'Cricket carnage': Records tumble as England post monster T20 score

Dawid Malan drops his bat as he plays a shot during game four of the Twenty20 International series between New Zealand and England. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

Dawid Malan has struck a maiden century from 48 balls in a record partnership with Eion Morgan to propel England to a 76-run win over New Zealand in their fourth Twenty20 cricket international.

The powerhouse win levels the five-match series 2-2.

Malan's unbeaten century was the fastest by an Englishman in a T20 international, beating by 12 balls Alex Hales' record of 60 deliveries and lifting England to 3-241, their highest score in the format.

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New Zealand, never in the match, were dismissed for 165 in the 17th over.

Morgan was out in the last over for 91, ending a 182-run partnership which was the highest by an England pair in T20s and the fourth highest of all-time.

Malan finished 103 not out. The left-hander now has a century and five half centuries from nine international innings and an average of 57.25.

Malan said Morgan launched the England attack "and I sort of jumped in his slipstream".

"I got to about 80 and I thought these boundaries are so small I may as well have a crack.

"The intent (Morgan) showed from ball one took the pressure off me especially early on in my innings."

Tom Banton opened briskly for England, hitting 31 from 20 balls after Black Caps stand-in captain Tim Southee made the inexplicable decision to bowl on the best batting wicket in New Zealand.

Malan came to the crease and immediately dominated following the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow (8) in the fourth over.

England's Dawid Malan lifts his bat as he walks from the field at the end of England's innings during the Twenty20 cricket match between New Zealand and England at McLean Park in Napier on November 8, 2019. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

He reached his half century from 31 balls, just ahead of Morgan who posted his 11th T20 50 from only 21 deliveries.

However Malan provided the inexorable thrust, posting a second half century from 17 deliveries and reaching a century which included nine fours and six sixes.

The pair smacked 76 runs from the 10th to the 14th overs, achieving an almost unstoppable momentum.

They then helped England add 85 in the last five overs with only left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (2-32) emerging with any credit.

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro gave New Zealand's run chase early pace, raising a half century partnership in 4.1 overs.

But Guptill, having reached 27 from 14 balls, thrashed a delivery from Tom Curran into the leg side and found the only man within 50 meters - Malan.

The series' final match is at Auckland on Sunday.