Mon, 09 Dec 2019

Cape Town - Chris Jordan produced a sparkling all-round performance as England secured a 3-2 series victory over New Zealand, with his prior experience in bowling a Super Over against proving vital in the heat of the moment.

With the situation looking dire at best, Jordan strode out to bat with the unenviable task of requiring 13 runs for victory from just three balls.

A first-ball six, followed by a sharply-run two and then a four ensured the series-deciding match went to a Super Over to bring a golf ball-sized lump up in New Zealanders' throats.

Heavy-hitting from Eoin Morgan and man of the match Jonny Bairstow set a daunting 17-run target for Jordan to defend, which the all-rounder ably achieved, conceding just eight runs while taking the wicket of Tim Seifert.

Jordan was entrusted with bowling the Super Over when England beat Pakistan in Sharjah four years ago, an experience which the 31-year-old feels relieved the pressure on his shoulders this time around.

Asked whether he felt Bairstow and Morgan had given him enough to defend, Jordan responded: "It needed to be enough.

"Drawing on that experience from doing it before helped out.

"It was a brilliant team performance and even as the game was coming down to the wire I just tried to be as calm as possible and try and see ball, hit ball. It was great to get a series win."

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