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England vs New Zealand- the new rivalry in the making
England vs New Zealand

England vs New Zealand- the new rivalry in the making

Cricket is a sport encompassed by some great rivalry among the teams, individual players and the fans. The arch rivals India-Pakistan and Australia-England are the most anticipated rivalry in the cricketing world. Over the years, the sense of rivalry has inculcated fire and passion in cricket which makes this game a treat to watch.

The final battle of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has seemed to give rise to another close-contested antagonism in the cricket world. In 2019, England and New Zealand faced each other twice in the super-over. Reversing the clock back to 14th July 2019, England lifted the World Cup urn by defeating New Zealand by the barest of margin in the super-over. The fans just started to get over that World-Cup maniac but the final T20I game between the two nations at Auckland on 10th November brought them back to where it all started.

In the rain-stricken game, New Zealand and England played incredible cricket to entertain fans present at the Eden Park Auckland. In 11 overs, New Zealand scored 146 runs courtesy brilliance from Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. In reply, England did not come slow in the chase of strenuous task. Credit to Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, and later Chris Jordan who managed to draw the game. In super over, England smashed 17 runs (2 more than they did in the World Cup final). While chasing 18 runs, New Zealand could not cope with some excellent seam bowling from Chris Jordan who helped England to prevail their dominance in the super over repeat.

Some serious competitiveness between the two nations is developing the sense of a newly born rivalry. Whenever, England and New Zealand comes together the crowd gets to see some exciting cricket from the both sides. These both teams have also done incredibly well in the limited-overs cricket in the recent past which makes them more enjoyable to watch.