New Zealand eclipse England in 2nd T20I, level series

New Zealand enjoyed a 21- runs victory over England in the second Twenty20 international match to level the five-match series 1-1.

Ish Sodhi takes two wickets. Photo: Getty Images

Poor fielding cost England heavily after they won the toss and asked New Zealand to bat first. The Kiwis made 176-8. In reply, England were all out for 155 in the 20th over.

For the home team, Martin Guptill was at the top of the innings making 41 off 28 deliveries, while Jimmy Neesham clouted 42 off 22 that included four sixes. De Grandhomme also added pace to the innings when he fired 28 runs off just 12 balls.

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On chasing the total, after England lost Johnny Bairstow first ball, and Vince in the second over, Morgan and Malan set the rebuilding task quite well with Morgan scoring 32 while Malan adding 39.

But the fielding standard of New Zealand was quite opposite to that of England in this particular occasion. Colin de Grandhomme held four catches while Martin Guptill took two making the visiting side fall apart all of a sudden.

de Grandhomme took his his first catch that of Eoin Morgan sliding the wicket loss for England except but Chris Jordan who provided some resistance in the lower part of the order with 36 off 19.

Mitchell Santner had the last laugh dismissing Jordan. He took 3-25 from four overs to be voted man of the match.

“When the fielders are backing the bowlers up, it makes it that much easier,” Santner said.

“We just needed to improve a little bit in all three aspects (from Christchurch),” he added. “We needed to adapt our plans a little bit but we managed that.”

“I thought the Black Caps played incredibly well,” England captain Eion Morgan said. “I thought we bowled reasonably well but they batted well and used the dimensions of the field really well.

“We didn’t bat or field anywhere near as well as we did the other way. We dropped catches and continued to lose wickets.”

Game three in the series is in Nelson on Tuesday.

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