England’s wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow credits the T10 cricket for their victory against New Zealand in the final T20I game at Auckland. In the rain-stricken match, the game was limited to 11 overs per side. Bairstow pointed out the fact that England players’ experience of playing T10 League 2018 in U.A.E helped them to chase a huge total in 11 overs.
New Zealand dominated the first half of the game scoring 146 runs in their 11 overs. England, despite a wobbly start, backed themselves to chase the target with the firepower they had. "It was pretty imposing to try and chase down 150 but a lot of the guys played in the T10 last year and said we're not far off here and can get within striking distance with the small boundaries here," he told the broadcasters as he collected the man-of-the-match prize.
Six of England's playing XI had made an appearance in the T10 last year in Sharjah as opposed to two of the Black Caps players. This helped the English players to get accustomed to the situation. England won the series 3-2 after clinching the victory in the super-over against New Zealand in the fifth and the final T20I game at Auckland.