England withstood a spirited performance from New Zealand in the fifth IT20 to complete a dominant 4-1 series victory.

The visitors were easing towards their target of 137 with Nat Sciver-Brunt and Heather Knight’s classy stand of 57.

The White Ferns then fought back to dismiss both set batters in the 18th and 19th overs. But Sophia Dunkley held her nerve, hitting her second ball for four to win with seven balls to spare.

Earlier, the hosts slipped to 31-4 and 69-5 after choosing to bat first, but Izzy Gaze’s unbeaten 51 from 28 balls led a recovery to 136-6.

Sciver-Brunt triggered the top order collapse in a hostile and disciplined opening spell with Lauren Filer, who went wicketless but troubled the inexperienced line-up with her pace and bounce.

It completed a 4-1 series win and the perfect preparation for the up-coming home series against Pakistan which begins at Edgbaston on Saturday 11 May.

England Captain Heather Knight on TNT Sports: “I’m really pleased with how we started with the ball, we were aggressive and got those early wickets, so it was exciting to watch.

“We were pleased with the chase, to keep our heads level after the third T20, and are delighted to get a series win over the line.”

Player of the Match Nat Sciver-Brunt on TNT Sports: “It was great to get on a seamer-friendly wicket which we made the most of in the powerplay.

“I’d have liked to be in with Heather at the end but it was an important partnership from us to solidify the win.”

Over 13,000 sold for Women’s IT20 vs Pakistan

Pakistan Women will be in Birmingham on Saturday 11 May 2024 and over 13,000 tickets have already been sold.

With the Men’s IT20 already sold out, this is your last chance to see Pakistan at Edgbaston next summer and tickets are available from only £17, with under 16s £5.