New Zealand defeated England by 12 runs at Westpac Stadium, Wellington and opened their account in the ongoing tri-series on Tuesday.
Winning the toss and decided to bowl first, England could not do anything well according to their plans. Started with the bowling, they managed to pick early wicket of Kiwis’ opening batsman Colin Munro but after that a strong partnership between Martin Guptill and skipper Kane Williamson provided New Zealand a great support in the middle overs. And with the help of Guptill’s 65 and Williamson’s 72, the Black Caps ended their innings with a big total of 196 runs.
In reply, England did not get a blasted start as they lost their brutal opener Jason Roy at a score of just 14 runs on the board. Following that Alex Hales and Dawid Malan tried to handle their team in the middle and the duo added 65 runs together on the board before Ish Sodhi scalped Hales’ wicket who was batting brilliantly at 47 runs.
After the wicket of Hales, no other batsmen made any good partnership with Malan and England suffered their third consecutive defeat in this tri-series.
With this win, New Zealand moved up in the points table as they have now 2 earned two points in 2 matches while England are at the below in the points table with 0 points.
At the post-match conference, Kane Williamson bagged the Man of the Match award for his blistering knock of 46-ball 72 runs.
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