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13-Feb-2018 09:35:00 GMT
NZ v Eng, 4th T20I, Wellington

Williamson, Guptill stars as New Zealand to win

Wellington: England suffered a third Twenty20 defeat in a row as they were beaten by New Zealand in the fourth match of the Twenty20 tri-series in Wellington on Tuesday, which also involves Australia.

The Black Caps made 196-5 after being put into bat, with Martin Guptill (65) and Kane Williamson (72) putting on 82.

Alex Hales (47) got England off to a quick start but they lost James Vince, Jos Buttler and Sam Billings cheaply.

Dawid Malan (59) gave England hope but, needing 37 from the last three overs, the tourists reached 184-9.

The defeat leaves England, who had lost twice to Australia going into this match, with zero points and they have one match left against New Zealand on Sunday, 25 February.

This win over England puts the Kiwis on two points and they have games against Australia, who beat them in the opening game of the competition and England remaining.

Brief scores:
New Zealand 196 for 5 (Williamson 72, Guptill 65, Rashid 2-36, Wood 2-51) beat England 184 for 9 (Malan 59, Hales 47, Santner 2-29, Boult 2-46, Sodhi 2-49) by 12 runs

Earlier, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill both hit half-centuries as New Zealand set England a challenging target of 197.

Williamson silenced his critics after a recent lean spell in the shortest form of the game, scoring 72 from 46 balls as New Zealand finished on 196 for five from their 20 overs.

Opener Guptill contributed 65 from 40 deliveries and there was a useful cameo from debutant Mark Chapman, with the former Hong Kong international scoring 20 off 13.

England's stand-in captain Jos Buttler put the hosts in to bat after winning the toss, hoping an mottled-looking drop-in pitch with huge bald patches would prove unplayable.

But the gamble backfired as the wicket held up and New Zealand's batsmen finally hit their stride after three straight T20 losses.

Adil Rashid was the pick of England's bowlers, taking two for 36 in his four overs, while paceman Mark Wood picked up two for 51.


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