 off 17) and Colin de Grandhomme (55 off 35) put the hosts in a strong position, but they stumbled their way to a total of 7/180.
England opener Dawid Malan (55 off 34) and Vince (49 off 39) continued their fine series to plot a victory course. But a baffling late collapse – with Lockie Ferguson (2/25) and newcomer Blair Tickner (2/25) superb – saw the tourists come up 14 runs short.
Trent Boult is set to come in for a rested Ferguson. Jonny Bairstow will come back into England’s side.
England boast a 6-4 record in T20Is in New Zealand. The limited-overs heavyweights split a two-match series 1-all in early-2018.
The Black Caps won their only previous T20I at McLean Park, a six-wicket victory over Bangladesh in 2017. They have won four of their last five ODIs at the ground.
There’s been little between the sides so far and England shapes as good value to send the series to a game five decider with a Best of the Day win. Expect Bairstow’s return to play a huge part.