Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

T20I tri-series: Kane Williamson powers New Zealand to victory against England

T20I tri-series: Kane Williamson powers New Zealand to victory against England

Willey (21) tried to provide late resilience with his 10-ball cameo but Boult was brilliant in the end overs as New Zealand sealed a 12-run victory to get their first points in the tri-series.

Australia are already through to the final after three wins from as many games and New Zealand will join them if they can beat David Warner's side on Friday, 18 February.

Alex Hales and Dawid Malan stabilised the innings with a 65-run partnership before Hales was caught by De Grandhomme at deep midwicket off the bowling of Ish Sodhi for a 24-ball 47, which included six boundaries and three sixes. A third 50 in four matches for Dawid Malan (59) and some proper clouts from David Willey gave the locals something to stick around for. Adil Rashid's 2nd over, 9th of the innings saw Guptil deposit him over the line for a six.

Buttler put the hosts in after winning the toss, hoping an mottled-looking drop-in pitch with huge bald patches would prove unplayable. The two then started the assault on the English bowlers and added 82-runs together. He celebrated by clipping Wood over fine leg for a six very next ball.

It looked at first as though de Grandhomme had lashed his first ball for six but Jordan had the last word.

Jordan impressively had the presence of mind to keep his feet just inside the boundary rope while landing to make sure of the dismissal.

Williamson, though, was the one that got away.

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He escaped an early scare when he went for a quick single to get off the mark and would have been out if Mark Wood had hit the stumps from close range. It would have been a ripe moment for Sam Billings to come good, and yet again it was not to be, but it was England's bowlers who had made the task impossible.

With debutant Tim Seifert hammering a six-ball 14, New Zealand finished on 196/5 off 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 global scoring 20 off 13. He played 19 T20I matches for Hong Kong between 2014 and 2016.

A final equation of 37 from the last three overs was theoretically achievable but when Boult toppled Jordan and Plunkett with consecutive yorkers, the issue was settled.

"They need to have a lot more guile".

The West Indies will take on a Rest of the World XI in a one-off Twenty20 tie at Lord's to raise funds to fix Caribbean cricket grounds damaged by hurricanes.

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