Black Caps' Trent Boult delivers brutal T20 spell late as England crumble

Brandon Parsons
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.

Guptill and Williamson made up for the loss of Munro with an 82-run partnership, during which Guptill brought up his half-century.

The hosts on Tuesday moved to shore up their batting by including former Hong Kong global Mark Chapman and big-hitting wicketkeeper Tim Seifert. Alex Hales along with Dawid Malan provided some stability in the run chase and with a partnership of 65 runs where Hales played the role of aggressor as he took 20 runs of Boult's over to take England's score to 50 in 5 overs. Dawid Malan fought a lone battle with a valiant 59 and the lower order threatened, but Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult took two wickets each to wrap the game.

As a result of their win, New Zealand have now won one match and lost one, while England have tasted defeat in all three of their games.

New Zealand will clinch a place in the final on 21 February if they beat Australia on Friday.

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.

Williamson's first job was to back up Guptill, who launched Adil Rashid for three slog-swept sixes en route to 65 from 40 balls.

Chris Jordan produced a remarkable one-handed catch on the boundary to see off Colin de Grandhomme for a golden duck. Liam Plunkett was rusty on his return from a hamstring strain; Jordan was driven for two sixes in the last over by the second NZ debutant Tim Seifert, who like Chapman gave New Zealand's innings a final thrust with a couple of sixes.

However when a dawdling James Vince was run out by Williamson, it started a steady stream of wickets that stole England s momentum. England bowled a lot of length balls, they were not the thing to bowl on there, it was a good pitch.

Roy says they've got a bee in their bonnet and want to make sure the next game is a strong performance. It was important we assessed the wicket. We did not get the cameos in the middle either.

"You can write what you like, that's fine", Williamson said.

"They were tough fielding conditions but the way they bowled at the death, they stepped up to the mark today".

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

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