By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Kane Williamson hits 72 and Martin Guptill powers 65 as New Zealand amass 196-5
- Dawid Malan’s 59 and Alex Hales’ 47 give England hope but they fall 12 runs short
- Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi each take 2 wickets as England end on 184-9
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – England’s poor bowling leaves their batsmen with too much to do as they lose their Twenty20 International against New Zealand by 12 runs.
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Jason Roy – 2/10 – Hit a crunching pull shot for four and then followed it with another crisp drive to the boundary. However, he gave away his wicket yet again with a loose shot that looped up for an easy catch to Trent Boult.
Alex Hales – 7/10 – Demonstrated exquisite skill and timing and impressive power during explosive innings of 47 from 24 balls. England would have won if he had stayed in, but he carelessly got out by slapping a long hop from Ish Sodhi straight into the hands of mid-wicket.
Dawid Malan – 7/10 – Took a while to get going but played some very good shots (including a huge slog-sweep for six) during his determined innings of 59 from 40 balls that gave England a chance of victory.
James Vince – 3/10 – Looked in good touch as he hit a glorious six over wide mid-off, but was run out for 10 when he attempted a risky single. It echoed his dismissal in the First Test of the recent Ashes series.
Jos Buttler – 1/10 – Sliced a catch to Tim Southee when he attempted to hit Ish Sodhi for six to be dismissed for just 2 when England needed a contribution from him.
Sam Billings – 3/10 – Ran hard to score 12 runs from 11 balls faced but failed to improve England’s scoring rate at a time when it was quite stagnant. Got out by playing an ugly swipe off Mitchell Santner.
David Willey – 6/10 – Failed to put New Zealand under pressure by taking an early wicket or two and ended with figures off 0-36 in 4 overs. His explosive cameo of 21 off 10 balls briefly looked like it might propel England to an unlikely win.
Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Mixed performance as he took 2-36. Lucky to get Guptill’s wicket with a wide down the leg-side that the batsman chipped to Plunkett, then beat de Grandhomme in the flight next ball to get another dismissal. Dropped a tough caught-and-bowled chance given by Williamson that cost 35 runs.
Chris Jordan – 6/10 – Did a decent job of keeping the run rate down during his spell of 1-34 and got the wicket of Williamson by building pressure and then firing in a good yorker. Superb catch on the boundary to remove de Grandhomme.
Liam Plunkett – 5/10 – He was England’s tidiest bowler as he conceded 33 runs in 4 overs. However, he failed to take a wicket in the middle overs when his team needed breakthroughs.
Mark Wood – 4/10 – Dismissed Colin Munro early on and Mark Chapman later in the innings but was woefully expensive as he went for 51 runs in 4 overs. Also missed an easy chance to run out Williamson early in his innings.
Martin Guptill – 8/10 – Set the tone for his team with excellent display of big-hitting during entertaining innings of 65 off 40 balls. Poor dismissal to a ball down the leg-side.
Colin Munro – 3/10 – Struck a couple of nice boundaries but got out too cheaply for 11.
Kane Williamson – 8/10 – Produced a classy innings of 72 that was perfectly-paced. He scored 39 off his first 30 balls and then accelerated to score 37 off his final 16.
Colin de Grandhomme – 3/10 – Went for a big hit off his first ball and was caught on the boundary for a golden duck. However, he bowled two tidy overs for 15 runs that helped strangle England’s momentum.
Mark Chapman – 6/10 – Announced himself in international cricket with two massive sixes over the mid-wicket boundary during a useful cameo of 20 from 13 balls.
Ross Taylor – 5/10 – Scored 1 run off the 1 ball he faced and remained unbeaten.
Tim Seifert – 7/10 – Followed an extraordinary cut shot for six with a cover drive that went for another maximum during an important little cameo of 14 not out from 6 balls.
Mitchell Santner – 8/10 – Superb display of left-arm spin to take 2-29 in 4 overs during a high-scoring game. Got the crucial wicket of Malan with well-flighted delivery. Knocked a relatively catch over the boundary for six.
Tim Southee – 7/10 – Excellent exhibition of disciplined fast-bowling to earn figures of 1-30 in 4 overs. He dismissed Roy early and never enabled England to score quickly against him.
Ish Sodhi – 5/10 – Lucky to be gifted wickets of Hales and Buttler as his inconsistent line and length was punished by some powerful hitting from Malan.
Trent Boult – 5/10 – Smashed all around the ground by Hales in his first spell, but returned to remove Jordan and Plunkett late in the innings and ended with 2-46 in 4 overs.
England play New Zealand in their 4th match of the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Series in Hamilton on Sunday 18th February. The match starts at 6am GMT.
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