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ENG vs NZ | Carse Shines On Debut While Malan Navigates ENG To 1-0 Lead In T20Is

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Brydon Carse had a debut to remember in England’s easy seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the first of their four home T20I series. The speedster, coupled with new-ball paceman Luke Wood claimed six wickets between them to dust out their guests for a moderate total upfront. Later, Dawid Malan and Harry Brook quietly navigated the Englishmen past the finishing line with time to spare.

Carse and Wood orchestrates New Zealand collapse

Being invited to bat first by the hosts, New Zealand’s innings never took off following in-form opener Devon Conway’s dismissal in the fourth over. New-ball speedster Luke Wood set the tone of England’s dominance in the game by getting rid of Conway, while fellow pacer Brydon Carse celebrated his T20I debut with a three-fer.

Wood himself claimed three wickets in the innings, including that of Tim Seifert and top-scorer Glenn Phillips to leave New Zealand floored at 103-7.

Specialist spinners Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and part-timer Liam Livingstone all chipped in with a wicket each to restrict the visitors to just 139-9 from their 20 overs.

Remarkably, Phillips’ 38-ball 41, Finn Allen’s 21 and Ish Sodhi’s 16-run cameo alone amounted to more than half of New Zealand’s moderate total at Chester-le-Street.

England cruise to win with time to spare

English captain Jos Buttler sacrificed his position by allowing Will Jacks to open the innings alongside Jonny Bairstow. Jacks’ brief 22-run blitz took hosts past the 50-run mark after Bairstow’s first-over dismissal to New Zealand captain and new-ball bowler Tim Southee.

After 62-2, Dawid Malan and Harry Brook effortlessly defied the rest of the New Zealand attack, before the former made his way back to the pavilion at the edge of the finishing line for 54.

Liam Livingstone blasted a six in his four-ball stay at the crease as England cruised to an easy seven-wicket win with six overs to spare to go 1-0 up in the four-match series.

The two sides will now shift to Manchester’s Old Trafford Stadium for the second T20I of the series on September 1.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand: 139-9 (20)
Glenn Phillips 41 (38), Finn Allen 21 (15)
Brydon Carse 3-23 (4), Luke Wood 3-37 (4)

England: 143-3 (14)
Dawid Malan 54 (42), Harry Brook 43* (27)
Ish Sodhi 1-23 (2), Tim Southee 1-25 (3)

England won by seven wickets, leads series 1-0