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England take T20I series decider in dramatic Super Over finale
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England take T20I series decider in dramatic Super Over finale

For the second time this year, an England-New Zealand clash was decided by the Super Over after the two teams ended with equal scores in the allotted time period.

Similar to how things panned out in the World Cup final, it was England who prevailed in the subsequent six-ball shootout albeit with less drama.

Much like the batting pyrotechnics witnessed in the previous game in Napier, batsmen made merry amidst the short boundaries in Auckland and set up an exhibition of boisterous power-hitting in the rain-curtailed affair.

The 11-over contest was ultimately sealed by Chris Jordan's breezy cameo that ensured a tie for the tourists before his pitch-perfect bowling in the Super Over helped defend 18.

In pursuit of the target of the steep 147-run target, England were on the brink of a series defeat when faced with the stiff task of scoring 16 runs in the final over off James Neesham.

After the first three balls only yielded as many runs, Jordan turned the screws with a maximum and dispatched the final delivery for a boundary to level the scores.

Skipper Eoin Morgan and opener Jonny Bairstow thwacked a six each in the Super Over to get to 17 off Tim Southee.

The trio of Tim Seifert, Martin Guptill and Colin de Grandhomme then failed to get their timing right against Jordan and could manage just a single four.

Earlier, England's chase threatened to implode right from the start when they lost three wickets in quick time.

The absence of Dawid Malan, having been rested after his record century in the last game, proved costly for Morgan's men as the returning James Vince and opening batter Tom Banton departed for low scores.

Bairstow kept clubbing sixes at will clearing the boundary rope a total of five times during his belligerent 18-ball 47.

His rapid 61-run partnership in the space of four overs with Sam Curran put England in the driving seat but the home side wrestled back control of the proceedings via a double strike from Mitchell Santner.

New Zealand's innings was set up by a blistering charge from Guptill and Colin Munro, who racked up 83 runs in five overs.

Guptill was the first Black Caps player to fall for his 20-ball 50 - his first half-century since the World Cup.

Adil Rashid and Saqib Mahmood briefly applied brakes to New Zealand's feisty batting display but Seifert soon got going and smashed five sixes in his unbeaten contribution of 16-ball 39.