Williamson, Guptill fire Kiwis in T20

Posted February 15, 2018

New Zealand ended their three-match losing streak with a 12-run victory over England in a tri-nations Twenty20 cricket global on Tuesday, inspired by an innings of 72 from captain Kane Williamson.

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.

With today's 82-run partnership, the duo of Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson have scored a total partnership runs of 1,129, the second most by any pair in the T20 format.

Williamson and debutant Mark Chapman, who was born and has played for Hong Kong, added 48 runs to the score before Williamson was clean bowled by Jordan for 72, which came off 46 deliveries and included four boundaries and four sixes. Alex Hales was back to his best though, striking 47 off only 24 balls, until he pulled straight to deep midwicket; James Vince was run out when, as in the Brisbane Test, he could have dived; and after Colin Munro had bowled a couple of overs of length to apply the break, Buttler lofted to long-off.

Sodhi, Boult and Mitchell Santner took two wickets apiece, while Southee claimed one.

They finished on 184 for nine and will bow out of the series should New Zealand beat Australia on Friday or if they fail to defeat the Kiwis in Hamilton 48 hours later.

Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson has been quick to praise the efforts of the new faces in the New Zealand squad during the tri-series win over England.

Buttler put the hosts in after winning the toss, hoping an mottled-looking drop-in pitch with huge bald patches would prove unplayable.

Guptill made 65 off 40 balls, his third half century in seven T20 innings this season.

They got there without Colin de Grandhomme, whose effortless lofted drive first ball looked like six, but was instead plucked out of the air by a brilliant one-handed Jordan grab.

Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates with his teammates.

England started brightly in reply before the consistent loss of wickets stifled progress, meaning the tourists fell 12 runs short. "We dragged it back pretty well but they got too many", he said. We were just off with our skills and the wicket played better than everyone thought.

"It's important we try and get a read of the surface as quickly as possible and get stuck into our work".

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

"We need a favour from Australia to beat New Zealand - we will see what happens".