Dawid Malan credited Eoin Morgan with providing him the momentum to break records in England’s Twenty20 victory over New Zealand on Friday.
Malan scored England’s fastest T20 century by smashing an unbeaten 103 from 51 balls, while captain Morgan raced to 91 off just 41 deliveries in Napier.
The duo shared 182 runs as the tourists reached an imposing 241-3 – England’s highest partnership and innings total in the format.
The Black Caps were skittled for 165 in response, Matt Parkinson claiming figures of 4-47, as Morgan’s men clinched a 76-run triumph that levelled the series at 2-2 ahead of the final game in Auckland on Sunday.
“The message is always the same, play aggressively and back yourself,” said Malan, who hit nine fours and six maximums.
“It’s not very often you have days like that when every time you have a hack at one it lands safe or goes for six. It’s as good as it gets.
“I felt like I had rhythm today, glad I clicked especially with these short boundaries.
“It helps batting with Morgs as well, he changed the momentum of the game and I piggybacked him a bit. To do it on the biggest stage is a fantastic experience.”
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Morgan 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.”