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England in another Super Over win over NZ

By AAP Newswire

Chris Jordan has starred as England got the better of New Zealand in another Super Over, prevailing by nine runs after a truncated thriller in the series-deciding fifth Twenty20 in Auckland.

Four months on from their nerve-shredding World Cup final, the teams found themselves on familiar terrain as they were deadlocked after an 11-over shootout, shortened because of intermittent showers at Eden Park on Sunday.

Jordan's last-ball four ensured England levelled New Zealand's 146 and the paceman then held his nerve with the ball after Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan had each bludgeoned a six to lift England to 17 in the Super Over.

Despite sending down a wide with his second delivery, Jordan bowled expert lengths to restrict New Zealand to eight for one in reply, helping England seal a 3-2 series victory.

Martin Guptill was the batsman run out in the World Cup final that led to England's triumph on boundary countback alone - a rule since abolished - and he perhaps should have had more of a say in this Super Over.

Having earlier clubbed a 19-ball half-century in New Zealand's 5-146, he deferred to Tim Seifert, who faced the first four deliveries in the Super Over and perished to a superb running catch from Morgan at wide mid-off.

Seifert's dismissal left New Zealand requiring 11 for victory, and Guptill's inability to get underneath a Jordan yorker from the penultimate delivery meant the equation came down to an impossible 10 from one as England sealed a fourth successive T20 series win.

Such a prospect seemed remote after Guptill, plus boundary laden cameos from Colin Munro (46 from 21 balls) and Seifert (39 off 16), carried the Kiwis to a daunting total in the regulation 11 overs.

But England are rarely outgunned - even if they are missing several first-team players - and Bairstow's 47 from only 17 deliveries as well as some important contributions down the order kept them in contention.

They still needed 16 from the final over - and 13 from the last three deliveries when Jordan walked out to bat, but a maximum from his first ball was followed by a four from his third after Jimmy Neesham had erred in line and length as the tourists responded with 7-146.