James Vince
James Vince | Picture: ICC

England cricketer James Vince is hopeful of making England’s T20I World Cup squad, after playing a match-winning knock in the first T20I against New Zealand.

Vince scored 59 runs as England won the game by seven wickets in Christchurch.

The 28-year-old said that it’s very difficult to get in the team which has achieved so much in the last three or four years.

Vince, however, added that to be a part of the squad he’ll push himself to the limit.

Chasing a target of 154, England had put on a decent start through Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow. The pair added 37 runs for the first wicket as Mitchell Santaner dismissed Malan for 11.

Vince then joined Bairstow in the middle. The duo added 31 runs before Santaner got rid off Bairstow.

Skipper Eoin Morgan and Vince then stitched 54 runs for the wicket, putting England in a strong position.

The Hampshire skipper, Vince, scored 59 before Santaner got him caught at deep mid-wicket.

Skipper Morgan and Sam Billings then made sure England didn’t lose another wicket and chase the target with 9 balls to spare.

Morgan and Billings remained unbeaten on 34 and 14, respectively.

Earlier in the day, England won the toss and elected to bowl first.

The Three Lions got off to a flyer after Sam Curran clean bowled Martin Guptill in the third over.

The Kiwis were reduced to 93/4, just after the start of the 14th over.

Ross Taylor top-scored with 44 as the Kiwis crossed the 150-run mark.

For England, Chris Jordan scalped two wickets while Adil Rashid, Pat Brown and Sam Curran took a wicket each.

While Tom Curran, brother of Sam Curran, finished his spell without any success.

Tom and Sam became the first brothers to open the bowling for England.

The second T20I of the five-match series will be played in Wellington on November 3.

 

 

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