It has truly been an unkind year for New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham, beginning with the controversial World Cup final until the decider of the T20 series between England and New Zealand on Sunday. Both the World Cup final and the fifth T20 had striking similarities - both games went into a Super Over and in both the games Neesham was in the middle of the field when it happened. Neesham can definitely not forget the moment when the World cup win was snatched away from New Zealand and he will add the result of the final T20 game against England to his list of should-be-forgotten memories.
Having sought good control over England's batsmen after having set a target of 147 runs, New Zealand were well on their way to a victory before Chris Jordan crashed the party and brought some fireworks. In just three balls, Chris Jordan changed the fortunes for his team and landed more misery on Neesham's head as he was bowling the last over. As soon as Chris Jordan dispatched a low full-toss to the fence off the last ball of the over, Neesham was spotted bearing a 'say-it-all' expression on his face, a familiar ground where he dreaded stepping foot in. Neesham had earlier muted the words 'England', 'World Cup', '2019' after New Zealand's loss to England in the semi-finals of the rugby World Cup.
Jonny Bairstow's quickfire 47 off 18, laced with five sixes and two boundaries, got England off to a flying start before the hosts put the break on the visitors' momentum. Requiring 16 runs off 6 balls, Chris Jordan smashed 12 runs off three balls to help England reach 146 runs and tie the game. For the second time in four months, fans witnessed yet another super over, this time in the shortest format of the game, to decide the winner of the contest. With England being sent to bat first in the super over, Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow hit a six each as they helped the visitors post 18 runs in six balls. New Zealand's Tom Seifert and Martin Guptill failed to hit any big shots off a disciplined super over from Chris Jordan, thereby handing England a comfortable 9-run win over New Zealand.