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New Zealand level series with a sporting victory over England

Following a seven wicket defeat in Christchurch in the series opener, the Kiwis bounced back strongly.

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New Zealand level series with a sporting victory over England
James Neesham scores 42. Photo: Getty Images

In nearly twenty months since they last scripted a win over England, New Zealand claimed a rare 21-run victory against the visitors leveling the five match series one all.

Following a flat seven wicket defeat in Christchurch in the series opener, the Kiwis bounced back strongly riding on a number of marvelous fielding efforts in front of a 10,539 Wellington crowd on Sunday.

The scenario was quite contrasting for England, they suffered dearly on account of poor catching after sending New Zealand to bat first. The Kiwis posted 176 losing 8 having Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham starring the show.

Guptill hinted some return to form, scoring 41 from 28 balls at the top of the order whichever his highest score in last 14 limited overs innings.

De Grandhomme pushed 28 from 12 balls in the middle of the innings and Jimmy Neesham while appearing in his first Twenty20 international in almost two years, hit 42 from 22 balls near the end of the innings.

In reply, England looked comfortably cruising to the victory target at 91 for four in the 11th over. But New Zealand struck back to capture remaining six wickets in a hurry note with a ball to spare.

Mitchell Santner claimed three for 25 while Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi took two wickets apiece.

Santner who was adjudged man of the match, said, “When the fielders are backing the bowlers up, it makes it that much easier.

“We just needed to improve a little bit in all three aspects (from Christchurch),” he added. “We needed to adapt our plans a little bit but we managed that.”

England captain Eoin Morgan said it was easy to analyse the reasons for the loss, and the issues were repairable.

“We dropped catches and we continued to lose wickets,” he said.

“We need to keep the attacking positive mindset. I think it’s important to make mistakes, but I think the most important part is to learn from them.”

 

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