New Zealand have handed England their third defeat in the Trans-Tasman tri-series as the Blackcaps sneak to a 12-run victory in the fourth match at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. New Zealand lost to Australia in Sydney earlier in the tri-series.
England sent New Zealand to bat first in the first match of the New Zealand leg of the tri-nation T20 series. The hosts posted 196/5 in 20 overs with fifties from Martin Guptill and skipper Kane Williamson. They put on 82 runs for the second-wicket after losing Colin Munro’s crucial wicket.
Guptill hammered 40-ball 65 with 6 fours and 3 sixes. Williamson was not certain to play in this match with back injury. And he turned out to play a match-winning knock of 72 runs from 46 deliveries including 4 fours and 4 maximums.
Hong Kong’s Mark Chapman and wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert made 20 and 14* runs respectively on their debut. For Chapman, it was his first game for New Zealand after he had represented Hong Kong.
Mark Wood and Adil Rashid took two wickets each for England.
In reply, Alex Hales and Dawid Malan lifted England with a 65-run stand after losing opener Jason Roy. Hales scored 24-ball 47 with 6 fours and 3 sixes. Malan’s stay was important for the visitors but he was dismissed after scoring 59 runs from 40 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes.
England collapsed after the second-wicket partnership was broken. David Willey played 10-ball 21-run knock but that wasn’t good enough for them to win.
New Zealand won by a little margin of runs, 12. Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner scalped two wickets each.
New Zealand 196/5 in 20 overs (Williamson 72, Guptill 65; Rashid 2/36, Wood 2/51)
England 184/9 in 20 overs (Malan 59, Hales 47; Santner 2/29, Boult 2/46)
New Zealand won by 12 runs
Man of the Match: Kane Williamson (72)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com