New Zealand beats England by 12 runs: Tri-series

 

Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson put the disputation around his worth as a T20 player to bed with a brilliant knock of 72 runs off 46 balls to help New Zealand to their first victory in the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series by 12 runs over England at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

David Willey, England's last realistic chance of victory, was run out off the final ball of the 19th over by Seifert as Boult and Southee nailed their yorkers. The tourists ended up 12 runs short and with their hopes of qualification for the final on Wednesday (February 21) in Auckland hanging by the flimsiest of threads. Kiwis captain responded in the most thrilling way in Wellington after being passed fit for the match before the start of play. 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 196-5 always looked too much for England. Dawid Malan for England score handsome 59 runs

It was England's third defeat in a row after losing both their matches in Australia. Although they remain in with a chance of making the final if other results go their way, they are staring down the barrel of elimination and their three showings so far have been disappointing considering their excellence in the recent one-day series in Australia.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 196/5 (Kane Williamson 72, Martin Guptill 65; Adil Rashid 2-36) beat England 184/9 (Dawid Malan 59, Alex Hales 47; Mitchell Santner 2-29) by 12 runs

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