Eoin Morgan becomes first English batsman to complete 2000 runs in T20I


AUCKLAND: Limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan on Sunday became the first English batsman to complete 2000 runs in the T20I. The 33-year-old Morgan reached the milestone mark in the fifth T20I against New Zealand at the Eden Park here. He played a knock of 17 runs in the allotted overs and later added nine runs in the super-over.

In the 86 T20Is, Morgan had 2002 runs under his name with an average of 29.88. His shortest format runs are also donned with 11 fifties.

He has become the seventh batsman to score 2000 runs in the T20Is after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Martin Guptill, Shoaib Malik, Brandon McCullum, and David Warner.

England defeated New Zealand in the final match of the five-match T20I series to win the series 3-2. The match went into a super over as normal action concluded in a tie. This was the second super over between the two sides this year.

Earlier, England and New Zealand played a super over in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The super over also ended up as a tie and England was announced as the winner on the basis of the boundary-countback rule.

The final T20I between England and New Zealand was a curtailed affair as rain played spoilsport. As a result, the game was reduced to 11-over per side. New Zealand scored 146/5 in 11 overs and England registered the same score in the allotted overs.

Fastest fifty for England

Skipper Eoin Morgan on Friday registered the fastest fifty for England in the T20I format. He achieved the feat in the side’s ongoing T20I match against New Zealand in Napier.

Morgan scored his 50th run on his 21st ball and he surpassed wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler to break the record.

Buttler had scored 50 off 22 balls against Australia at Birmingham in 2018. In the same game, Dawid Malan also created the record for scoring the fastest hundred for an English batsman.