New Zealand came back from nowhere as England collapsed which saw five wickets for just 10 runs that allowed Kiwis to get a 14-run victory over the guests in Nelson. The Blackcaps produced a brilliant death bowling display to restrict England from a win. They lead the series by 2-1 in the five-match series.
Southee’s side after posting a par score with the help of a very quick half-century from Colin de Grandhomme. He scored 55 of just 35 balls to take his side to 180. New Zealand’s bowlers were very expensive on a small ground as England top order batsmen Dawid Malan and James Vince built a very strong partnership to put their side in a good position.
Colin de Grandhomme named Man-of-the-match for his brilliant fifty. He was helped by Ross Taylor, who produced a very compiled innings of 27 from 24 balls, in a 66-run partnership after New Zealand were three down in the eighth over.
It was England’s captain Eoin Morgan’s wicket that brought back Blackcaps in the match. England managed to hit just one boundary in the final five overs to throw away a win. They’re go 2-1 down series.
Dawid Malan and James Vince have batted so well to press their respective claims for England’s T20 World Cup squad. The pair provided a good chance for Morgan’s team to get over the line unfortunately yet another collapse helped New Zealand to take the match away in the last five overs.
Vince sent Billings back after collecting three singles of first three deliveries in the 16th over which resulted into latter’s wicket.
Pacer Ferguson’s double-strike pushed England further behind in the 18th over. England managed to get just one boundary in the last 34 balls. Lockie Ferguson and Tickner proved difficult for the visiting side to handle and both bowlers finished with two for 25.
The next match will be played between New Zealand and England on Friday in Napier.