England In his first Twenty20 match, Brydon Carse got three wickets to help his team defeat New Zealand by seven wickets on Wednesday at Chester-le-Street.
In place of the injured John Turner, the South African-born paceman, 28, delivered impressive figures of 3-23 from a maximum of four overs as New Zealand was restricted to a respectable 139-9.
rapid left arm After a costly opening over of the game in which he was blasted for three sixes, Luke Wood added three more wickets to his 3-37 total.
It was undoubtedly a terrific start to my T20 career, Carse said to Sky Sports when taking the field at his home Durham stadium. It was fantastic to perform well for the squad while playing in front of a home crowd in Durham.
I made an effort to play to my strengths by striking the tops of the stumps.
The defending Twenty20 world champions England breezed through the chase, finishing on 143-3 with six overs remaining, and taking a 1-0 series lead.
When Jonny Bairstow edged Tim Southee to slip on the first ball of their innings, they lost their dangerous batsman. Otherwise, England had few scares.
Before Liam Livingstone stylishly finished the contest by hooking Adam Milne high over deep square-leg, Dawid Malan had hit 54 off 42 balls and Harry Brook had scored an unbeaten 43.
In his 27-ball stay, Brook, who was controversially left out of England’s selection for their impending 50-over World Cup title defense in India, hit three sixes, including a soar off Southee.
Jos Buttler, the captain of England, was thrilled with how well his side played overall.
Speed and skill
“It was brilliant,” he recalled, “to take the wickets we did after (Finn) Allen hit those three sixes in the first over.”
“Carefully and quickly bowled the ball. He sprang to his feet and seized the chance. After that first over, Wood performed excellent work as well.
He said, “Malan is a class player, and he has been for a very long time. He has performed well in the ODI format and has been quite reliable at No. 3 in the T20s. We are aware of his quality as a player.
The only New Zealand batters to surpass 20 were the hard-hitting opener Allen (21) and Glenn Phillips (41). England won the game on the field.
After New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat, Allen started the innings by hitting three sixes in the first over from Wood: a straight drive and two strokes that were lofted high over the legside.
But when Buttler momentarily took him out of the game, Wood came back and had Devon Conway (3) caught behind on a drive by the wicketkeeper, leaving New Zealand 25-1 in the fourth over.
The dangerous Allen (21) was next bowled by Carse with a nip-backer.
Prior to Phillips reviving the innings after New Zealand had slipped to 49-4, Wood was cleanly caught in the deep by Sam Curran.
On Friday, the series will resume at Old Trafford.