England ask NZ to bat in tri-series T20

Bryan Strickland
February 15, 2018

Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson put the disputation around his worth as a T20 player to bed with a brilliant knock of 72 runs off 46 balls to help New Zealand to their first victory in the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series by 12 runs over England at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

New Zealand got off the mark in the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 worldwide tri-series with a 12-run win over England in the fourth match in Wellington on Tuesday (February 13). Even the debutant Mark Chapman, who has played for Hong Kong though he was schooled in New Zealand, latched on to Wood, who was swung for three sixes from two short balls and a full toss.

Dawid Malan (59 off 40) blazed away at the end before spinner Mitchell Santner (2-29) did his regular thing to entice a false stroke, then Trent Boult charged in to skittle Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett in successive deliveries to clinch it.

The Black Caps have lost their last three straight matches in the format, while England has been outclassed by Australia in its first two matches of the series. Australia are already through to the February 21 final.

"Williamson, who was named Man of the Match, was delighted to have won the match, and said: "[Important win?] Obviously very important in the context of the series, in some ways a must-win against a very strong England side.

However, Guptill and Williamson were then invited to click through the gears by England's attack: both passing 50 - off 31 and 34 balls, respectively - with a six and then celebrating with a six off the next ball.

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Rashid struck again on his next ball as Colin de Grandhomme was brilliantly caught by Chris Jordan at long-off. He was caught by Billings off Wood at deep square leg. Wicket-keeper Tim Seifert, also on debut, hit two more sixes, making it eleven for the innings, to get New Zealand up to a well over par score.

However when a dawdling James Vince was run out by Williamson, it started a steady stream of wickets that stole England s momentum. We were just off with our skills and the wicket played better than everyone thought.

"I just want to contribute as much as I can to the team whenever I go out, so that is my focus".

"We were just off with our skills.We probably didn't bowl as well as we could have and Guptill and Williamson put us under a lot of pressure", he said.

"They were tough fielding conditions but the way they bowled at the death, they stepped up to the mark today". We did not get the cameos in the middle either.

Buttler added: "We need a favour from Australia to beat New Zealand".

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