Williamson, Guptill fire Kiwis in T20

Kane Williamson has a back niggle and Henry Nicholls is in the squad as cover for the Black Caps captain

The win has taken New Zealand to the second place in the tri-series while England languish at the bottom after losing all the three games they have played that include two against Australia.

Kane Williamson (left) and Martin Guptill both scored fifties.

Lloyd believes New Zealand had better bowling plans and urged England to use part-time bowlers such as Dawid Malan and James Vince to give opposition batsmen something different to think about. 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. Despite some fielding blemishes, the Black Caps were always ahead of the game. But when Hales went in the ninth over, no other England batsman could make a sizeable contribution and they lost wickets at crucial times.

England captain Jos Buttler said he wanted to see what his attack could do on an unpredictable looking drop-in pitch at Westpac Stadium that features huge bald patches.

New Zealand found the breakthrough, though, and Colin de Grandhomme caught dangerman Hales for 47 from Ish Sodhi's short delivery.

With debutant Tim Seifert hammering a six-ball 14, New Zealand finished on 196/5 off their 20 overs.




This was his day.

Williamson's spot has been under pressure after several ineffectual knocks in T20 internationals and his selection in the shortest form was called into question last week by former Black Cap Simon Doull.

After a few sighters he morphed into Chris Lynn, swinging hard and sending four soaring into the crowd including back-to-back sixes off Wood, clubbed over the leg side. "Get him on, bowl him for an over!" This was their third defeat from three, meaning that, should New Zealand beat Australia in Auckland on Friday, the Kiwis will be through to face those same opponents in the final a week today.

Rashid struck again on his next ball as Colin de Grandhomme was brilliantly caught by Chris Jordan at long-off. The young lefthander showed he has a bit about him in his sparky cameo off 20 off13 balls.

Roy's slump continued, after a false stroke to Tim Southee, but his opening partner Alex Hales got going and looked set to repeat his 80 off 42 balls of five years ago, when England won their only T20 at the ground.

Earlier, Williamson discovered how much can hinge on one ball. With the required rate climbing over 10, the skipper tried to go large but Southee circled and held on.

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