Black Caps v England T20 from Wellington

Hope Soto
February 16, 2018

Earlier, Martin Guptill and captain Williamson blazed half-centuries after New Zealand were insertedon a pitch that played truly despite its patchy appearance.

ENGLAND'S wait for a tri-series win goes on after losing to New Zealand by 12 runs.

Williamson hit four sixes and four boundaries in his stay and combined with Martin Guptill (65) to put on 82 for the second wicket.

New Zealand s move to shore up the batting also paid off as former Hong Kong global Mark Chapman made a useful cameo of 20 off 13 on his New Zealand debut.

A blinding 47 off 24 balls from opener Alex Hales and 59 off 40 from Dawid Malan gave England some hope but they didn't get sufficient support as the required run rate steadily climbed.

Sodhi, Boult and Mitchell Santner took two wickets apiece, while Southee claimed one. Guptill (65) looked positive from the outset hitting four boundaries in the first three overs but the 39-run opening stand ended when Colin Munro (11) pulled a Mark Wood (2-51) delivery to deep square leg and New Zealand ended the powerplay with a score of 50 for one.

A third successive defeat for the English, including two to Australia, means a trans-Tasman final will be assured if the Black Caps can beat Australia in Auckland on Friday.

Adil Rashid pegged back the Kiwis with two wickets in two balls but Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert took the Black Caps to 196, a winning total in the end.

Two slumping sides meet in tonight's tri-series Twenty20 match in Wellington.

Williamson helped his New Zealand side post 196 for five in Tuesday's Trans Tasman T20 game
Williamson helped his New Zealand side post 196 for five in Tuesday's Trans Tasman T20 game

Disease and Wellington's unusually warm summer were blamed for the lengthy barren patch, and stand-in England captain Jos Buttler gladly offered it to his bowlers in the hope it would play tricks for the quicks.

Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates with his teammates.

Run out of Vince by skipper Williamson and Sodhi's second victim skipper Buttler saw England slide further in the run chase.

"We played a lot better cricket today and it's just disappointing not to get over the line".

"(New assistant coach) Ricky Ponting has been doing some really good work with him, so we'd expect him to come out of that rut pretty quickly.

"There's been occasions recently when you want to contribute but it wasn't to be".

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

"They probably got a few too many, we were just off it a little with the ball".

"They put us under pressure and we tried to find way to break that partnership".

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