New Zealand banked on an all-round performance from their cricketers to beat England by 12 runs.
Batting first, New Zealand posted 195 runs on the board. They handed Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert the debut cap. In addition, Chapman earlier represented Hong Kong, while Seifert, a wicket-keeper batsman replaced Tom Blundell.
New Zealand batters shine:
Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson built a great partnership since they lost the early wicket of Colin Munro in the fifth over. Since then, the duo dominated the England bowlers, as they played with great authority.
Also, Guptill scored 65 runs off 40 balls including six fours and three sixes. While Williamson played a magical knock of 72 runs off just 46 balls.
However, some quick runs down the order from the debutant helped the Kiwis post 195 runs on the board. Also, England bowlers went for plenty with Adil Rashid and Mark Wood returning with two scalps each.
The Run Chase:
Meanwhile, England’s run chase got a major blow when Ish Sodhi removed Alex Hales (47), as England strived at 79 for two in the 9th overs.
However, since then, England’s middle-order crumbled, as Trent Boult, Sodhi, and Mitchell Santner proved critical for the host. Also, they bagged two wickets each. Southpaw Dawid Malan (59) tried to take his team home but ran out of partners at England managed 184 from their quota of 20 overs.
Further, here is how the twitter reacted, as New Zealand beats England by 12 runs:
— Martin Devlin (@DevlinLive) February 13, 2018
Willey dives in desperation for 1 run, which wasn't enough anyway, and is run out. England beaten again. #NZvENG
— Paul Double Teapot (@LegB4Cricket) February 13, 2018
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) February 13, 2018
Is that when you’re so lazy you crap yourself?#NZvsEng
— Mike Thorpe (@MikeThorpeTVNZ) February 13, 2018
— Er Saurabh Jha🏏🇮🇳 (@SaurabhTen) February 13, 2018
Consecutive wickets in consecutive balls with a similar yorker length. You beauty Trent Boult. Thats what we wanna observe from you. Englishmen Completely frustrated cricket fans throughout the tournament.#ENGvsNZ
— Prateek Sitoula (@PrateekSitoula) February 13, 2018
Baffles me how Martin Guptill doesn’t get an IPL contract …. Brilliant Batsman & unbelievable fielder …. !!!!!!!!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 13, 2018
Meanwhile, having seemingly honed in on finally cracking ODI cricket, England appear to have forgotten how to play T20Is. Closing in on an eighth defeat in their last 12 games. #NZvENG
— Jamie Alter (@jamie_alterTOI) February 13, 2018
New Zealand's 196-5 is their highest T20I total v England in New Zealand beating their 192-6 at Hamilton on 12 February 2013#NZvEng
— Arthur_S (@allanholloway) February 13, 2018
When will England bowlers stop trying to bowl long hops and full tosses disguised as “variations”? Can we go back to line and length and yorkers and chase 165 rather than 195?#NZvENG
— Andy Pye (@andympye) February 13, 2018
Top class death bowling from Boult and Southee .
Yorker after yorker.
Just an exhibition.#NZvENG
— Sai Veer (@SaiVeer07) February 13, 2018
Kane Williamson is hitting the ball like it's Simon Doull's head. #NZvENG
— Sanjay Patel (@spat106) February 13, 2018
Terrific execution from New Zealand at the end of England’s innings but another disappointing display from Jos Buttler’s side. #NZvENG
— Jamie Phillips (@JPhillips_SJ) February 13, 2018
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