Last Update on: January 10th, 2019 at 12:08 am
Recently updated on January 10th, 2019 at 12:08 am
The twist and turns of the exciting Trans-Tasman Tri Series continue to unravel. England and New Zealand face each other at Seddon Park, Hamilton in a virtual semi-final situation.
The winner of the match, under specific constraints, meet Australia in the finals of the tournament.
England number three batsman, Dawid Malan, meanwhile, notched up yet another half-century to continue his good run. The southpaw becomes the first batsman to score four T20I half-centuries in his first five games.
For a substantial time, Malan was not considered in the T20I circuit for England. His exploits in T20s was well versed with his outings for Middlesex Crusaders, Peshawar Zalmi and Khulna Titans in various competitions around the world.
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With the rest provided to Joe Root, the Middlesex all format captain got the opportunity to feature in the T20I side for England in the Trans-Tasman Triseries in Australia-New Zealand.
Malan- first batsman to score four T20I half-centuries in his first five games
Left-handed Malan has been in prime form in the ongoing series, as he reached the 50-run mark thrice in the tournament. Unfortunately, his knocks turned out to be in vain, as England lost in a couple of occasions, before his 50 at Hamilton.
Dawid Malan carried on from where he left at Wellington, where he scored 59. England was in a spot of bother in a must-win game after losing Alex Hales and Jason Roy early. Together with Morgan, Malan stitched a valuable 93-run partnership at a rapid pace to steady the English boat. Morgan scored an unbeaten 80.
England, with the help of Malan’s 36-ball 53, posted a total of 194 runs in front of the Kiwis. The visitors need to restrict New Zealand to 174 to qualify for the finals, by superior net run rate.
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