New Zealand began their 2019 with a 3-0 whitewash and a one-off T20I win against the touring Sri Lankan team. Following Sri Lanka, India was next to tour New Zealand. India comprehensively won the ODI series 4-1 but lost the T20I series to the host 2-1.
Next, Bangladesh toured New Zealand. They whitewashed the Bangladeshi side 3-0 in the ODIs and went on to win 2-0 Test series with the last Test match was canceled due to Christchurch to a terrorist attack.
Then they came to the biggest stage of the cricket world; the ICC Cricket World Cup. They began strongly against Sri Lanka with a massive ten-wicket victory. Then they faced Bangladesh in which it ended in 2 wicket win in a thrilling match. Following their next game against Afganistan, it was another easy win. They had their washout game against India, before going on to beat South Africa in what was one of the most thrilling games of the competition. Unbeaten after six games, they faced Pakistan. But they came out on top of them, with a Babar Zama special of 101* lead New Zealand to their first loss. Consecutive losses against Australia and England soon followed that. They were tied with Pakistan on the points table, but we’re ahead of them due to the net run rate.
They faced India in the semi-finals. But the game was split in two days due to rain. Batting first, New Zealand managed 239-8 with top scores from their backbones Kane Williamson (67) and Ross Taylor (74). Defending such total against the world’s best batting attack, New Zealand quickly sends them 5-3, then 24-4. Then 92-6. But the massive partnership between Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni set back. However, Williamson’s calm and relaxed leadership got their wickets at the right time, and India then suffered another collapse to be bowled out for 221. As a result of the 18 run victory, New Zealand went through the final for the second consecutive time.
They met the host England, the fresh off win against Australia. New Zealand batting first, managed 241-8. Henry Nicholls (55), Tom Latham (47), and Williamson (30) were the scorers. New Zealand fought back against the hosts, as they reduced them to 86-4. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler took the target to their reach with a healthy partnership. But the kiwis fought back again. They eventually bowled England out for 241, but that lead to super over.
Starting the super over, England posted 15 runs. New Zealand needed 16. They squeeze them with the required final ball only 2, only for Martin Guptill failed to get the second. That resulted in England becoming world champs for the first time while New Zealand, runner ups for the second consecutive time.
Following the World Cup, New Zealand toured Sri Lanka for two-Test and three-match T20I series. The Test series was drawn 1-1, but New Zealand won the T20I series 2-1. The last T20I was special actually, for Sri Lanka. For Lasith Malinga in particular. He took four wickets in 4 balls, which also resulted in him becoming the first man to take 100 T20I wickets.
Then England came to New Zealand. The five-match T20I series was no less. The series was tied 2-2 with one to go. However, that final series brought a memory; the game ended in a tie, and super over was called. But this time, the super over wasn’t a thrilling one. England scored 18, but New Zealand managed 8. The series went to England.
New Zealand’s final international series was in Australia. A three-match Test series. But it was nowhere near competitive. It was a horrible 3-0 whitewash to end their 2019.
Test matches: P:8, W:4, L3, D:1
ODI matches: P:21, W:13, L:7, T:1
T20I matches: P:12, W:7, L:4, T:1
In the end, New Zealand had a better run in 2019. They were an outstanding team.