Trans-Tasman T20 tri-series


Alex Hales and Dawid Malan scored 47 and 59 respectively in England's total of 184-9, but Buttler says that he and his teammates gave their opponents too much of an advantage as New Zealand posted a target of 197. Dawid Malan though continued his vigil as he kept one end intact but Sam Billings wicket in the 15th over did not good to the English side.

Blazing half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson have guided New Zealand to a 12 run win over England in their Twenty20 cricket worldwide in Wellington.

Captain Kane Williamson led from the front with an innings of 72 off 46 balls against England. Seifert ensured a strong finish as he latched on to Jordan when he missed his yorkers in the final over with consecutive sixes. After warming up the middle of his bat against Mitchell Santner and Southee he gave Trent Boult the full treatment - clubbing 20 runs from his second over.

The defeat means England are now struggling to qualify for the tri-series final, also involving Australia, who are top of the table.

England's bowlers, especially Wood, were proving expensive, but spinner Adil Rashid took the wickets of Guptill and Colin de Grandhomme in successive deliveries to stem the flow of runs.

England, who needed a record score to win, were off to a flier, courtesy of tall opener Alex Hales.

Mark Chapman, Tim Seifert (both on debut).

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New Zealand skipper Williamson said: "It was a must-win for us in terms of the series".

It was particularly chastening for Wood, whose four overs and extra pace allowed 51 runs.

Vince played one dreamy lofted cover drive for six then ran as though he was dreaming, taking on Williamson at mid-off and opting not to dive with a direct finding him short.

The New Zealanders are coming off three T20 losses and commentator Simon Doull has suggested Williamson and coach Mike Hesson step back from the T20 side.

Newcomers Mark Chapman (20) and Tim Seifert (14 not out) provided the late fireworks on their worldwide debuts. England bowled a lot of length balls, they were not the thing to bowl on there, it was a good pitch. "But at the same time, as we've seen throughout the summer already, guys have had time off, they've missed a few games for those reasons and it's a balancing act moving forward because the volume of cricket seems to increase every year".

Conditions: The weather was poor heading into the game but it has cleared up. We were just off with our skills and the wicket played better than everyone thought.