Mark Chapman’s impressive batting secures T20I series draw for New Zealand
Mark Chapman played a key role as New Zealand successfully chased down 176 against England, resulting in a 2-2 series draw. The Kiwis are now preparing for the ODI series and the forthcoming World Cup.
In a thrilling T20I match, Mark Chapman’s exceptional batting performance led New Zealand to chase down 176 runs against England, resulting in a series draw. The left-handed batter’s confidence in their ability to chase the target was pivotal to the Kiwis’ success.
The match, held at Trent Bridge, saw Tim Seifert scoring 48 runs, while Glenn Phillips contributed with a remarkable 42 off just 25 balls. Mark Chapman provided the finishing touches to the chase, remaining unbeaten with 40 runs from 25 balls, including five fours and one six. This remarkable victory allowed New Zealand to make a remarkable comeback from a 2-0 deficit and level the T20I series.
Speaking about his performance, Chapman stated, “Once Glenn (Phillips) got out, I sort of looked to take over from there. If we had wickets in hand, (we knew) the total was going to be chase-able for us. I think the boys were outstanding. And I guess not only today, but the last couple of games after a couple of tough losses in the first two.”
Chapman also expressed that New Zealand’s strong finish in the T20Is has boosted the team’s confidence as they prepare for the upcoming ODI series against England and the World Cup, which is scheduled to begin on October 5 in India.
The Kiwis will commence their four-match ODI series against the current World Cup champions, England, at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday. Chapman added, “It’s always nice to hit a couple out of the middle. I think more importantly though, it was nice to be there at the end and see the team through to a win. We switch our focus now to the slightly longer format and hopefully we can put up some more strong performances.”
New Zealand will begin their 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup campaign with a rematch of the 2019 final against England on October 5 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The final is also scheduled to be played at the same venue on November 19.