Dawid Malan scored a record breaking unbeaten 103 from just 51 balls in England's crushing 76-run win over New Zealand
Dawid Malan scored a record breaking unbeaten 103 from just 51 balls in England’s crushing 76-run win over New Zealand (Picture: Getty)

Dawid Malan paid tribute to England skipper Eoin Morgan after he hit a record-breaking century in a crushing 76-run win over New Zealand.

The tourists squared the T20 series at 2-2 heading into Sunday’s decider in Auckland thanks to a powerful batting performance led by Malan and anchored the likes of Morgan and newcomer Tom Banton who impressed at the top of the order.

Malan reached three figures in just 48 balls to become only England’s second centurion in the format, smashing nine fours and six maximums.

Banton, playing only his second match, got the innings off to a decent start with 30 from 20 deliveries but England only really got going when Morgan, who fell just nine runs short of a century, cut loose with England eventually finishing on 241/3.

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‘It’s not often in your career everything comes off, it was a lot of fun out there,’ said Malan. ‘

‘I felt rusty in the first game of the series but it’s felt smoother and smoother. I said this morning that I felt I had got rid of the rust and thankfully it clicked here.

‘Morgs came out and changed the momentum of the game and I piggy-backed that.’

Morgan, who cleared the ropes seven times, added: ‘It was quite a clinical performance. Myself and Dawid have played for a long time together at Middlesex and we know each other pretty well.

‘It was enjoyable, we had a lot of laughs out there. It was a beautiful wicket to bat on.’

New Zealand threatened to chase down England’s total following an early blitz led by Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, but there innings quickly lost momentum when the openers departed with spinner Matt Parkinson claiming impressive figures of 4 for 47.

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