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03-Sep-2023 17:10:00 GMT
Eng vs NZ - 3rd T20I, Edgbaston

Allen, Jamieson, Sodhi wrap England up for big win

New Zealand 202 for 5 (Allen 83, Phillips 69) beat England 128 (Buttler 40, Jamieson 3-23, Sodhi 3-33) by 74 runs

Birmingham: England were outplayed by a resurgent New Zealand who won the third T20 international by 74 runs at Edgbaston on Sunday.

After opener Finn Allen struck 83 in New Zealand's 202-5, the tourists tied down England's vaunted top order as the hosts chased an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

Jonny Bairstow was caught for 12 from 16 balls, Dawid Malan struggled for 10 balls for only two while in-form Harry Brook holed out for eight.

Jos Buttler gave England fans hope with 40 from 21 balls but his dismissal, caught and bowled off Mitchell Santner, effectively ended his side's hopes.

They were bowled out for 128 in the 19th over with leg-spinner Ish Sodhi taking 3-33 and seamer Kyle Jamieson an excellent 3-23 on his return from a back injury.

Earlier, Allen hit six sixes and four fours while New Zealand's innings was given further impetuous by Glenn Phillips' 69 from 34 balls.

The result means the four-match series heads to the finale on Tuesday at Trent Bridge with the final score to be decided.

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