Dawid Malan became the 2nd England player to score a century in men’s T20I internationals format during the 4th T20I against New Zealand played at McLean Park, Napier on Friday.
He came after an early fall of Jonny Bairstow wicket when the score was 16. Tom Banton played with positive intent and put the pressure on New Zealand bowlers. He and Malan added 42 runs for the 2nd wicket. Malan has been in superb form so far in the 5 match T20I series. In the fourth T20I match against New Zealand, Malan took time and reached his fifty off 31 balls.
Malan showed his array of strokes and took on Ish Sodhi hitting him for 28 runs in the 17th over. It was an amazing display of hitting by both Malan and Morgan adding 182 runs for the 3rd wicket. Morgan was dismissed in the last over for a brilliant 91 off 51 balls. Malan reached his maiden T20I century off 48 balls and remained not out on 103. During his 103*, Malan hit 9 fours and 6 sixes.
New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro started positively adding 54 runs for the opening wicket in just 4.3 overs, but the target was too steep for the hosts as they were bowled out for 165 in 16.5 overs. England won the match by 76 runs to level the series at 2-2.
Dawid Malan was awarded the man of the match for his 103*. Before this match, Malan had scores of 11,55, 39 so far in this series.
He has played so far 9 T20Is and scored 458 runs with the best score of 103*. In his short T20I career, he hit 1 century and 5 half-centuries to his name.
Alex Hales was the first English batsman to score a century in T20I format. He scored 116* off 64 balls against Sri Lanka during the ICC World T20 2014 played at Chhattgroam on 27th March 2014. During the chase of 190 runs to win, despite losing 2 wickets in the first over, hales took on Sri Lankan attack and added 152 runs for the 3rd wicket along with Eoin Morgan.
Hales remained not out 116 off 64 balls with 11 fours and 6 sixes to help England register a 6 wicket win with 4 balls to spare.