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Four months after the World Cup ended with a dramatic super over, England claim 3-2 series win over New Zealand in the Twenty20 in Auckland

The drama at Eden Park came just four months after the madness of Lord’sChris Jordan hit 12 off the final three deliveries and force a super overEngland ran out comfortable winners in the end, hitting 17 off their six balls England’s young side clinched a 3-2 series win on a rain-hit day in Auckland 

Just when you thought you had seen your last super over for a while, England and New Zealand – the teams that cannot be separated – were at it again.

Four months after the madness of Lord’s, it was Eden Park’s turn to go faintly berserk. 

And if there less riding on the result this time, there was no mistaking the pleasure felt by England’s young side as they clinched a 3-2 series win on a rain-hit day in Auckland.

Four months after the World Cup ended with a dramatic super over, England claim 3-2 series win over New Zealand in the Twenty20 in Auckland

England captain Eoin Morgan poses with the T20 trophy after winning the series over NZ

After Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow hit a six apiece off Tim Southee, Chris Jordan was given the task of defending 18. Tim Seifert managed a two and a four either side of a wide, to leave New Zealand needing 11 off four, but then missed an attempted scoop.

When Seifert sliced the next ball high into the covers, Morgan held a superb running catch over his shoulder. 

The batsmen crossed, which left Martin Guptill, who had faced Jofra Archer’s final ball of the World Cup back in July, needing to hit the last two balls for six – or for six and four which, under new regulations, would have forced another super over.

Eoin Morgan (R) plays a shot watched by New Zealand's wicket-keeper Tim Seifert

Instead, he could manage only a single to long-off, rendering the final delivery academic. 

For England, who looked to have blown the series when they made a hash of their chase in the third game at Nelson, it represented a memorable turnaround, kickstarted by Dawid Malan’s heroics in Napier.

Moments before bowling the final over of the series, Jordan had England’s hero with the bat, forcing the game into extra time by hitting 12 off Jimmy Neesham’s last three balls.

In a game reduced by squally showers to 11 overs a side, England looked to have blown their chase of 147 when Bairstow, Sam Curran and Lewis Gregory fell in the space of four balls after they had moved into pole position at 100 for three.

England batsman Jonny Bairstow prepares to hit the ball during their T20 match with NZ

And with Sam Billings and Tom Curran struggling to find the boundary, England were grateful for Jordan’s cool temperament. He sliced his first ball over cover for six, scooped the next for two, then paddled the last for four.

Earlier, Bairstow had battered 47 off 18, including three sixes in a row off leg-spinner Ish Sodhi as he peppered Eden Park’s toy-town straight boundaries. 

But Neesham had him caught behind within sight of England’s fastest T20 fifty, and Curran – after hitting 20 in four deliveries off Scott Kuggeleijn – was then stumped off a wide next ball from Mitchell Santner.

Gregory launched his first ball for six, then spooned his second straight to cover, leaving England 107 for six, and New Zealand within touching distance of victory.

Their own total of 146 for five had been built on three powerful innings: 50 from 20 balls by Guptill, 46 off 21 by Colin Munro, and 39 off 16 by Seifert. Between them, the trio hit 14 sixes at a venue that is almost impossible for bowlers to defend.

Ultimately, Jordan bucked the trend, and England could celebrate.

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